10.08.2012

Happy Thanksgiving: Angel Foundation for Learning


10.08.12



First off, I wanted to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!! I hope everyone is enjoying their family time, getting stuffed, and making (possibly very embarrassing) memories that you won’t forget.

With my family this year, we’re thankful for always seeing each other at the end of the night, for our friends that truly care about us, to be living in our (my mom’s) dream home, to be in good health, and of course for the turkey (or rather chicken) on our table tonight.

However, I know well that not everyone is as fortunate as us. Although everyone deserves to be well-fed, to have a roof over their head and clothes on their back, that’s not the reality of the world that we live in today. Thankfully, there are programs such as The Angel Foundation for Learning that provides financial assistance to over 35,000 students as well as nutrition programs. 
 Angel Foundation

The Angel Foundation for Learning is a charitable organization that’s run within the Toronto Catholic District School Board, serving those within it. They promote the awareness of the vital link between nutrition and learning.



They’ve been around for 25 years now and recognized the The Toronto Foundation for Student Success 8th annual Feeding Toronto’s Hungry Student Week (Oct 1-5) with some awesome lunch recipes that were donated by some of our city’s top chefs! 
Photo credit goes to The Angel Foundation for Learning




Personally, I find it a relief that my belief has been confirmed, that school boards and teachers do care about their students, and that they truly go above and beyond for them! Just this past Friday (Oct 5) was World Teacher’s day. Gotta love and be thankful for those who inspired you. :) 
WTD 2012
Poster from World Teacher's Day site (http://www.5oct.org/2012/index.php/en/)

Anywhos, wanna try out some new soon-to-be-keepers-recipes?! They’re  from Chef Corbin Tomaszeski (C5), Chef John Horne (Canoe), and Chef James Gao (Kanji).

Crispy Vegetable Fritters – w/ cilantro, ginger and coconut chutney

Chef Corbin Tomaszeski’s take on making veggies enjoyable for kids to eat. Deep fried = instant winner. 
Photo courtesy of The Angel Foundation for Learning
Ingredients:
(fritter mix)
     2 cup  chana or chick pea flour
     ½ tbsp grated ginger  root
     1        garlic clove, minced
     1 cup  chopped fresh spinach
  ¼ cup julienned carrot
  ¼       red pepper, julienned
  ½ cup julienned onion
  ¼ tbsp ground cumin
salt & pepper to taste
¼ cup  chopped fresh cilantro
½-¾ cup cold water
canola oil for frying
(coconut ginger chutney)
     1 cup    fresh cilantro
     1½ tbsp grated ginger root
     ½ cup   grated unsweetened coconut
1 cup    coconut mlk
1          birds eye chili
1 tbsp  brown sugar

Preparation: (**be careful of hot oil!)
1. (fritters): Combine all ingredients except water in small mixing bowl.
2. Add cold water to bind ingredients—a thick paste will form. Do not overmix!
3. Heat oil in heavy bottom cast iron skillet to 350OF; 2 inches up sides.
4. Drop large fork fulls of battered vegetables (2” in diameter) into the hot oil.
5. Fry til golden brown, crispy and cooked through, approx 4 min.
6. Remove from heat, drain on paper towel and season w/ sea salt and pepper.
7. Serve w/ your sauce of choice or coconut ginger chutney.
8. (coconut ginger chutney): Combine all ingredients in a blender and purée til smooth.



Country Lunchbox – Ham & Cheese on Buttermilk Biscuit w/ apple coleslaw & crunchy corn on the cob

This recipe from from Chef John Horne of Canoe restaurant (Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants). It’s an ode to what to childhood lunches that his mom would prepare for him. The buttermilk biscuit recipe is a family recipe that hails several generations back! 
Photo courtesy of The Angel Foundation for Learning


Ingredients & Preparation
(apple coleslaw; makes 1-2 servings)
1 cup  shaved green cabbage (can buy precut)
½       apple, sliced
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar (or any vinegar)
1 tsp   sugar
pinch of salt
touch of ground cinnamon (optional)
1. Place all ingredients in a small container w/ a lid.
2. Give it a quick stir and place lid on.
3. Shake it up. Allow it to marinate.

(buttermilk biscuits; makes 10-16 biscuits)
2½ cups  flour
2 tbsp      sugar
4 tsp        salt
4 tsp        baking powder
1 tsp        baking soda
1 tbsp      raisins (optional)
1 cup       butter, chilled
1½ cups  buttermilk

1. Preheat oven to 325OF. Set a baking sheet aside.
2. Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl.
3. Cut cold butter into dry ingredients. Mix w/ a fork or pastry cutter.
4. Add buttermilk. Allow to sit 5-10 min in the fridge.
5. Roll out to ¾-inch thickness. Use a large cookie cutter to cut rounds of dough.
6. Place on baking sheet. Bake 15-18 min.
7. Once cooled, cut open and layer w/ your favourite country ham and cheese.

(crunchy corn)
corn on the cob
honey, hummus, or any other preferred spread
salted corn nuts

1. Boil corn on the cob and cool in fridge.
2. Once chilled, brush w/ desired spread.
3. Crush the corn nuts by blitzing them in a blender.
4. Roll the corn in crushed corn nuts to give it a crunchy outside.



Crab Meat Salad

Chef James Gao from Kanji Sushi Restaurant offered up a “kid-friendly salad” that’s “so simple to make, yet it filled with the essential nutrients and vitamins which are key for any growing child.”
Photo courtesy of The Angel Foundation for Learning


Ingredients:
½ cup shredded cucumber
¼ cup crab meat
⅛ cup seaweed salad
1 tbsp Japanese QP mayonnaise (or to taste)
½ tbsp tobiko (flying fish roe)
sesame seeds, to taste
tempura flakes, to taste

Preparation:
  1. In a bowl, mix together cucumber, crab meat, seaweed salad and mayonnaise.
  2. Add tobiko, sesame seeds and tempura flakes to your tastes.

All of these are quite straightforward so I know I’ll be trying them real soon! They all look really good…So these recipes were donated as lunch ideas for parents to prep for their kids (and themselves; because they’ll no doubt sneak a couple bites here and there while cooking).

To donate, check out their site. If you’re interested, they’ve also got an event coming up called “Evening to Feed the Soul – A Night in the Big Apple Gala.” It’ll take place Friday, November 9th and ticket sales deadline is the end of this month! And if I read correctly, Marc Kielburger (co-founder of Free the Children with his brother, Craig Kielburger) will be the MC.
 



Again, Happy Thanksgiving!! Thanks for following and reading my blog for the past year and a half! It’s been a wild ride so far…happy eating and be grateful for what you’ve got. 
Portuguese egg tarts!

***Please note: I’ve been approached to share these recipes and to talk about The Angel Foundation for Learning. This is NOT a paid promotion. I felt it appropriate to share with you this registered charity as they are making a difference in our city at its roots, the children.

“Les baobabs, avant de grandir, ça commence par être petit.” – Le Petit Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

25 comments:

  1. Replies
    1. I admire what you have done here. I like the part where you say you are doing this to give back but I would assume by all the comments that this is working for you as well.
      I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often
      If you want to learn more about Best Massage Machine, you visit now

      Delete
  2. Hello I am so delighted I located your blog, I really located you by mistake, while I was watching on google for something else, Anyways I am here now and could just like to say thank for a tremendous post and a all round entertaining website. Please do keep up the great work.
    If you want to learn more about 10 Best Massage Machine Reviews in 2019, you visit now

    ReplyDelete
  3. When the purpose was given to make you glad at every point then the procedure will during the same and you will experience that. The Bangalore Escort services we created are so enjoyment that you will take pleasure in it in a reassure zone and the whole time gives you so many wonderful moments and with the beautiful Escorts Bangalore beside, her friendly actions, awesome good looks thrills you so you will live the enjoyment rather than enjoying it
    If you want to learn more about 10 Best Massage Machine Reviews in 2019, you visit now

    ReplyDelete
  4. Awesome post. I’m a normal visitor of your web site and appreciate you taking the time to maintain the nice site. I’ll be a frequent visitor for a long time.
    If you want to learn more about Foot Massagers Review, you visit now

    ReplyDelete
  5. Nice post. I was checking constantly this blog and I am impressed! Extremely helpful information specially the last part I care for such info a lot. I was seeking this particular information for a very long time. Thank you and good luck.
    If you want to learn more about Foot Massagers Review, you visit now

    ReplyDelete
  6. I have bookmarked it, and I am looking forward to reading new articles. Thanks for this article. Keep up the good work! Well, I have also made an article hope you go through it. I hope you and your valuable readers will be like me

    I really appreciate this article Thanks For Sharing People also like this Awesome post
    If you want to learn more about Foot Massagers Review, you visit now

    ReplyDelete
  7. Additionally, it doesn’t matter how extremely you should be complete with treating a very platform, gradually you’ll discover an instance the places you should want to do a number instruct care; and as a consequence influenced by your real age but also bodybuilding, therfore the inches of one’s caravan it could be a awfully excessive pastime. motor movers
    If you want to learn more about Foot Massagers Review, you visit now

    ReplyDelete
  8. I have bookmarked it, and I am looking forward to reading new articles. Thanks for this article. Keep up the good work! Well, I have also made an article hope you go through it. I hope you and your valuable readers will be like me

    I really appreciate this article Thanks For Sharing People also like this Awesome post
    If you want to learn more about Foot Massagers Review, you visit now

    ReplyDelete
  9. Wow! I am really impressed by the way you detailed out everything. It’s very informative and you are obviously very knowledgeable in this field. Thanks for sharing such an amazing post with us.
    If you want to learn more about Foot Massagers Review, you visit now

    ReplyDelete
  10. A debt of gratitude is in order for the pleasant web journal. It was extremely valuable for me. I’m upbeat I discovered this site. Much obliged to you for offering to us,I too dependably discover some new information from your post.
    Want to learn more about Fitness Tools Guide you visit now

    ReplyDelete
  11. I have bookmarked it, and I am looking forward to reading new articles. Thanks for this article. Keep up the good work! Well, I have also made an article hope you go through it. I hope you and your valuable readers will be like me

    I really appreciate this article Thanks For Sharing People also like this Awesome post
    Want to learn more about Fitness Equipmentus you visit now

    ReplyDelete
  12. Awesome post. I’m a normal visitor of your web site and appreciate you taking the time to maintain the nice site. I’ll be a frequent visitor for a long time.
    Want to learn more about Fitness Tools Review you visit now

    ReplyDelete
  13. Greetings from Ohio! I’m bored to death at work so I decided to browse your blog on my iphone during lunch break. I enjoy the knowledge you present here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home. I’m surprised at how fast your blog loaded on my mobile .. I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyways, very good blog!
    If you want to learn more about Best Back Massage Machine, you visit now

    ReplyDelete
  14. In the wake of examining your article I was shocked. I understand that you clear up it extraordinarily well. In addition, I assume that diverse perusers will in like manner experience how I feel in the wake of scrutinizing your article.
    If you want to learn more about Fitness Equipmentus, you visit now

    ReplyDelete
  15. Wow! I am really impressed by the way you detailed out everything. It’s very informative and you are obviously very knowledgeable in this field. Thanks for sharing such an amazing post with us.
    If you want to learn more about Best Calf Massager, you visit now

    ReplyDelete
  16. Nice article, thanks has been sharing this information. Do not forget to visit our website to share information and knowledge about health.
    If you want to learn more about Best Cordless Massager, you visit now

    ReplyDelete
  17. I admire what you have done here. I like the part where you say you are doing this to give back but I would assume by all the comments that this is working for you as well.
    I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often
    If you want to learn more about Kitchen and Dining, you visit now

    ReplyDelete
  18. Commenting on your blog post is simply amazing. I have learned a lot of things from your content and I would love to check out your website often. It helped me a lot and I am really thankful to you for mentioning relevant content. I have also subscribed your blog and will go through its details every now and then.
    If you want to learn more about Kitchen and Dining, you visit now

    ReplyDelete
  19. Exceptionally useful post ! There is a considerable measure of data here that can enable any business to begin with a fruitful long range informal communication campaign!
    If you want to learn more about Kitchen and Dining, you visit now

    ReplyDelete
  20. That was a great and comprehensive article…all the tips enumerated and explained will be helpful for those who are wise enough to tap from it. Any business nowadays without social media signals and presence may not make it to the outermost, and investment too is part of the key to success in business. Keep up the good work.
    If you want to learn more about Kitchen and Dining, you visit now

    ReplyDelete
  21. I really appreciate this article Thanks For Sharing People also like this Awesome post.
    I have also gone through your other posts too and they are also very much appreciate able and I’m just waiting for your next update to come as I like all your posts.
    If you want to learn more about Kitchen and Dining, you visit now

    ReplyDelete