Event Announcement: World Bread Day 2012

Event announcement:
World Bread Day 2012 - 7th edition! Bake loaf of bread on October 16 and blog about it! World Bread Day (WBD) – 16 October 2012

World Bread Day began in 2006 and Zorra (Kochtopf) invited food bloggers to help celebrate the occasion. Zorra continues to host the now annual event entering its 7th year. Zorra wrote:


Mark your calendar – October 16 is World Bread Day! Since 2006 every year hundreds of bloggers from all around the world baked bread for this special day. So let’s do it again: Bake a loaf of bread for World Bread Day and blog about it! […] I’m looking forward to seeing a huge basket filled with breads from all over the world again!

It’s easy to take part in World Bread Day; simply bake bread, take pictures and blog about it on Tuesday, 16th October 2012. Not before and not after. Your post can be written in any language. After all, it’s World Bread Day.

Bake a bread with or without yeast, use sourdough, experiment with different flours, add some seeds… It’s up to you! […] Yes, the theme is open. It just has to be bread in form of a loaf or flat (but no cakes, muffins etc.)

For complete details on how to participate in World Bread Day 2012, please read the following

The Bread Baking Babes‘ posting date is also 16 October. We’re inviting you to bake along with us just as we did for Julia Child’s birthday party in August. If you’d like to bake with us, please contact Tanna (My Kitchen in Half Cups) and she will send you our October 2012 recipe.


World Food Day - 16 October Please note that October 16 is also World Food Day, an annual event put together by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to raise funds to feed the world’s chronically hungry.

Event Announcement: In honor of Julia Child’s 100th birthday (BBB August 2012)

BBB: Let's Get BakingTo honor Julia Child’s 100th birthday, the BBBabes will post about the August bread one day early to coincide with Julia Child’s birthday on 15 August 2012. Come bake with us!

Please join us while we celebrate Julia Child’s 100th birthday

BBB invitation 15 August 2012

The Bread Baking Babes request the pleasure of your company as we bake a special recipe in honour of Julia Child as part of the celebration of her 100th birthday

For this special occasion only, the Babes and Buddies will post on the same day, August 15th, Julia’s birthday.

Send your e-mail to Susan at susan(at)wildyeastblog(dot)com so she can send you the details.

We hope you will join us!

For more information, please read the following:


Many thanks to Elle for the creating the lovely image of the invitation.


Greek Easter Bread – with a few substitutions

go directly to the recipe

summary: Greek Easter Bread – with a few substitutions; SAVEUR magazine comes through again with a little help from Manjula’s Kitchen; BBD#48: bread with eggs; (click on images for more information)

egg bread Today is the deadline for bbd #48 – Bread with Eggs hosted by Astrid at Paulchens FoodBlog. I’ve made bread with eggs before, in the form of Challah.

egg But I thought I’d try making Saveur Magazine’s recipe for Greek Easter Bread After all, we have this wonderful new (to us) method for dying eggs!

We still haven’t finished all the cooking so I’m afraid I’m a little late for the BBD deadline. But here’s what we have so far:

Continue reading Greek Easter Bread – with a few substitutions

Event Announcement: World Food Day

Event announcement:
World Food Day (WFD) – 16 October 2012
Agricultural cooperatives – key to feeding the world

World Food Day - 16 October World Food Day is an annual event put together by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to raise funds to feed the world’s chronically hungry.

[T]here have never been so many hungry people in the world.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2010

The theme of this year’s World Food Day is Agricultural cooperatives: key to feeding the world. This theme was chosen to highlight the many, concrete ways in which agricultural cooperatives and producer organizations help to provide food security, generate employment, and lift people out of poverty. […] It has been said repeatedly that we have the means to eliminate hunger and malnutrition. What is needed is the establishment of an enabling environment that allows small producers to take full advantage of available opportunities. Strong cooperatives and producer organizations are an essential part of that enabling environment.

José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of FAO, 2012 (pdf file)

World Food Day is on October 16 to remind us that every day there are empty bowls and critically hungry people world wide.

Let’s make every day World Food Day.

World Food Day: Fill the Cup


fill the cup

Acute hunger or starvation are often highlighted on TV screens […] These situations are the result of high profile crises like war or natural disasters, which starve a population of food, yet emergencies account for less than eight percent of hunger’s victims. […] Daily undernourishment is a less visible form of hunger – but it affects many more people […] By 2001-2003, the total number of undernourished people worldwide had risen to 854 million and the latest figure is 925 million.

WFP: Hunger Map 2011 Today, almost one person in six does not get enough food to be healthy and lead an active life, making hunger and malnutrition the number one risk to health worldwide – greater than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.

– UN World Food Program, Hunger FAQs

WFP Hunger Map 2011 Undernourished: Blue <5%; Yellow 5-9%; Orange 10-19%; Red 20-34% Maroon; >35%; Grey incomplete data (source: FAO: The State of Food Insecurity in the World)

Please note that there are impoverished and hungry people everywhere in the world. And while there are many of us more fortunate who might want pretend that nobody is hungry, happily there are also many who are not ignoring them but working hard to feed these people. Here are just a few possibilities of viable organizations. Please look in your community for others:

Please remember when giving your donations to ensure that the relief agency you have chosen already has operations set up in the area. Also, it’s a good idea to ask their advice about whether it is best to specify “greatest need” on your donation. They know best where the moneys really need to go.

And don’t forget about these sites online.



Bloggers Against Hunger Bloggers Against Hunger
Working together with the World Food Programme to fight hunger.


Birthday Series: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

yet another shameless self-promotion:

Please join us while we celebrate the life and music of the Russian composer, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (7 May 1840 – 6 November, 1893).

Saturday, 7 May 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Avenue, Toronto

Tchaikovsky concert 7:30pm 19 March 2011, Heliconian Hall, Toronto

  • Mikhail Shemet, bass
  • Paul Williamson, tenor
  • Catherine Sulem, violin
  • Gretchen Paxson-Abberger, violin
  • Elizabeth Morris, viola
  • Michelle Kyle, cello and piano
  • Karen Kabiri, double bass
  • Barbara Fris, narrator

Along with Tchaikovsky’s art songs, we will be playing his string quartet No. 1 in D Major, op. 11 (the one with that amazing slow movement) and the wonderful Kuda kuda aria from “Eugene Onegin”.

Not only will there be Tchaikovskian (!!) music, but there are also door prizes and after the concert, you will be invited to stay for complimentary birthday cake, served with tea and coffee (regular, herbal and decaf!).

Hope to see you there!

Advance Tickets: $25 Regular and $20 Senior/Student;
To reserve tickets, please call 416-944-2655.

For more information, please read the following:

Did I mention there will be cake? (And home-made cookies too?) Of course, where there’s cake, there will be cream. There HAS to be cream. But will it be “Russian Cream“? Please come to the concert and find out! :-)


Bitter Sweet (J’adore pickled beets)

summary: pickled beets; a new dessert; magnetic poetry for 1 April; brushing up my French; RePoWriMo; today’s poem; (click on image for larger view)

pickled beets Last night as I was eating delicious macaroni and cheese with pickled beets – from some beets I pickled last September using Katie’s (Thyme for Cooking) recipe as a guideline, I started thinking that some people would think mixing pickled beets with macaroni and cheese is strange. (I assure you that it’s a delicious combination.)

And it reminded me of an article about Stephanie Izard’s Chicago restaurant, ‘Girl & the Goat’ that we were recently reading in SAVEUR magazine.

I’m afraid we wrinkled our noses at a few of the things described.

Shiitake gelato with chocolate cake? Cauliflower with pickled peppers and mint? How does that happen?

– Dana Bowen, ‘Restaurant Review: Girl & the Goat, Architect of Flavor’, SAVEUR Magazine #136 March 2011

Our questions indeed. How DOES that happen? And how does Izard survive serving things like that? Continue reading Bitter Sweet (J’adore pickled beets)