8th Day News
Indian Street Food Night 30 April 2016 7pm
Valentine’s Meal 13th February 2016
Christmas Lunches. 16th & 17th of December 2015
The Wall of Beans Competition
We sell lots of tins of beans here at Eighth Day and not just the regular baked bean, we have Aduki, Butter, Mixed and Red Kidney beans as well, we also allow tinned Chick Peas and tinned tomatoes to inhabit the “Wall of Beans” (as we affectionately call it) as honorary beans! We love our beans (and honorary beans) so much that we keep a league table of their sales. See here for last year’s sales by clicking Wall of Beans.
So we thought what better than a competition, which allows our customers to guess how many of a particular bean we’ll sell in a given month. Of course it’s not just for fun, there’ll be a prize involved for the person whose prediction is the closest to the actual sales.
So at the start of every month we’ll announce which bean we have chosen for the month on Facebook & Twitter and you’ll have the chance to guess how many beans we’ll sell. To enter the competition simply Follow on Twitter/ Like on Facebook and let us know your answer by sending us a message on either Twitter or Facebook. At the end of the month we’ll tot up our sales totals and pick the nearest winner. The lucky winner will then get a tray (12 cans) of the beans/honorary beans of their choice.
Please note: you must be able to collect your tray of beans from the shop should you win a prize and we will not offer any alternative or cash prize.
Christmas Meal 12th December 2015
Join us for a Festive candlelit meal & choose from our luxurious Vegetarian and Vegan Christmas menu.
Cafe Christmas Lunches, 17th & 18th of December 2014
Yes, it’s that time again! We’re now taking bookings for our Christmas Meal on Saturday 13th December. If you’d like to celebrate with us at Eighth Day, our chefs have devised a delicious menu with vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. We’d love you to join us. For more details, please download a menu.
Turmeric Gold from Pukka Herbs
This April we’ve launched the new Pukka Herbs Turmeric Gold Tea, here’s what Pukka Herbs had to say about their new tea. “Golden turmeric – the queen of protective herbs whose nourishing yellow sustains life’s majestic glow. This is a tea to celebrate life – lemon fruit, aromatic cardamom and whole leaf green tea expertly blended with one of nature’s most powerful herbs. The elegance will leave you feeling renewed as each cup lets you don turmeric’s shield.
Pukka’s turmeric is grown in Karnataka and Maharashtra, two neighbouring states in the West of India. Many of our turmeric farmers also grow ginger, and in some regions they grow it as an intercrop with tulsi, sugar cane and kapikacchu (Mucuna pruriens, a medicinal legume that climbs up the sugarcane). In India alone, approximately 140,000 hectares of land are used for growing turmeric (that’s an area just smaller than the whole of Greater London).”
Turmeric is one of Pukka’s herbal superheroes. The potential benefits of this vibrant root for our own wellbeing are vast and there have been countless pieces of research which demonstrate this.
Turmeric is well known as a spice used in Indian cuisine. In fact, its traditional Indian uses span far beyond this: it's been used for centuries to help keep the skin pure, the blood clean and the life long. In traditional Indian herbal medicine (known as Ayurveda), turmeric has been used to help maintain healthy blood, skin, circulation and as a nourishment to feed the whole body. Could the key to the population of India having one of the lowest rates of chronic degenerative diseases in the world be due to their huge consumption of this incredible spice?
So why's turmeric so special?
Part of the reason is down to the characteristically strong yellow colour of this incredible root. These yellow pigments are collectively known as curcuminoids. The root is also brimming with essential oils knowns as tumerones. The curcuminoids and the turmerones work together within the body as powerful antioxidants helping to attack nasty free radicals which can damage and age our bodies. They also stimulate a healthy inflammation response whilst enhancing circulation, protecting the brain, rejuvenating the liver and targeting pain.
What can turmeric do for me?
The benefits of turmeric are so many. Here's a few to consider:
- Turmeric actively inhibits inflammatory pathways within the body, making turmeric a first choice for inflammations of the musculoskeletal system and the digestive system.
- Research has shown that turmeric impacts upon certain pain receptors within the body; it has been demonstrated as being particularly effective for chest and abdominal pain, frozen shoulder and menstrual cramping.
- Turmeric contains some very potent polyphenols, also known as antioxidants, which have the ability to protect cellular DNA and repair any existing damage from environmental carcinogens, for example.
- Turmeric has a significant action upon the heart and the circulation. It will improve the flow of blood to the heart and encourage anti-platelet activity, reducing the risk of plaque build up in the arteries.
- Turmeric also improves blood flow through the liver, improving the efficacy of liver detoxification pathways but also stimulating cellular repair mechanisms in damaged liver cells. This improvement in blood flow and quality impacts significantly upon the quality of the skin, and turmeric can therefore be an excellent remedy for any afflictions of the skin.
- In the digestive system, turmeric helps balance levels of bacteria, supporting a healthy digestive environment.
So, hopefully now you’re thinking ‘why wouldn’t I try turmeric?'
Just Trade Kilombero Fair-trade Rice Challenge
This March we are taking part in the Just Trade Kilombero 90kg Rice Challenge, so just what is this rice challenge? 90kg of rice is the amount one Malawian farmer would need to sell in order to fund just one year of one of their children’s education in secondary school. Malawi, one of the world’s least developed countries, has low life expectancy, high infant mortality and has been significantly affected by AIDS/HIV. Primary education is free but secondary education isn’t and completing the 90kg Rice Challenge will enable a rice farmer to send one of his children to secondary school for a year.
We’re asking our customers to swap their regular rice and try the Kilombero rice this month, we’re hoping to help as many children access secondary school education as possible. So come on and take up the challenge and make a simple swap whilst improving the lives and prospects of children in Malawi!
Organic Your September
September is the month the Soil Association (the charity and organic certification body for the UK) are encouraging everyone to try and make the switch to organic in any way they can.
And going organic is easier than you’d think. Look for the Soil Association logo this Organic September and you’ll not only be helping to protect our vital wildlife and reducing your exposure to potentially harmful pesticides and chemicals - you'll also be helping to support the farmers who work hard to grow our food for generations to come.
Organic means higher levels of animal welfare, lower levels of pesticides, no manufactured herbicides or artificial fertilisers and more environmentally sustainable management of the land and natural environment - this means more wildlife, which can only be a good thing!
Here at 8th Day , all our fruit and veg is organic, dried fruits, nuts, grains, cereals, coffee, tea, chocolate and groceries are available organically grown as well as bodycare and a wealth of other products, so why not try switching a few products and supporting the organic growers around the world.
We’ll be doing organic sampling throughout September so don’t forget to pop in and try something different.
If you follow us on social media, you might have noticed the #eighthdayeats hashtag on both ours and our customers pictures of food they are enjoying in the Cafe. This November we’re running a month long picture competition for our customers. Take a picture of the food and drink you are enjoying in the Cafe, post it to your social media using the #eighthdayeats hashtag and we’ll pick the one we love best and the winner will receive a £10 voucher to enjoy another meal in the Cafe. So get snapping, because we want to see the food you love!