JESSICA LEEDER — GLOBAL FOOD REPORTER
From Saturday’s Globe and Mail
In the bowels of an east Toronto hospital lined with aquamarine tile and vintage Garland ovens, a star chef has begun a year-long experiment to revolutionize the most mocked and inedible of institutional foods.
Joshna Maharaj built her reputation whipping up healthy feasts at disparate venues, from a food bank to a high-end cooking school. The challenge of restoring palatability to in-patient food is her most daunting yet – and whether she succeeds is likely to influence the future of hospital food across the country.
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Today a couple of us from the Health and Strength Action group attended the farmer’s market. They gave us a table AND a tent! Our very own to use! 🙂 It was really great. We were handing out our fliers and trying to raise awareness.
Jack Layton stopped by… he says he was involved with the South Riverdale Community Health Centre when it first opened and he helped start a food program there… I’ll have to research this further. lol (INSERTED LATER: And I did! Click Here! ) He was the only person to sign our sheet (well, his *aide* did), requesting more information AND invited us to his free annual free BBQ in the same park (Withrow Park) for Sunday, August 29th! Noon until four. He said we could do the same thing there, handing out fliers and telling people about our cause. I’m actually quite impressed. I was all feisty, thinking he was not going to be *with us*. lol I advanced on him with a hands on hips attitude. LOL
It was rather funny. On my left was a table brought by Ralph Thornton centre – the Riverdale Food Working Group, and they are partnered with us at South Riverdale. They were trying to raise money by selling products that volunteers had made. Jams and salsa and such! Yummy! And on my right was a table by St. John’s – the Compassionate Mission, where I volunteered for a year, feeding folks! So I was surrounded by groups that I work with. 🙂
Riverdale Food Group - with Ralph Thornton
We did notice that we weren’t getting as much attention as the other tables, even though they placed us right in the middle and we’re thinking that it’s because we didn’t have any goodies to offer… something to keep in mind for next time! It IS, afterall, a farmer’s market and people come for food. 🙂
All in all, a great day!
My new bag, I tested it, it worked. lol
What a terrific time we had… and some of the face painting was incredibly rude. lol I loved it. 😉
Music, free food, Twister, dancing – all in all fantastic!!
- Susan and I for the march today!
Cutest Kid Ever!
Well, the job interview went smashingly. lol
I was late…. so I walked in, put on my cheekiest smile and announced – Hi, I’m Tracy and I’m LATE. I have no idea who I’m to see, but I know I have an interview. lol I had a lot of fun, met some great folks and learned a whole new type of job interview…three women… 7 questions. And I enjoyed it. It was questions I know the answers to..common sense answers….
Then EARTH DAY happened! We had 12 drums, and face painting and food!!! We managed to snarf the TTC No Fair box!!! It’s going around the city… landing where needed. The idea is that you put your suggestions or feelings into this box that looks much like a TTC FARE box. 🙂 What it means to you that TTC fares are so high… what you can’t do because of it, what you have to give up to pay it…. etc. Some very inventive mind came up with that..and we got to use it.
All in all, terrifically great day!
TTC No Fair Box
Musical Instruments to go with the 12 Drums!
The Cat, teaching me how to meow and roar!!
Today! And I’m not even done my first java… I learned what jaggery is! Mwa ha ha! Thanks Kelly for having me look up different ways to cook paneer!
Jaggery is basically a sugar made from sugar cane… where gur is a sugar that comes from palm trees. Both are used a lot in Indian cooking. And I didn’t know that ghee is used because of it’s ability to be heated to a more extreme temperature than regular butter – because all the milk products and remaining liquids are boiled off beforehand… !!! I’ve used it in curry – but I’ll bet it’s a great way to fry that paneer! You can also add flavours to it… cumin, etc.
In searching for ways to deal with paneer – I found these great sites … 🙂
So… java number two, coming up! Let’s see what else I can learn before I’ve been up one hour. lol 🙂
Also, try this handy tool.
Do The Math.
It can be used from either website, Put Food In The Budget or The Stop, but it is originally The Stop’s tool.
The new Put Food In The Budget Word Press blog is now up!