Fair trade Olympics!
Hi FT friends, I was daydreaming today about fair-trade Olympic treats for you, as the games are ever inspiring me! BUT, alas, as the administrative type, creativity is my lesser suit. Instead, I did a nice little google search for you, and guess what i discovered…The 2012 London games are the most Fair Trade Friendly games ever!
“An estimated 14 million meals will be served at the Games, making it the largest peace-time catering operation in the world! From the outset, sustainability has been embedded in the set-up of the Olympics and Fairtrade will be playing its part. All bananas, tea, coffee and sugar will be Fairtrade certified, a tremendous achievement by the Fairtrade Foundation. Furthermore, Cadbury is one of the official sponsors of the Olympics so Fairtrade chocolate will be on display as well.
The Olympic Games present a golden opportunity to promote Fairtrade to audiences from across the globe. Fairtrade is determined to make the most of it.” (source: fairtradeafrica.com)
and ” At the 2012 Olympics millions of visitors will enjoy Fairtrade tea, coffee, chocolate, sugar, bananas, wine and oranges. That’s an estimated 7.5 million cups of tea, 14 million cups of coffee and 10 million bananas.These sales will generate an estimated Fairtrade premium of £100,000 over the six week period of the Games, to be invested by communities in developing countries in their own social and economic projects.It will be the first time that the Fairtrade Mark has appeared on the official menus at an Olympic Games.” (source: fairtradelondon.org).
Isn’t that cool? I think so! in the meantime you can find some fun Olympic crafts here at Olympic Village. Or make this lovely fruit pizza to go with your fair trade tea or coffee!
- 1/3 cup non-hydrogenated shortening
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tbls unbleached flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 4 tbls cold water
Cream Cheese Filling
- 6 tbls butter substitute, at room temperature ( I personally, like Earth Balance)
- 8 oz tofu cream cheese (Tofutti brand is very good)
- 4 c organic powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- blueberries, strawberries, pineapple or mango, kiwi, blackberries
1. Preheat the oven to 375*F
2. MAKE THE CRUST: using a stand mixer, beat the shortening on medium speed until smooth, about 10 seconds. Stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the flour and salt, blending on medium speed until combined, about 30 seconds. Add the cold water 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing for 10 seconds after each addition. Blend the mixture once more until just combined, 30 seconds. (Blending too much will make the dough tough). Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and roll to 1/4″ thick. Prick all over with a fork and place on a pizza stone or baking sheet. Bake until lightly golden, about 12-15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
3. MEANWHILE, MAKE THE FILLING: using a stand mixer, beat the butter substitute on medium-high speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Stop and scrape down the sides of bowl. Add the cream cheese and mix on medium speed until combined, about 1 minute. With the motor still running, slowly add the powdered sugar. Add the vanilla and whip for 1 minute on high speed. Spread evenly on the cooled crust.
4. To make the fruit topping, cut all of the fruit 1/4″ thick. Arrange the fruit, overlapping, on top of the cream cheese filling. Brush the top of the fruit with the apricot preserves for a glossy finish. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
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