February 25, 2009

Spatulatta Filming: April Fools!

Earlier this month, my boys filmed a webcast for Spatulatta.com, the award-winning by kids/for kids cooking show. They were filming for the April Fool's Day show and made faux gross, that is, foods that look disgusting, but are quite tasty. April Fools!

Here a few a few photos from the shoot to tide you over until the webisode goes live.

Photos include making a "moldy" sandwich, doggy-doo fudge, and kitty litter cake (yum!).

February 20, 2009

It's like a trip to CandyLand

Yeah, baby. I'm going to the All-Candy Expo when it comes through town in May. Let's just hope I can keep my healthy eating habits going until then because I will no doubt nibble myself up about three sizes as I walk the show sampling this or that.

This year the press application was a bit more thorough than in the past. I had to tell the sponsor what I wanted out of the show (um, beside lots of chocolate). Of course, I'm always interested in candy and snack trends as they relate to kids, but this year, I also hope to find out more abut how chocolate is sourced and whether more companies are using fair trade certified farms and co-ops.

In December, I hosted a giveaway of Divine Chocolate fair trade chocolate bars at Momformation. Among the commenters was Susan Smith of the National Confectioners Association. She responded to my talk of fair trade chocolate with this:

On behalf of the chocolate/cocoa industry, I wanted to take a few minutes to address your comments.

In West Africa, there are more than two million cocoa farms – and most have children who help out as a part of the family working on them. These farmers care deeply about their children, and are working hard to give their kids a better future.

At the same time, there are issues. Too many children are being harmed in the process of helping out on the family farm.

By working with organizations such as the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF), we are teaching these farmers the importance of education for their children and we are making a difference.

On July 1, 2008, Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana (the world’s two largest cocoa producers) made separate announcements that they have put a certification process on child labor in place across an area that produces at least 50 percent of their cocoa. In both countries, the data collection element of the certification system has been completed and reports detailing the preliminary results of these surveys by the respective countries can be found here for Ghana and here for Cote d’Ivoire. (ed. note. links are included below, but not here.)

Too many are not attending school. But to indict non-fair trade chocolate is to indict – sight unseen – hundreds of thousands of African farming families.

It is also important to note that there is no chocolate – including fair trade – that can provide a 100% guarantee that no child was in any way harmed or exploited. One would have to monitor each and every cocoa farm on a regular basis.

We have a lot to do, but more than 70 chocolate companies, including my employer – the National Confectioners Association—are supporting organizations like WCF to make positive changes.

I encourage you to take a look at what else is being done to help cocoa farmers and their families, by visiting WorldCocoa.org or CocoaInitiative.org

Admittedly, I've only peeked at those sites so far, but the show is not until May, so I have time to dig in before I, well, dig in.

February 12, 2009

Whole Foods Whole Story Podcast: You are (in bed) what you eat

This is my second sponsored post about the Whole Foods Podcast because DH is still unemployed and I gotta keep Smartypants in Omega-3 oils, and given that DH just bought the most expensive gummy kind which will ruin Smartypants' new orthodontia, I gotta grab a few dollars when I can.

Who wouldn't want to listen to this month's podcast? It's all about libido, and it's about time we look at this as a wellness issue. Click over to listen to Chris Kilham talk about "hot plants."

Cheat sheet: among the top ten libido-boosting plants are Maca (Peru), Rhodiola rosea (Siberia) and Ashwagandha (India).

I'm glad those Siberians had something to enhance hot times in their cold region. (Hmm. I think there's an even better play on words, there. Any suggestions?)


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