Last June I contributed a pineapple-based recipe, my Pineapple Crumble, to Oxfam’s Stop Hunger online cookbook. The campaign helped raise awareness of their work helping communities in Mozambique grow drought-tolerant pineapples, as well as raising funds through their supporter’s generous donations.
This year’s Stop Hunger Appeal is ‘Stop Hunger, Start Growing’. Focusing on Oxfam’s work in Sri Lanka, they are supporting women to to start home gardening businesses. With the tools and knowledge, families in Sri Lanka have the means to grow food to feed themselves, as well as selling surplus to earn an income.
Stop Hunger, Start Cooking
The ‘Stop Hunger, Start Cooking’ cookbook theme is ‘Fresh From The Garden’, and features 38 fresh recipes from top chefs, food bloggers, and Oxfam supporters.
After thinking through many recipe ideas, I decided that you can’t get much fresher than a salad. The salad recipe I contributed is a jazzed-up version of what I eat most days for lunch, with quinoa, fresh veggies and fresh herbs. The chicken is coated in a delicious, fragrant mix of fennel and cumin seeds, and the whole salad is finished with a lemon dressing. It’s healthy, fresh, full of flavour, and best of all, quite easy to make – I promise.
Oxfam are holding a competition with 3 prizes from their fair trade range. To enter, simply choose one of the recipes from the cookbook and send them a photo of either your finished dish or of you cooking the dish. Enter the competition by posting your photo on Twitter using the hashtag #stophungerstartcooking. The winners will be chosen by Oxfam at 3pm on Wednesday 27th June 2012. You can read more about their competition here.
Oxfam Media Release
Top Australian chefs and foodies including Kylie Kwong, Julie Goodwin and Neil Perry have teamed up with a Sri Lankan farmer to draw attention to the growing food crisis facing the world’s poorest communities.
More than 30 chefs, food bloggers and home cooks from around the country have donated recipes for a new online cookbook in support of Oxfam Australia’s Stop Hunger campaign, which is helping to provide small-scale farmers with the tools, seeds and skills they need to feed their families.
Chandrani from Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka’s North is the face of Oxfam’s Stop Hunger campaign. Until recently, Chandrani and her husband were struggling to support their family as poorly paid labourers – unable to buy food for their family or send their three kids to school.
“We could not afford to eat rice all three meals. We did not have enough income to eat nutritious food. We only wanted to suppress our hunger,” Chandrani said.
“Before, we had a problem of accessing water; we could not cultivate paddy fields and vegetables.”
A water irrigation system supplied by Oxfam together with partner organisation RGNK allowed Chandrani to grow vegetables for her family to eat and start a home gardening business. She is now able to earn an income from selling surplus vegetables, allowing her to send her three children to school.
Inspired by Chandrani’s story and the vegetables she is now able to grow in her garden, like capsicum, radish, beetroot, spinach, and chillies, Australian foodies jumped at the chance to help draw attention to the Stop Hunger campaign by contributing their own vegetable-based recipes to Oxfam.
Oxfam Ambassadors Julie Goodwin and Kylie Kwong both based their recipes around eggplant, one of the vegetables Chandrani is now able to grow in her home garden.
“No matter what country we’re from, mothers will do whatever it takes to give their children healthy food. Women in Sri Lanka are prepared to do the work needed to plant a veggie garden, and nurture their plants until they’re ready to be harvested and eaten. But they need some help getting that garden started. Please join me and Oxfam in partnering with these mothers, to provide the tools and seeds they need to grow food for their families,” Mrs Goodwin said.
“I passionately believe that all people, the world over, should have access to fresh, nutritious and sustainable food to support their families. Unfortunately, far too many are missing out, but together we can make a difference,” Ms Kwong said.