To most of us, food is a way to enjoy life, a greater part of the joie de vivre. For me personally, this blog has been inspired and triggered by the desire to share my passion and love for food with the world. It forms a strong tangible and integrated way to connect with people, to share with people, to inspire people, with a hope to bring a smile on people’s faces. It is with this mission that I started writing to the depths of the world wide web, and with the overwhelming response and appreciation that I have in turn been blessed to receive, I think there is no better time to dedicate this post on my blog to a cause that really intertwines seamlessly with what this blog symbolises.
This post is dedicated to a cause shared by the Lunchbox Fund and the Giving Table, which have successfully brought together food bloggers from every nook and cranny of the globe, to unite on this day and share this significant cause with all its readers. The Lunchbox Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a daily meal for extremely poor and at-risk school children in South Africa, a country where more than 35% of the population is devastated by poverty and AIDS. These children, if properly nourished in body and mind, have the potential to change their lives for the better. The Giving Table mobilises food bloggers and other individuals to participate in social action campaigns that achieve collective impact.
65% of all South African children live in poverty. Receiving food encourages these children to stay in school and obtain their education. The Lunchbox Fund identifies schools or forms partnerships with locally based NGOs or community organisations in order to evaluate and identify schools. It funds distributers to buy and deliver food, monitor the feeding scheme, implement a Project Manager, and deliver reports back to them for evaluation. Nourishment is something quite different and far more essential than food. Lack of nourishment can diminish concentration, erode willpower, and strip away a child’s potential. Compound that with prevalence of HIV/AIDS or the trauma of losing parents and loved ones, without nourishment, a child’s attendance and performance at school is severely jeopardised. After recently spending a fortnight in South Africa, this cause has hit harder with me, and seeing this initiative come to life across the world, by the fabulous technology we have at our fingertips, makes me even more inclined to want to give these underprivileged children the same opportunities that we would want to give our own kids.
“It is our moral obligation to give every child the very best education possible. In order to learn, children need to be nourished. The Lunchbox Fund ensures that ever child is equipped to embrace the future and change it for the better.”
— Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu
The aim of this entire campaign is to raise $5,000 to provide a daily meal to 100 South African school children for an entire year. Fundraising will take place on Causes from 2/10-2/16. By donating our posts, food bloggers are partnering with The Lunchbox Fund to help feed South Africa. With this aim in mind, todays recipe is a simple and child friendly dish, which can be used at lunch time, packed in a box, and can even double up as an after school snack or a fancy appetiser to serve at your next soiree. Yep, you got it, versatile and incredibly simple.
Imagine the thrill of an all expense paid unlimited shopping spree at a candy shop for a child. Then replace the child with a full grown female 20 something food blogger, and replace the candy shop with a supermarket. But don’t replace the feelings, the thrill, the enthusiasm, the high. It is chasing the impossible if I am asked to quickly buy things, despite having a list in hand. It’s therapy, it’s fascination, interest and sheer obsession, that makes me swell with ideas, inspiration, and excitement, as soon as I am left in peace with a trolley in hand, and the supermarket becomes my oyster. This precisely how I came across that one ingredient that triggered this whole recipe and idea: Samosa Patti.
I agree, it doesn’t sound like much. But it fact, it is so much. It can be filled with ingredients from any cuisine, it can be deep fried or baked, scrunched together like little money bags or folded into neat triangles that resemble restaurant quality or fancily catered fare. All this at home, at a steal and in a fraction of an hour. Got you interested yet?
- 1. 200gm mushrooms, diced
- 2. 2 tbs butter + 1 tbs olive oil
- 3. 1/2 clove garlic, minced
- 4. 2-3 sprigs fresh rosemary
- 5. Salt and course pepper, to taste
- 6. 10-15 strips of Samosa Patti (see above for information) or filo pastry
- Move the samosa patti to the refrigerator to thaw.
- Preheat the oven to 200*c and line a baking tray with silpat or parchment paper.
- In a non-stick pan over medium heat, melt the butter. To this you can also add a tablespoon of olive oil to stop the butter from burning. Sauté the mushrooms and the garlic (if using) until cooked properly. Finish with the rosemary and remove from heat.
- While the mushroom is cooking, separate the number of patti sheets that you want to use. Make sure to keep the sheets covered at all times with a kitchen towel, as the sheets get dried out frightfully fast.
- Fill one heaping tablespoon of the mushroom mixture to the top right of each sheet. Fold into triangles as shown in the images below (as well as on the wrapper of the samosa patti packet). Alternatively, you can halve the sheets into two rectangles and scrunch into money bags.
- Brush the tops of the triangles with the butter oil that remains in the pan, as this is packed with flavour and really mustn't be wasted!
- Bake for 15-20 minutes until crispy and golden.
Please don’t forget to donate today! Just INR 626 ($10) has the potential of feeding a child their only meal of the day. That translates roughly to the equivalent of:
- a week’s worth of Starbucks coffee; or
- movie tickets for 2; or
- a meal for 2 from Dominoes.
I’ve donated. Now you should too!
- You can of course change the fillings and even fry the triangles. What I like most is that these make great finger food to pass around at parties, and even if they cold, they don’t get soggy, which is my worst fear!
- You can freeze the triangles, and bake straight from freezer (just add a few minutes to the baking time).
- Served with a fresh green salad, this makes a beautiful plated appetiser or a fresh lunch.