As a food blogger, I use my stove nearly every day without thinking much about it. It’s easy to take things like multiple burners and good ventilation for granted. (Well, except when Jack cooks – we have to frantically open every window to keep the fire department from showing up).
In other areas of the world, women are cooking over a small fires in enclosed spaces that lack light and ventilation. Their kitchens are filled with smoke, making it difficult (not to mention unsafe) to prepare meals for their families. This Mother’s Day, Equal Exchange is working to donate energy-efficient stoves to hundreds of families in Uganda as part of the Uganda Stove Project. These stoves provide families with better, safer cooking conditions, they also reduce their weekly cost of firewood.
The call to action is simple: It’s a giveaway!
Click over to their site to enter to win $500 worth of Equal Exchange products. (Choose from delicious coffee, chocolate, teas, nuts, fruits… whatever you like). For each entry, they will make a donation to the Uganda Stove Project on your behalf. They’re also donating a portion of the proceeds from special Mother’s Day gifts to the cause (like the very pretty Proud Mama coffee pictured below).
And now for the recipe! I made this curry spiced snack mix using Equal Exchange almonds, honey, raisins and dried mango. A perfect afternoon treat – but I’m warning you, it’s pretty addictive.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a small bowl, melt together the coconut oil and honey. Stir in the curry, (cayenne, if using) and salt.
- Pour the spiced oil onto the almonds (you can do this directly on a baking sheet lined with parchment). Toss to coat and spread the almonds apart on the baking sheet.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes or until toasted. While the almonds are warm, toss mix them with the raisins, mango and coconut flakes. Taste and adjust seasonings.