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29 January 2010

January 2010 blog entries

Friday, 29 January 2010
chickpea soup with harissa and croutons (MLLA #19)
summary: recipe for chickpea soup with harissa; chickpeas are tender using soaking technique in "Mediterranean Street Food" by Anissa Helou; brief review of this wonderful book; information about My Legume Love Affair and YeastSpotting

Tuesday, 26 January 2010
raisins, curry powder, mango chutney and naan (BBBwB)
summary: recipe for naan with kalonji (nigella seeds); Bread Baking Babes wannaBe; information on Bread Baking Babes;

Monday, 25 January 2010
using dried chickpeas
summary: how to get dried chickpeas to soften; chickpeas that haven’t been soaked overnight;

Saturday, 23 January 2010
what's with the plastic egg carton?!
summary: President's Choice packaging for free-run egg; how much room do the PC hens really have to range?

Friday, 22 January 2010
buttermilk cluster (bookmarked recipe)
summary: bookmarked recipe for buttermilk cluster based on Floyd's "Freshloaf" recipe; submission for YeastSpotting;

Wednesday, 20 January 2010
some remarkable bloggers
summary: bloggers working to raise funds for Haiti; tips for donating; links to relief agencies working in Haiti;

Monday, 18 January 2010
fuhl without favas (MLLA #19)
summary: recipe for Fuhl made with kidney and romano beans and tahini; fuhl can be made with any dried bean; opposing views on soaking techniques: "Brilliant Bean" by Sally & Martin Stone vs. "Mediterranean Street Food" by Anissa Helou; cutting back on meat consumption; information about My Legume Love Affair

Friday, 15 January 2010
re: Earthquake in Haiti
summary: urgent call for donations to help those affected by the earthquake in Haiti; information about WFP, Canada and Canadian Aid organizations

Friday, 14 January 2010
prune onion blue cheese tart – revisited
summary: recipe for prune onion blue cheese tarts with whole wheat pastry;

Wednesday, 13 January 2010
Wordless Wednesday: comfort food (13/1/2010)
summary: The ultimate comfort food... claypot chicken

Sunday, 10 January 2010
dhokla (WHB#215: curry leaf)
summary: recipe for dhokla with coconut chutney; information about curry leaf (Murraya koenigii) and Weekend Herb Blogging;

Friday, 8 January 2010
Where to get eggs?
summary: information about "Cage Free", "Chicken Out", egg labelling, Toronto bylaws about backyard chickens;

Thursday, 7 January 2010
winter broccoli rescue
summary: recipe for broccoli with garlic and anchovies - very loosely based on the recipe for purple sprouting broccoli with anchovy and chile dressing in "The River Cottage Cookbook" by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall; rescue for inferior broccoli;

Wednesday, 6 January 2010
broccoli blahs
summary: broccoli tastes terrible in the winter in Toronto

Tuesday, 5 January 2010
leftovers are the best part of Christmas dinner
summary: comfort food: chicken a la king with puff pastry;

Friday, 1 January 2010
nothing says "Happy New Year!" like paella
summary: Happy New Year; Paella is perfect for New Year’s Eve feast; reminder about the BloggerAid cookbook;

25 January 2010

Do you have ads on your blog?

Do you have ads on your blog? I don't; otherwise, I’d definitely join in this terrific idea put together by Marc (Blog Away Hunger), who wrote the following:

Blog Away Hunger

One in seven people on Earth go to bed hungry every night. Blog Away Hunger is a coalition of bloggers from around the world dedicated to spreading the word about this solvable problem while raising money for the World Food Program.


[A] group of bloggers have come together and will be donating their January ad revenue to aid the Haiti relief efforts. Since ads are paid by the number of pages viewed, you can help by going back through their old posts to increase the amount of ad money donated.

For more information, including a list of bloggers who are donating their ad revenues to the UN's WFP work in Haiti, please see the following:

Or, you can go directly to the WFP and donate:

WFP Help Haiti

15 January 2010

re: Earthquake in Haiti

Here is a list of relief organizations, along with phone numbers and links to online donation pages:
Globe and Mail: How you can help those in Haiti

Sadly, there are many areas of the world where relief is needed:
Relief Web: countries and emergencies

Because of the nature of the crisis, there may be a larger number of donations than usual with regards to the earthquake; please specify "greatest need" on your donation. It's very likely that your donation will go towards helping those in Haiti. However, in the case where there is a surplus (wouldn't that be wonderful?), any amounts labelled "greatest need" can be moved to areas that have not received the same amount of press.

But having said that, please note this announcement from the Canadian Federal government:

The federal government is earmarking up to $50 million to match Canadians' donations of up to $100,000 to charities aiding relief efforts in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. The donations must meet the following requirements:

* Made by an individual Canadian.
* Made to a registered Canadian charitable organization that is receiving donations in response to the Jan. 12 Haiti earthquake.
* Specifically earmarked by such organizations for the purpose of responding to the earthquake.
* Made between Jan. 12 and Feb. 12, 2010.

The Canadian International Development Agency has more information on Canada's Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund.

- CBC: Haitian contacts, relief efforts