Sustainability Day #DrJacksonsEvergreen - 25.10.17

At Dr Jackson’s, we’re dedicated to being environmentally conscious, whilst creating luxurious, effective and natural skincare products and organic herbal teas.


                                      #DrJacksonsEvergreen                                    

BRAND DNA

We do our utmost each and every day to be true to our Brand DNA, this includes our latest upcycling project, looking for ingenious ways to re-purpose our jars and boxes.  

It’s our mission to continue developing as an innovative, ethical and sustainable company, wishing to make a positive impact on our planet and inspire future generations.

WE RECYCLE, PLEASE RECYCLE

Our packaging is always recyclable – from our glass jars and containers, to the recycled paper boxes. Our packaging also centres on sustainably sourced printing with soya ink. Additionally, our tea jar seals are made from biodegradable eucalyptus wood pulp and our tea bags are compostable.

We use natural ingredients which are sourced and harvested in collaboration with rural communities worldwide. We work closely with a global network of green-credential suppliers in all areas of the production chain. Our high quality extracts are obtained directly from their country of origin – two of our key ingredients, Baobab and Kigelia, are harvested wild and sustainably sourced from Africa. 

Dr Jackson’s products are never tested on animals.

DR JACKSON'S UPCYCLING PROJECTS

On our quest for sustainability, we’ve made it our mission to not just recycle, but to upcycle, our pre-loved Dr Jackson’s empties.

First on our agenda were vases and plant pots – the perfect way to inject a bit of colour into any room. Because we love all things natural at Dr Jackson’s, sprucing up our used jars with plant-life seemed like the ideal solution.

   Dr Jackson’s 02 Night Cream transformed into a vase and the 06 Body Perfecting gel as a plant pot.


With the colder and darker months drawing in, now is the perfect time to get cosy and get the candles lit. With a simple candle craft project using sustainable, non-toxic soy wax, our empty jars were given a completely new lease of life. 


                                              Dr Jackson’s jars transformed into candles.                                                                 
There are a whole host of ways that our empty jars or boxes can be creatively re-purposed and we’re excited to explore more methods of doing so over the coming months, so keep your eyes peeled.

We’d love for you to join us in re-purposing your Dr Jackson’s empties – share your upcycling photos with us on Instagram @drjacksonuk and don’t forget to hashtag #DrJacksonsEvergreen🌿. 

Let’s use Sustainability Day as a reminder that we can care for our skin and for the planet at the same time.


Peter Gordon’s Detox Fennel Scrambled Eggs - 1.09.17

How do you like your eggs in the morning? 

In celebration of Better Breakfast Month this September, we hand things over to Peter Gordon. Peter is a wonderful chef, who is known for his unique fusion cuisine and world-renowned restaurants and books. 

Peter Gordon's Detox Fennel Scrambled Eggs

For a weekend brunch I love eggs, and these ones are delicious served on toast with a few chunks of avocado and sliced tomatoes! This may seem a strange thing to do with tea – but the fennel in the tea goes really well with creamy scrambled eggs. 

To serve 2, you will need: 2 teaspoons loose leaf Dr Jackson’s Detox Tea (or the contents from 1 Dr Jackson's Detox tea bag), 100mL cream, ¼ head of fennel (around 50 - 60g) finely chopped or grated, 4 organic eggs, 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil, basil or parsley leaves for garnish.

Place the Detox Tea in a small saucepan with the cream and 30mL (2 tablespoons) water.

Add ¼ of the fennel and bring to a simmer, then cook over low heat for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Turn the heat off and leave to infuse for 5 minutes.

Strain into a heat-proof bowl.

Add the eggs to the cream mixture, along with salt and pepper, and gently whisk together.

In a non-stick pan, sauté the remaining fennel in the olive oil over medium heat, stirring often, until lightly caramelised.

Pour the egg mixture onto the caramelised fennel and reduce the heat a little.

Cook until the eggs are just setting, gently stirring constantly.

Serve straight away, with some herbs sprinkled on top.

Recipe and imagery: Peter Gordon.
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Dr Jackson’s Detox Tea combines digestion-boosting fennel, with elderflower, aniseed and senna fruit to help rid the body of harmful toxins and free radicals. Our FairWild certified Spanish liquorice, known for its deeply calming properties, lends a naturally sweet taste.

Let us know if you recreate this incredible recipe by tagging us in your Instagram pictures: @drjacksonuk.
  

All Things Tea with Chef Peter Gordon - 8.08.17

Whilst we often think of tea as a hot beverage, there really are an incredible array of alternative ways that you can enjoy it. Whether you’re simply brewing a pot of Dr Jackson’s Tea, or injecting some flavour into your cooking – you can’t go wrong. 


Our favourite chef, Peter Gordon, talks us through some great ways to shake simple recipes up with - you guessed it - tea! Peter Gordon is renowned for his unique culinary philosophy and playful fusion cuisine which has had great influence on his distinguished restaurants and books. 

In what surprising ways can tea be used?

It’s easy to begin experimenting with treating tea as a flavouring like you would a dried herb. For example, mint is lovely brewed as a tea with a touch of honey, but it is of course, also delicious in salads, tossed with feta and chunks of watermelon, or mixed with labneh (strained yoghurt). That doesn’t mean you should rip open your teabags and dress your food, but you can definitely use tea in many different ways. Tea can be used as a flavouring in marinades, broths and soups, in dressings, for poaching fruits and even for chocolate truffles. 

What’s your favourite recipe that includes tea?

I love to add an Expedition teabag to a lightly sweet syrup when I’m poaching pears or steeping berries as the rooibos has a lovely ‘tang’ that perfectly complements the fruit. I’ve also added a few teabags in a chicken and coconut soup as the liquorice in the blend has a lovely, warming character that goes wonderfully with coconut milk.

What’s your simplest recipe using Dr Jackson’s teas?

This is so simple, it hardly seems a recipe at all! I drink an awful lot of tea and make mine in a teapot with 2 teabags usually. Inevitably, I have some left over, so I’ve begun freezing the remains in my ice cube tray. Once frozen, I pack them in separate freezer bags according to the various flavours. I’ve found that the Expedition tea-cubes and Relax tea-cubes are delicious in a vodka tonic - or in a mixture of chilled apple and elderflower juice. The Detox tea-cubes are great mixed into fresh juice (especially one that contains beetroot), or in a big jug of iced tea or sangria.

In order to find out more about the benefits of using herbal teas, we spoke with our Chief Scientific Officer, Dr Lori Bystrom, PhD...

Lori, what are the benefits of using herbal teas for cooking? (other than the taste, of course!)

Most herbal teas consist of leaves, roots, rinds and seeds which are the part of the plant that contain the highest concentration of phytonutrients, antioxidants and other phytochemicals that provide medicinal benefits.


Peter Gordon's following recipes will inspire you to get in the kitchen and cook up a tea-infused storm...


EXPEDITION POACHED PEARS



Poached pears are lovely thinly sliced and mixed into leafy salads with crumbled blue cheese or feta, toasted pumpkin seeds, a good splash of extra virgin olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice. Cut them into chunks and add to porridge or a chia breakfast bowl, or serve them as dessert with a dollop of vanilla yoghurt.

You can also add a handful or blueberries or blackberries to the poaching liquid in its last 5 minutes of cooking to add a lovely hue to the pears. Once the pears are eaten, you can use their poaching liquor to cook one more batch of fruit, or use the liquid in smoothies or freeze in ice-cube trays for use in other drinks.  

You will need: 3-4 pears, 2 Dr Jackson Expedition tea bags with paper tags removed and strings still attached (or use loose tea and strain the liquid before adding to the pears), 150g honey (or agave syrup), 20g fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced.

Place the tea bags, honey and ginger to a wide pan large enough to hold the pears and add 1 litre of water.

Slowly bring to a simmer. Simmer with a lid on for 8 minutes.

Remove the tea bags and discard.

Peel the pears. Cut them in half lengthways, remove the seeds and core (use a small teaspoon) and add the pear halves to the liquid.

The pears need to be just submerged in the liquid – add extra water if needed.

Bring back to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.

Lay a paper cartouche (*) on top of the pears, put a lid on and cook for 30 minutes.

Turn the heat off and leave the pears to cool in the liquid – although you can eat them hot.

Store the pears in their liquid in the fridge, covered, for up to 5 days.



* A cartouche is a piece of baking parchment cut a little larger than the size of the lid of the pot. Lay the lid on top of a piece of baking parchment and mark it with a blunt pencil or satay stick – you don’t want to eat pencil lead. Use scissors to cut it out 1cm wider than you’ve marked. Fold it in half and then half again. Cut the point of the paper out, 1/2cm in, and unfold. You will now have a round piece of paper with a small hole in the middle. This is a cartouche.


RELAX HOT CHOCOLATE



This is the perfect bed-time drink. A lovely mixture of dark chocolate, cinnamon, orange zest and oat milk, infused with the calming herbs of Dr Jackson’s Relax Tea – with its lemon balm and valerian. For this, I like to use a darker chocolate of between 60 – 90% cacao solids. You can also make this using soy milk or regular milk. I like to serve a small glass to my dinner guests in winter, just before they head home – and I must say, adding a slug of whiskey or dark rum isn’t bad either!

For 2 mugs (or 4-6 smaller ones), you will need: 2 Dr Jackson’s Relax teabags or use 4 teaspoons of loose tea, 400mL oat milk, ¼ teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 50g dark chocolate chopped (65%-80% cacao solids), ½ teaspoon of orange zest – finely grated.

Place the Relax Tea, oat milk and cinnamon in a small saucepan.

Add 100ml of water then slowly bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally.

Simmer for 5 minutes with a lid on.

Increase the heat a little, but don’t boil it.

Add the chocolate and orange zest and stir until the chocolate has melted into the milk.

Strain into 2 warmed mugs – then head to bed. 

Recipes and imagery: Peter Gordon
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Packing Well and Travelling Light - 19.07.17


From departures to arrivals, dreary home weather to tropical climes, which products promise most bang for their buck when the dreaded baggage restrictions force us to seriously re-think our packing tactics? 


When space is tight and restrictions are, well, restrictions, it’s essential that packing is executed like a professional. With no nonsense dimensions to work with, it’s time to get creative. Hat? check; swimsuit? check; sunglasses? check; book? check; beauty products... where do we begin?


Here’s a selection of Dr Jackson’s key beauty essentials for travelling light and travelling well:

1. 01 Day Cream – this multi-purpose, light day cream provides an essential SPF 20 for all climates. Available in a travel friendly 30mL jar, this luxury product is a no-brainer for ensuring that your skin is hydrated in-flight, and protected from the sun whilst exploring. 

2. 03 Everyday Oil 10mL – compact yet clever, this small roll-on bottle packs a serious punch. For use on cuticles, dry spots, sunburn, troubled skin, and even for taming a beard… you name it, it does it. When space is limited, there’s hardly a product which promises to take up such little space but solve so much. This one’s a must. 

3. 04 Coconut Melt 15mL – In a travel-friendly size, this everything balm not only solves a multitude of skin woes, but does so in a very modest manner. Small but incredibly mighty – what’s not to love? Make sure to keep it in a cool place - coconut oil liquifies in hot conditions. 


    Happy packing!

    9 reasons to visit the Chelsea Flower Show this year - 16.05.17

    Image: Luxurious Magazine

    At Dr Jackson’s, nature is at the heart of everything we do. Our products have been developed using the purest plant-based ingredients, and the health and future of our planet is a key consideration at every stage of our production chain. This is why we’re incredibly excited to attend this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, a glorious celebration of our natural world and the beautiful species that inhabit it.

    Held since 1912, The Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show is one of the most famous flower and garden shows in the world. Every year in May, a group of talented designers descends on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea to build their own unique show garden in just 19 days. Nearly 157,000 people visit the gardens each year, and the exhibits compete for a number of prestigious awards.

    This year, the Chelsea Flower Show will take place from 23rd-27th May. 2017’s exhibits promise to be more innovative, thought-provoking and beautiful than ever before, so we’ve hand-picked the gardens you won’t want to miss:

    Professor Nigel Dunnett’s ‘Greening Grey Britain’ garden will weave its way in and out of life size high-rise buildings, demonstrating how plants can thrive even in the most restricted urban spaces. Look out for the ‘edible meeting table’ and the Show’s first ever display of colourful street art.

    Kate Gould’s ‘City Living’ explores similar themes, creating usable and inviting urban gardens that highlight the importance of green spaces, both for our own sense of wellbeing and that of the environment. Retreat into the shade of tropical, leafy plants and be soothed by the tranquil sounds of the water feature.

    An open and understanding dialogue around mental health is something we’re very supportive of at Dr Jackson’s, so we applaud Ian Price’s ‘Mind Trap’, a physical manifestation of the designer’s personal experience of depression. Metal walls represent the sense of imprisonment that often comes with this illness, while the sunny and vibrant area beyond shows the life that could be enjoyed once the right help and measures of self-care have been taken.

    In ‘Breaking Ground’, Andrew Wilson and Gavin McWilliam aim to raise awareness around the endangered heathland surrounding Wellington College, illustrating the connectivity that enables ecosystems to flourish with the sculptural walls and rills that run through the structure.

    We’re incredibly passionate about educating younger generations on the value of the natural world from the get-go, so this year’s Discovery Zone is after our own hearts! Both little ones and older ones can immerse themselves in a series of sensory environments and interactive displays to learn about everything plants can do for us, from battling life-threatening diseases to improving our psychological health.

    We may be a skincare brand, but we know that what you put into your body is just as important as what you put on it. Designed by Jon Wheatley and inspired by Mary Berry, Chris Evans’s Taste Garden showcases the UK’s delicious and diverse range of natural ingredients, with a special focus on plants that enhance health and wellbeing.

    Smell can be one of our most powerful and evocative senses, as the Jo Whiley Scent Garden, designed in collaboration with Jo Malone, demonstrates. Unlock childhood memories with the scent of woodland walks or let the soothing aroma of fresh-cut flowers wash over you and restore your inner peace.

    Designed by Ruth Willmott, The Breast Cancer Now garden imagines a group of scientists looking through the microscope in their groundbreaking research to cure breast cancer. Three vertical circles represent microscope lenses, while planting schemes mimic cell formations, showing the different stages of the disease.

    No surprises as to why this one’s a favourite at Dr Jackson’s! Seedlip’s conceptual garden recreates a 17th-century apothecary, meaning our products would look right at home. A tribute to the healing properties of plants, symbolic oak housing and laboratory-style benches will be surrounded by botanicals used in ancient - and modern-day - herbal medicine.

    To learn more about The Chelsea Flower show, click here.

    5 activists who will inspire you this Earth Day - 22.04.17


    At Dr Jackson’s, every day of the year is Earth Day.

    From selecting only non-endangered, natural ingredients that are never tested on animals, to using recyclable packaging and consulting green suppliers at every stage of the production chain, we strive for zero waste and are committed to promoting sustainability in all that we do.

    However, in the business of our everyday lives, it’s easy for our perspective to shrink. We get so caught up in ourselves, that we forget the World around us.

    That’s why we always look forward to taking part in this global event: Earth Day is a chance for us to take a step back and evaluate our relationship with nature, and perhaps think about what we can do to make a difference - no matter how big, or how small that change may be. 

    To give you a little motivation, this Earth Day we’re looking at the individuals whom inspire us to make that change. By following their example, we can work together to build a greener, healthier and happier planet.  

    Rajendra Singh
    Image: darpan magazine

    Known as ‘The Water Man’, Rajendra Singh is an award-winning water conservationist from Rajasthan, India.

    The problem: 75,777,997 people in India (that’s 6% of the country’s population) do not have access to clean drinking water.

    The solution: In 1975, Singh founded the pioneering NGO, Tarun Bharat Sangh. The organisation works directly with communities in some of India’s most destitute areas, empowering villages to take charge of their own water management through sustainable development measures.
    Providing access to safe drinking water through the use of rainwater storage tanks and checking dams is just the first step; Tarun Bharat Sangh’s wider vision is to bring dignity and prosperity to these areas with a comprehensive welfare programme that includes better health facilities, an improved education system, equality for women, and more.

    Notable achievements: Rajendra Singh was awarded the Stockholm Water Prize, known as “the Nobel prize for water”, in 2015, having brought clean drinking water to over 1,000 villages in India. His techniques have inspired water conservation initiatives all over the world, including anti-flooding schemes in the UK.

    "When we started our work, we were only looking at the drinking water crisis and how to solve that. Today our aim is higher. This is the century of exploitation, pollution and encroachment. To stop all this, to convert the war on water into peace, that is my life's goal." BBC News


    René Ngongo
    Image: green peace

    René Ngongo is a Congolese biologist, environmentalist and political activist, whose work centres around the conservation of Congo’s rainforests.

    The problem: The world’s second most important rainforest after the Amazon, the Congo rainforest has been seriously damaged by the aftermath of war, population growth and corporate exploitation. This poses huge climate threats that put the livelihood of future generations at risk.

    The solution: Ngongo aims to build popular and political support for the conservation of the Congo rainforest. He has carried out essential, and often dangerous, research on illegal mining operations to help monitor the pillaging of the rainforest’s valuable raw materials. He also encourages local communities to use sustainable land models that satisfy their need for food and fuelwood, and increase their income, without destroying this precious natural habitat.

    Notable achievements: In 1994, Ngongo founded OCEAN, an environmental NGO based in Kisangani that uses the collective force of volunteers to promote agroforestry, plant trees in urban spaces, create reforestation nurseries for threatened species, and lobby for action against rainforest destruction around the world. He has also worked for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Greenpeace and the WWF.

    Those forests should not be considered merely as raw material to be exported and should neither only be seen as a carbon reservoir. Before anything else, it is a living environment, a grocery store, a pharmacy…” - rightlivelihoodaward.org


    Leonardo Di Caprio

    As well as being an Oscar-winning Hollywood actor, Leonardo Di Caprio is a renowned environmental activist.

    The problem: Di Caprio sees climate change as “the most urgent threat facing our entire species”, highlighting global warming, the destruction of the Earth’s biodiversity and the use of fossil fuels as the most pressing issues.

    The solution: Di Caprio uses his celebrity status as a platform to educate people about climate change, as well as raising considerable sums for numerous environmental foundations. He has also produced and starred in several documentaries about climate change, including The 11th Hour, Cowspiracy and Before the Flood.

    Notable achievements: At just 24, Di Caprio established the Leonardo Di Caprio Foundation in 1998, which works to raise environmental awareness. It has launched projects in over 40 countries and won various major awards. In a charity auction for The 11th Hour, Di Caprio raised nearly $40 million for his foundation, making it the highest-grossing environmental charity event ever held.

    “We only get one planet.” - UN Climate Summit speech


    Julia Butterfly Hill
    Image: julia butterfly


    Julia Butterfly Hill is an American environmental activist and motivational speaker, best known for her famous 2-year “tree sit” protest, which saw her live in a 180-foot tree from 1997 to 1999.

    The problem: Environmentally destructive logging actions are a major threat to ecologically significant forests.

    The solution: Hill believes that the solution to the world’s problems lies in action.In 1997, she took a stand against the cutting down of an old-growth redwood tree in North California, which she nicknamed Luna. In what has become a historical act of civil disobedience, she chose to live in the tree for 738 days until the Pacific Lumber Company agreed to preserve it, resulting in huge international awareness of the importance of sustainable forest management techniques.

    Notable achievements: Following her tree sit, Hill founded the Circle of Life Foundation, which aims to build better relationships between humans and the natural world. She has written a book, The Legacy of Luna: The Story of a Tree, a Woman, and the Struggle to Save the Redwoods, about her experience and continues to participate in tree sits to this day.

    Quote: The question we need to ask ourselves is not, “Can one person make a difference?”  Each and every one of us does make a difference.  It is actually impossible to not make a difference. So the question we need to ask ourselves is, “What kind of a difference do I want to make?”

    We are the ancestors of the future.  What do you want your legacy to be?”
    Sylvia Alice Earle
    Image: national geographic

    Sylvia Alice Earle is an American marine biologist, explorer, author and lecturer. She has been a National Geographic explorer-in-residence since 1998. 

    The Problem: Sea life is being destroyed from every direction, between over-fishing, pollution and rising temperatures. Reef paradises that she used to love now dead and rotting.

    The Solution: Her special focus is on developing a global network of areas on the land and in the ocean to safeguard the living systems that provide the underpinnings of global processes, from maintaining biodiversity and yielding basic life support services to providing stability and resiliency in response to accelerating climate change.-national geographic

    Notable Achievements: Sylvia Alice Earle has led more than 400 undersea research expeditions and was named Time Magazine’s very first ‘hero for the planet’ in 1998. Author of a cornucopia of books on the sea, Earle is also executive director for a number of environmental organisations including The Conservation Fund and Ocean Conservancy.-

    "My wish is a big wish, but if we can make it happen, it can truly change the world, and help ensure the survival of what actually — as it turns out — is my favourite species; that would be us. For the children of today, for tomorrow's child: as never again, now is the time" - www.ted.com

    Prepare For a Green Party With Chef Peter Gordon - 21.04.17


    In Celebration of Earth Day April 22nd


    for 4 as a starter

    Asparagus, almonds,
    spiced quail eggs and shiitake
    with miso dressing

    slightly chilled or at room temperature

    A beautiful, elegant salad full of vibrant flavours and contrasting textures. Quail eggs are tricky to peel: use your fingernails and a small sharp knife. If you're unable to source them, then hen's eggs work as a good substitute. 

    Ingredients:

    1 tsp coriander seeds
    ½ tsp nigella seeds
    ¼ tsp cumin seeds
    ¼ tsp fennel seeds
    12 quail eggs
    1 tbsp white vinegar
    300g (10½oz.) fresh shiitake mushrooms, stalks removed and discarded
    800g (1lb. 12oz.) asparagus
    1 handful salad leaves (I used pea shoots)
    1 tbsp lemon juice
    100g (3½oz./3 cup) almonds, toasted and roughly chopped (I used delicious marcona almonds from Spain)
    for the miso dressing
    1 tbsp soy sauce
    2 tbsp mirin
    1 tbsp miso paste (I used shiromiso)
    2 tsp finely chopped or grated ginger
    Method:
    Lightly toast the coriander, nigella, cumin and fennel seeds in a dry frying pan (skillet) over a medium heat until they become aromatic. Leave to cool. Add ½ teaspoon of flaky salt and grind the spices in a spice grinder or using a mortar and pestle.

    Place the quail eggs in a pan large enough to hold them in a single layer. Pour in enough water to cover by 3cm (1¼in.), add the vinegar, bring to the boil and cook for 3 minutes.

    Drain into a sieve or colander, then place in a bowl of iced water and leave for 5 minutes. 

    Peel the eggs and roll them in the ground spices.

    To make the dressing, mix the soy, mirin, miso paste and ginger until the miso has ‘dissolved’, then stir in 2 tablespoons of warm water.

    Bring 200ml (¾ cup) of water to the boil in a medium pan. Slice half the shiitake mushrooms and dice the other half. Add to the boiling water, give a good stir for 20 seconds, then drain into a colander. Leave for 30 seconds, then tip into a bowl and mix in the miso dressing. 

    Cover with cling film (plastic wrap) and leave to marinate, stirring again after 10 minutes.

    Snap the ends from the asparagus and peel the lower 3cm (1¼in.). Blanch in salted boiling water, or steam, for 1½ minutes, then refresh in iced water. Drain..

    To serve, toss the asparagus and salad leaves with the lemon juice and lay them on your plates. Spoon on the mushrooms and marinating juices, then tuck in the quail eggs and scatter with the almonds.


    Savour by Peter Gordon. Published by Jacqui Small, an imprint of The Quarto Group (£25). Out now.  Photography by Lisa Linder. 


    Peter Talks

    As a chef and restaurateur, I am constantly sourcing, buying, cooking, serving and then often eating hundreds of ingredients every week. The style of food I’m known for is Fusion Cuisine and this means I like to source ingredients that can come from any part of the world.  

    Whilst I am all about buying local ingredients in season and supporting local jobs, it is worth noting that many imported ingredients are also sustainable, sometimes with surprisingly low carbon footprints. Not everything can be grown in our British climate - hence gorgeous organic pineapples from Ghana are as appealing to me as Scottish raspberries and a Dover Sole - freshly caught by a day boat off the Southern Coast.  At the moment British asparagus is in season and that’s what we should all be buying (cf asparagus from further away) as it is spankingly fresh and a truly remarkable ingredient that is with us for such a short time. It provides local employment and the commerce and trade it generates helps our local economy.  

    I’ve included a recipe that really makes the most of its texture and flavour - but teamed it with some imported ingredients - although British grown shiitake mushrooms are becoming easier to source and they taste terrific. 

    I’ve also included a recipe for a baobab smoothie.  Baobab cannot be grown in Britain (just like tea, coffee, cacao, vanilla, most spices and many other things we have to import) and many people in Africa rely on the harvesting and processing of this fabulous fruit for their livelihoods. You can easily buy it over the internet or in some forward think health-food stores as a powder which you can sprinkle on your cereal or mix into drinks.  We also use baobab oil in some of our products at Dr Jackson's such as our 01 Day Cream, 02 Night Cream, 03 Face Oil, 05 Face & Eye Essence, 06 Body Perfecting Gel and our Baobab & Rose Oil.



    Baobab Smoothie
    with Blueberry, Mint, Basil & Spinach

    Ingredients:

    300ml plain yoghurt
    300ml milk/fruit juice
    3 tbsp baobab powder
    4 tbsp honey
    120g blueberries
    handful mint & basil leaves
    handful baby spinach leaves (stalks removed)
    handful ice cubes (optional)
    Method:

    Place everything in the blender and whizz for a minute. Consume immediately. Serves 2.


    At home I grow many herbs in my London Fields garden and in pots on the kitchen windowsill. There really is no excuse to buy plastic-wrapped herbs from the shops, as a tub of herbs will keep growing and are low maintenance (don’t over water as they’ll drown and don’t underwater or they’ll dry out) Plus, they give your kitchen a lovely aroma. 

    I've also planted many medium sized trees and shrubs that fill the space with greenery, provide nectar and seeds for bees and birds. Right now, I’m picking tulips and daffodils to fill my vases instead of having to buy flowers from the shops.  My tea leaves always end up on the garden (they make good mulch), and when I have to use my clothes dryer (which drains into a condenser tub rather than out into the drain) I use this water on the garden. Both the tea water and dryer water help a little to reduce my water consumption.  

    At home I never buy bottled water. Instead I use a water filter for all of my drinking water; the thought of buying, carrying, and recycling endless plastic water bottles fills me with dread - it seems so pointless. I have a Sodastream which I carbonate the water with. Again, this saves both plastic and energy. If we all keep doing the little things that count this planet will live on for many years to come. If we don’t, I hate to think what might happen.


    Peter Gordon

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