SPOTLIGHT: TRADE AID CHILLI PEPPERS

I scored these particular peppers on clearance from the Trade Aid warehouse, but always have a packet or two in the cupboard to add a little zing to my cooking. It’s great to have ingredients like this – which would be very difficult to grow locally – available from reputably ethical sources.

Trade Aid Whole Chillis, available for $2.99 at Trade Aid or selected grocery stores

Trade Aid Whole Chillis, available for $2.99 at Trade Aid or selected grocery stores

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SPOTLIGHT: CLIPPER GREEN TEA WITH ECHINACEA

I bought this lovely green tea blend heading into flu season as echinacea is a great boost to the immune system, and I’d take tea over pills any day. Green teas vary wildly in quality and taste, so if they are too strong or musky I’ll often hate them, but this was a great mesh of subtlety with a fruity kick. It’s obvious that when it comes to quality crafted teas, the British are the experts.

Clipper Green Tea, available at Fresh Choice supermarkets.

Clipper Green Tea, available at Fresh Choice supermarkets.

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NETWORK: HEIFER INTERNATIONAL

Heifer International is an amazing organization that adheres to the “teach a man to fish” philosophy. Their charity organization aims to end world poverty and hunger through investing in people’s livelihoods by giving them animals like chickens, cows, llamas or even honeybees – and teaching them how to take care of them. But Heifer doesn’t stop there. They also invest in education and business start ups in order to really inject some stability into the lives of some of the poorest people on the planet.

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SPOTLIGHT: BENNETTO DRINKING CHOCOLATE

I had heard of this brand in whispers before, and the hot-choco-fan that I am, when I finally saw it I had to buy it. I found this in the fair trade store in the corner of the Addington Coffee Co-Op cafe in Christchurch for $4 a bar, and was mightily impressed.

Bennetto Drinking Chocolate, $4 from Addington Coffee Co-Op

Bennetto Drinking Chocolate, $4 from Addington Coffee Co-Op

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SPOTLIGHT: SCARBOROUGH FAIR BLACK TEA

This plain black tea is a staple in my pantry, as my general go-to ceylon for if somebody just wants “a cup of tea, nothing fancy.” It has a nice flavour and I prefer it over many of the equivalent brands – it isn’t a favourite by any means, but is my most common fall back that I always make sure I have a decent stash of.

Scarborough Fair Tea, 100pk $5.49 from Countdown

Scarborough Fair Tea, 100pk $5.49 from Countdown

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