Friday, October 23, 2015

Politics to Food

It’s been quite a while since I posted anything that didn’t express my concern and fear about the political situation in Canada, my concern at so many people being left behind because of the badly frayed fabric of our social safety net.  With the election of the Liberals led by Justin Trudeau, we know there will be change but it remains to be seen whether Trudeau’s government will be throwing out a lifeline to those who need it or whether his concentration will be on the middle class.  Time will tell.

One of my primary interests, my volunteering, my time - revolves around food.  For instance, at the Milton Seniors’ Activity Centre:
  • I’m in charge of the cafeteria's once-a-week lunch. I plan the menus, do the shopping and with volunteers we put together a full lunch once every week, all year long.  A full lunch is only $8  for members.  Good comfort food.  This week's menu features Bangers and Mash - sausages and potatoes, veggie, dessert, and coffee or tea.  Pretty well everything is made from scratch.
  • Special Events: I plan the menu, do the shopping, and again, with volunteers, we put together a full meal in accordance with the theme.  Entertainment is usually part of the event, and bar service is usually offered as well.  Our next event is the Annual Christmas Dinner, December 11.  $25 for members for a full turkey dinner with all the trimmings, entertainment, prizes and surprises. 
  • Then there is my baking class, Baking with Jan.  It’s a lot of fun.  Once a month, September through June, a different baking topic is offered - I demonstrate the offerings, after which we sit down together to eat what was produced.  I believe the class is $5.75 for members.
  • And earlier this year, I was selected to join Allrecipes Allstars Canada, which is a NEW, select group of volunteer home cooks who are inspired to discover and share the joy of home cooking with   We’re always cooking, rating, reviewing recipes, posting photos, and telling everyone about our favorite website via our social networks.

This month we got our first sponsor – Barilla Pasta, #CAAllstarsBarilla, #ad, who provided us with some of their products to try out.  To be honest, I’ve always bought the cheapest pasta on the store shelf.  With Barilla Pasta I've found that there is a difference in quality.  My favourite way to prepare pasta now is to sauté some minced garlic in butter, add the cooked pasta and some fresh grated Parmesan and we’re good to go.  You get to taste the pasta more so than when covered in a sauce. 
A variation is this Linguine with Black Pepper and Pecorino Romano Cheese from Barilla - try it, I think you will like it.  The link is to the recipe. 

Barilla has made a dramatic turnaround since its chairman's stupid anti-gay statement. In the space of one year, among other things, they've expanded health benefits for transgender workers and their families, contributed money to gay rights causes, and featuring a lesbian couple on a promotional Web site.

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