Cold brew green rooibos iced tea on Rosette Fair Trade
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Cold brew iced tea (easy!)

Is it getting super hot where you are? It’s getting warm in Ottawa, so we’ve started making our daily cold brew iced tea! Cold brew changed my life forever last summer. When I discovered it, I was like, “How have I never done this before? What have I been doing with my life?” Guys. It is so easy. Like, so easy you’ll think you must be doing it wrong because surely something delicious can’t come from so little work, right?! But it does. Customize it with any tea you like,…

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Fair trade DIY projects quarantine edition on the Rosette Network
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12 fair trade DIY projects to keep busy during quarantine

If you’re like me—and most of Canada right now—you’re currently holed up in your house and itching for things to do. But quarantine is no reason to forget that workers along the supply chain deserve to work in a safe environment. In fact, now more than ever, we need to be thinking about our impact on workers and producers. That’s why I’ve got DIYs for you, and not just any DIYs; these are fair trade DIY projects to keep you busy! Most of these DIYs are doubly great because they…

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Scratch butter chicken recipe (chicken in sauce on basmati rice) from Rosette Fair Trade (featured image)
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Scratch butter chicken recipe

I promised you help with your boredom cooking, and I’m going to go out on a limb and say this scratch butter chicken recipe is exactly what you need. Is it perfect, like that incredible morsel you get when you go to a good restaurant? Maybe not. But then, is there anything that tastes better than food you didn’t have to make yourself? I’m pretty sure convenience is the secret ingredient that makes all things better! But shy of having to brave the outdoors, this is about as good as…

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Grannys vegan raisin spice cake recipe on Rosette Fair Trade (featured image alt 2)
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Granny’s (vegan) raisin spice cake

This vegan raisin spice cake from my Granny is from the 1940s. It’s vegan, but that’s totally on accident. In the 1940s, on account of scarcity brought on by the war, folks learned how to make all sorts of treats without rationed things like fresh eggs and butter. This is one of those recipes, and it’s just as delicious today as it was back then! And what a happy discovery it was when I realized that this spice cake is vegan! The trick to this cake is that you cook…

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Double chocolate cookies with marshmallows - recipe by Rosette Fair Trade (featured)
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Double chocolate cookies (customizable!)

Sure, I call them double chocolate cookies. But they’re so versatile I might as well call them s’mores cookies! Pictured in this post are actually double chocolate and marshmallow cookies, for example. Make sure you follow the recipe for the dough, and the add-ins can be whatever you want. (Choose fair trade, of course!) For the ones pictured here, I used semi-sweet chocolate chips from Camino and regular miniature marshmallows for an extra decadent treat. They’re chewy, packed with chocolate flavour and just plain delicious. I’ve baked this cookie recipe…

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Homemade shawarma spice seasoning (recipe) by Rosette Fair Trade
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Homemade shawarma spice recipe

Homemade shawarma spice is that ingredient in your kitchen that you didn’t know you needed. I’m in Ottawa, and that’s important, because we’re talking about shawarma today. Ottawa has been called the shawarma capital of the world (which seems a little rude to our friends in Lebanon, who gave us the delicious treat in the first place, after all). In any case, I do think it’s safe to say that the fine folks of Ottawa-Gatineau have a plethora of shawarma restaurants to choose from, and we know the good, the…

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Honey peanut butter cookies recipe by Rosette Fair Trade 08
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Honey peanut butter cookies (recipe)

If (like me) you love regular peanut butter cookies, just imagine how delicious honey peanut butter cookies are! But what makes these cookies even better is the honey from African Bronze! Not only is it fair trade and organic honey, it also has a very special flavour quality to it because it’s wild. Imagine honey with a hint of blackstrap molasses and spice and you’ll have a pretty good idea of the complexity of the taste! And so it lends itself absolutely beautifully to these cookies. If you did substitute…

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Vegan chocolate chip pancakes recipe featuring fairtrade and organic ingredients on Rosette Fair Trade
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Vegan chocolate chip pancakes (recipe)

You may wonder why I’m posting a recipe for (vegan) chocolate chip pancakes now, of all times. And it’s a fair question! For me, pancakes are synonymous with warm, weekend mornings. They conjure up images of a family brunch taking place in a sunny kitchen, while the birds are chirping outside the open window. Maybe that’s because during the summers of my youth, we often had pancake Saturdays, and they were extra special when there were chocolate chips involved! Technically, you can make these pancakes without chocolate chips, but why…

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Vegan coconut granola recipe using fairtrade and local ingredients on the Rosette Fair Trade blog and online store
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Vegan coconut granola recipe

It was actually really tough to part with this vegan coconut granola recipe. It’s been my chef’s secret for years, and it makes me look like a super amazing cook every time I pull out homemade granola. But did you know that making granola at home is actually pretty easy? If you’re not feeling up to the task, no problem; we also sell it ready-made! And for those of us who are a little more kitchen-savvy, it’s a total piece of cake! So because you know and love fair trade…

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Homemade garam masala spice blend recipe (vegan) with cinnamon, cardamom, peppercorns, nutmeg, coriander, cumin and cloves
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Homemade garam masala recipe (spice blend)

In celebration of Earth Day, I wanted to feature only vegan recipes on the blog during April. Since homemade garam masala is both easy and vegan, it was a total no-brainer! When you’re cooking vegan, spices are crucial! You don’t have animal products (such as many fats and salty foods like cheese) to help add to the flavour. You also don’t necessarily have any assurance that pre-packaged spice blends will be vegan! So putting together your own spices is a safe and easy way to spice up your vegan dishes.…

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