Friday, 7 April 2017

Local food celebrity fundraises for East Africa Emergency Appeal

Rosemary Moon in action

Food writer and champion of local food, Rosemary Moon, has held a fundraising cookery demonstration in a bid to help the millions who face starvation in East Africa.

On 23rd March the parish hall of Our Lady of Sorrows, Bognor Regis, was transformed into a kitchen filled with delectable delights. With the assistance of sous chef, assistant priest Fr. David King, Rosemary cooked a variety of dishes including onion and chilli tabbouleh, butternut noodles with salmon and coconut and a citrus winter fruit salad. Taster areas were set around the room where guests could sample the dishes, which were made using Fairtrade ingredients where possible. £150 was raised for CAFOD’s East Africa appeal

Cookery demonstrator and organiser, Rosemary Moon, said:

“I have a skill and if by contributing the cost of the ingredients and using this skill, people come and have a great evening and the net result is hundreds of pounds for charity, then it’s a no brainer – why not?”

“People think, what possibly can my £1 or £5 do in East Africa, but you have to dig in your pocket and know that it for people out there, it will make a difference. As well as giving money, you have to think about what changes you can make at home to stop climate change, which has been a huge factor in causing the famine. By walking more, using Fairtrade products and so on you can be sure as eggs are eggs that it will make a difference. It’s two-fold – you have to look at what changes you can make and give money.”

In East Africa, there are currently over 16 million people in need of urgent food and other life-saving assistance. Despite the challenges, CAFOD makes sure that aid reaches the families who are most in need, through the network of trusted local organisations which CAFOD works with in South Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya. The money raised by Our Lady of Sorrows will help CAFOD ensure that assistance reaches those who so desperately need it.

CAFOD’s representative for Bognor Regis, Martin Brown, said:

“We would like to say a big thank you to Rosemary for running the demonstration and for Fr. David King and Our Lady of Sorrows for hosting the evening. It was clearly a huge success and the generosity of you all, and those who attended, is greatly appreciated.”

If you would like to try one of Rosemary’s recipes, then why not try the Onion and chilli tabbouleh?

Onion and chilli tabouleh
Serves 6
6 spring onions
1 red and 1 green chilli
1 bunch watercress
1/2 cucumber
175g cracked wheat
1 lemon
extra virgin olive oil

Finely slice the spring onions. Seed the chillies and chop them finely with the watercress (this can be done in a processor). Coarsely grate the cucumber, reserving the liquid.
Wash the cracked wheat in a sieve then turn it into a pan and add 450ml boiling water. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, stir and add the cucumber water, then leave to stand for 10 minutes, covered.
Turn the cracked wheat into a bowl and add the prepared vegetables. Grate the zest from the lemon into the salad, squeeze the juice and add that with some seasoning and leave for a few minutes. Check the moisture and add a little olive oil. Season again and serve.

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