Sunday, 12 October 2008

World Food Day event

Our sink shows an empty bottle of cinnamon, cumin and we're running low on eggs, ginger and some other ingredients. Yep both Jan and I had a cooking evening.


Jen of A2eatwrite has brought a blogging event under my attention that wants to highlight the UN Food Day at October 16th. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has celebrated World Food Day each year on October 16 since 1945. The theme for this years conference is "World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy."




The objectives of World Food Day are to heighten our awareness of the problem of hunger in the world and to bring to our attention what we can do about it personally. It is a day to encourage us and our governments to be well informed on the issues and to have a plan of action!!! World Food Day brings to our attention the plight of 862 million undernourished people around the world ...even in our own backyards!! Global warming and the biofuel boom are threatening to push the number of hungry even higher in the decades to come. By debate and finding solutions we can combat hunger around the world together!!!!We need a plan of attack!!! To find out more about what you can do in your area... visit their site here .



In order to attract more people's attention , Bellini Valli of More Than Burnt Toast and Ivy of Kopiaste have created a blogging event that sounds like too much fun not to join them :)



*Create a dish that would serve 6 and have it represent your country.
*Send your creations (virtually, via photo) back to Val and Ivy and see how far our dishes will spread back to back. Maybe we can feed the world, eh?To get the full details for participation in this worthy event, please go here.



Recipe 1: Belgian Waffles





Immediately I had to think of the Belgian waffles that we have baked last week. So I am reposting it once again.






Ingredients:
  • 500 gr flour
  • 150 gr melted butter
  • 100 gr sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 20gr yeast
  • 1 bag of vanillesugar (7gr)
  • 75cl half water/milk

Make a dip in the flour. Dissolve the yeast in some of the water and add it to flour. (Alternatively you could use self-rising flour, I suppose). Add the egg yolks, sugar , vanille sugar and melted butter to the flour. Add the water/milk. (in order to make it light, Belgians add sparkling water!) Mingle it all together. Mix the egg whites solid (with the salt) and then add them gently to the batter.
Then let the batter rest and rise for an hour so it can double in size.

The only thing that is left to do is pour the batter in the hot iron.

Result : Belgian waffles (the way the Belgians make them) and a cosy family afternoon!!




Recipe 2: Breadpudding



As this event is making us aware of world hunger, I was also thinking about all the food we waste in the western world. One thing we never waste is old bread. Since we are only 2 in our family, we can't always finish a bread while it's fresh and soft. When the last slices have turnd hard, we just keep it in its breadbag until we've gathered enough of old bread to make breadpudding.

Ingredients:

  • Lots of old bread of all kinds 300G
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 bag of vanilla sugar
  • 0,5 liter milk
  • cinnamon
  • a spoon honey
  • 200 gr sugar
  • 3 slices of peperkoek (type of gingerbread)

Warm the milk luke warm and melt the honey in it.
Mingle all the ingredients together and put it in a cake form. Put it 40 minutes in a preheated oven at 200°C.




Recipe 3: Pumpkinsoup with dill
Today we got treated by my brother-in-law with a big pumkin as his vegetable garden had produced much more pumkins than they could handle themselves.



Ingredients:


  • 1,25 kg pumkin meat
  • 2 spoons of olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1,25 liter of chicken broth
  • 1,5 spoon of dried or freshly chopped dill
  • 1,25 dl (whipped) cream
  • salt and grounded pepper
  • some lemon juice

As I'm too lazy to spend time cutting up a pumpkin in smaller pieces in order to cook them like that, I simply cut the pumkin in 2 and put both parts in a preheated oven for half an hour or more until it's totally soft.


Then I heat some oil and add the chopped onion and garlic to it on a warm fire for a couple of minutes until they soften. Then I add the pumkin meat, broth and make it boil for a while after which I put the fire lower and let it bubble for another while.

I add the dill and mix the soup smooth. Add the cream , salt and pepper and mingle well. Add some lemon juice according to your taste. Garnish the bowls with fresh dill.

(I don't have a picture yet as it's still cooking to be honest...but smells good! )

6 comments:

Bellini Valli said...

Thank you so much for sending these 3 delicious recipes our way for our conga line of incredible dishes. We are si thrilled that you wanted to participate:D

dooreenrozebril said...

Mmmm, ziet er lekker uit! 1 taart voor jou en 1 voor Jan :-)

Ivy said...

Thank you so much Ellen for participating in the WFD Event with not one but three lovely recipes and all three sound delicious.

Bellini Valli said...

Today is World Food Day. Come on over and join the party!!! Thank you for all you have done to raise awareness and spread the word about this global issue. Now let's DANCE!!!!!!

Dee said...

All your dishes look amazing. I'm eyeing your belgian waffles - what better way to start a weekend morning :)

Jude said...

Yummy.. I like waffles with the bigger bits of sugar.