Bangladesh Artisans

Lombok Pottery 1Turning greyish indigenous clay into rich red-brown and black pottery is no easy task. Yet the 214 women potters, who make up Lombok Pottery Center’s collection of four cooperatives, are experts at creating beautiful and useful objects from the ground up.

Ten Thousand Villages is now pleased to carry several pieces of their versatile pottery, handcrafted using traditional methods and designed with contemporary North American tastes in mind.

1 fair trade ingredientsAs a Ten Thousand Villages store manager in Saskatoon, I have had the opportunity to share the story of Ten Thousand Villages with many people, either one-on-one in the store or to larger groups. For those of you who know the interesting story, you’ll know that Ten Thousand Villages was started in 1946 by a woman named Edna Ruth Byler.

Edna was also Mennonite Central Committee’s Akron, Pennsylvania hostess for a number of years. And from what I understand, she was an amazing baker. While there, she would make buns and doughnuts. Her recipe can be found in the More-with-Less Cookbook. The cookbook says she even offered classes on how to make this recipe!

I love to bake and to use fair trade ingredients in my baking. I also love to share my baking with others – which is good, because this recipe is huge. It will make 100 doughnuts/buns! I often make a half recipe so I can use my stand mixer to do some of the work.

This recipe is also very versatile. You can make cinnamon/sticky rolls (my favourite), doughnuts, dinner rolls or coffee cake. It also freezes well. I’ve given you my three favourite options below, and the others are listed in the cookbook. Enjoy!

cakeI’m the assistant manager at Ten Thousand Villages on Henderson Highway in Winnipeg. I believe Fair Trade is important, and I want to share a recipe with you that incorporates some delicious Fair Trade ingredients we sell at our store!

A “flourless chocolate torte” sounds like it would be hard to make – but trust me, it’s actually quite easy.

Shortly after my husband and I were married two years ago, we decided to have some friends over to our apartment for a get-together. Being the new bride that I was, I wanted to impress my friends and family with a glorious dessert.

I had recently tried an amazing flourless chocolate torte at a local restaurant here in Winnipeg and absolutely fell in love with it. So I googled the recipe to see if I could find it. Sure enough, I discovered a recipe that looked quite similar. After tweaking it a bit to make it more Fair Trade-friendly, I came up with the perfect recipe! It was a hit among my friends, and it’s been a favorite in my family ever since! It’s gluten-free, vegetarian-friendly, and it uses some great Fair Trade products you can pick up at your local Ten Thousand Villages store. I hope you’ll give it a try. I promise… you’ll love it!