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Meet the Producer – Winnie from Wanderlust Nut Butters

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Our gourmet Wanderlust Nut Butters have been flying off the shelves! Founder Winnie Maganjo tells us all about their mission:

How did you choose the name Wanderlust?

We’re actually currently doing a rebrand so the name is going to change but I think the change will reflect the business, who we are and mission a lot more. But we have kept the personality that makes as who we are!

What inspired you to first make nut butter?

I just really wanted to see a fun variation from normal peanut butter in stores minus the preservatives, oils and sugar that a lot of mainstream peanut butter companies. I remember scouring the nut butter aisles in supermarkets for a flavoured nut butter and I couldn’t find any beyond chocolate flavour. And to use the overused quote ‘necessity truly is the mother of invention’!

What are the ethical aims behind your business?

At the heart of our business is producing a product that is genuinely natural. Our visions for Wanderlust is to grow into a company that regularly and meaningfully gives back to the local community and we are pursuing ways to do so be it through mentoring young people to start food business or running food banks. Our ethics make up the fabric of who we are and influence our day to day decisions as we try to build a company that we will look back at and be proud of.

We love your flavours, how did you choose them and do you have any more in the pipeline?

Thank you!! With each nut butter there is a different back story. For example for the Coconut Cashew Butter started off as chocolate coconut cashew butter but when I gave it to one of my good friends to try she thought that it was way too many flavours going on. I got rid of the chocolate and it totally changed the nut butter into the best seller that it is. So I do rely on feedback a lot to make nut butters people would be excited to buy. We have many more flavours we are working on. We will release a new one in January next year!

We love your butter spread on a slice of toasted sourdough from the Better Health Bakery. What do you recommend is the best way to enjoy your butters?

In order of nut butter here are my recommendations:

Espresso Almond Butter

Spread onto walnut bread with fresh jam made with crushed mixed berries (simple but glorious!) Or as a marinade with lemon and olive oil (can be used on both vegetables or meat).

Cinnamon Peanut Butter

In a vegetarian stir fry with rice noodles. I normally make a sauce with the peanut butter, soy sauce, garlic and ginger and mix that into my stir fry. Or peanut butter banana bread (take your trustee banana bread recipe then swirl peanut butter into it just before you put it in the oven to bake!)

Coconut Cashew

Drizzled on apples and pears, on rice cakes with some pumpkin seeds for crunch or a spoonful in hot chocolate for a flavour twist!

Maple Pecan Butter

Spread thickly on pancakes, in cake icing or maple pecan and goats cheese and golden onions…trust me!

What are you plans for the future of Wanderlust?

The big goal is to grow Wanderlust into the best flavoured nut butter company in UK. Our short term goal is to successfully launch the rebranded nut butters next year March and expand our customer base to include other cities in UK. As we expand the business we want to keep our customers at the heart of our growth and the best time to start that culture is now, as a start up!

 

Christmas Trimming Order Form

Download our order form here!

Click on the order form to download

Let Unpackaged relieve the pressure of shopping for the trimmings to accompany your Christmas dinner!

We have a range of carefully sourced, high quality, organic produce just waiting to be pre-ordered.

Simply tick the products you require from the list overleaf, pay a £15 deposit, and specify a pick-up date between 22-24 December 2013.

 

Nigel’s Christmas Puddings

Nigel Barrow hand makes the fantastic Christmas Puddings we have at Unpackaged and we love them! But how about a bit more information about the man behind the pud?

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It may come as a surprise to find out that not only is Nigel a member of the Monster Raving Looney party but he also plays in a band – The Big Fibbers, under the stage name Nigel Knapp. They write songs about booze, madness, the ghosts of love, aliens, fish and even more booze. Have a listen to them here.

Nigel Barrow is a man of many talents and we love the passion he puts into everything he does, which is part of what makes his puddings so good! It also seems like Nigel Barrows nationwide are great at making puddings: http://www.britishwingcarchampionship.com/9.html

 

Mulled Wine Recipe

You can buy all the ingredients needed for this perfect mulled wine from us. Hope you enjoy, tweet us a picture and let us know how it tastes @Unpackaged!

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 Unpackaged Mulled Wine:

1 unwaxed orange

½ lemon, peel only

75g caster sugar

1 Unpackaged Mulled Wine Sachet

1 bottle red wine

75 ml ginger wine (optional)

 

  1. Add the sugar, lemon peel, orange juice and half the peel of the orange to a saucepan.
  2. Empty Unpackaged Mulled Wine Sachet into saucepan and add a small amount of wine – enough to cover the sugar.
  3. Bring to the boil and reduce for 5-8 minutes into a thick syrup.
  4. Pour the remaining wine into the saucepan, along with the ginger wine, if using, and gently heat.
  5. Serve with slices of orange to garnish.

 

n.b. leaving the mulled wine to stand for an hour or so before serving allows time for the spices to infuse throughout for a spicier experience!

Homemade Tree Decorations

Here at Unpackaged we have been prepping for Christmas by making some lovely, inexpensive salt dough christmas ornaments, fun for all the family and a great way to cut down on packaging! Here is our recipe:

450g plain flour
225g table salt
200ml water

  1. Combine all the ingredients to form a dough.
  2. Roll out till about 1/2 cm thick; use any christmas cookie cutter to cut the shapes (if you don’t have any, create a cardboard template).
  3. Punch a small hole for hanging (use a straw).
  4. Bake at 170c for 30minutes
  5. Decorate with paint, glitter, pens and stamps. Then tie some ribbon through the hole and hang them up! Remember, do not eat!

Tweet us a picture @Unpackaged!

The Boxing Club Hits Unpackaged!

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Friday 8th November

So, we’re hoping to be open for lunch today – best to call us first to check 020 8986 7933!

Thursday 7th November

Sorry all – one more day!

The Bar and Restaurant at Unpackaged are closed today for the installation of our new Christmas pop up, The Boxing Club, which will be open from Friday 8th November!

The Unpackaged shop is open for business as usual.

Wednesday 6th November

The Shop is open, as normal

The cafe is shut today – takeaway coffee only – whilst we install our Christmas pop up restaurant:
“The Boxing Club”

Which opens tomorrow – join our mailing list for your invite – reservations 020 8986 7933

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