Monday, September 29, 2008

A Cuban Dinner in Chapel Hill by AWF


Hors d'ouvres:

Creole Shrimp Pan Cubano (sliced thin)

Frijoles Garbanzo y Plantanos


Cuban Chicken w/Achiote with Chimichirri

Habichuelas al Escabeche

Roasted Red and Sweet Potato With roasted spring onions

Mesclun Green salad with Feta, tomato, shaved zucchini

Tomato and Creole Caesar

Roast Salmon with Avocado, Olive Oil and Lime

Cilantro Pesto and Radishes (Aguacate y Salmon)

Pan Cubano with parsley butter

Flan Cafe Cubano

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

A Wandeing Feast

Go to this web site for A Wandering Feast menus.

An appetizer sample menu:

Cuban Oyster with Rum Vinaigrette

Salmon Sesame-Ginger with Garnish

Smoked Salmon on Pumpernickel

Smoked Salmon on Crisp Potato Galette

Smoked Bluefish on Toasted Brioche

Grilled Shrimp Sate’ with Roasted Garlic-Basil Aioli

Grilled Shrimp with Avocado Salad

Shrimp Spring rolls with Apricot Mustard

Shrimp Remoulade on Baguette Crouton

Scallop Ceviche with Avocado, Tomato and Cucumber (seasonal)

Scallop in a Sweet Potato Crust with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Stir Fried Seafood Medley with Black Beans in Wonton Crisp

Carolina Crab Cake with Cucumber Dill & Caper

Soft Shell Crab sandwich with Capered Mayonnaise

Tuna Skewer with Fresh Wasabi and Pickled Ginger

Salmon Tartare Provencal with Basil

Seafood Salad on Black Bread Toast with Basil Aioli

Assorted Sushi: Tuna, Salmon, Shrimp, Pickled Eggplant, California Roll


Crispy Vegetable Spring Rolls with Apricot Mustard

Roasted & Grilled Vegetables Crudités

Crostini of Truffle Oil Caramelized Vidalia Onion

Vegetable Potstickers with Tamari Sauce

Sourdough Bruschetta with Goat Cheese, Oven Roasted Tomato & Olive

Assorted Filo Turnovers

Filo with Goat Cheese and Ratatouille


Eggplant Caviar with Oven-Dried Tomato Focaccia

Assorted Vegetarian Sushi: Eggplant, Mushroom, Onion Crisp, Carrot and pickled Daikon, Zucchini and Carrot, with Wasabi and Pickled Ginger

Eggplant and Sun-Dried Tomato Caponata on House Made Focaccia

Hummus with Fresh Italian Parsley & Shallots on Taro Chip

Sun Dried Tomato Hummus

Marinated Wild Mushroom with Truffle in Grilled Polenta Cake

Wild Mushroom Galette with Sun-Dried Tomato and Rosemary

Sweet Potato Potsticker with Carrot Ginger Mustard

Figs Stuffed with Herbed Chevre

Baked Artichoke and Pimento Cheese on Black Bread

September 24, 2008 11:56:00 AM PDT

Monday, September 22, 2008

Global Hunger and Food Security

Global Hunger and Food Security

We can ask this question because we are a Global Community and it is responsible to inquire. I am certain of reply and that will be that we give enormous amounts of AID through USAID in humanitarian aid and chemical inputs, Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) plants and seed stock (without acknowledgement it is GMO) that only weaken the food security of the nations we wish to help.
What we must do (and are doing at ) is seek to empower those individuals in countries by developing sustainable processes that enable them to reach levels of self sufficiency and attain eventual self reliance. That is the answer to global poverty, creation of a sustainable system that is on-going, not one of dependence that is a form of corporate colonialism. Helping feed in immediate circumstance is great but it must be augmented by systems that create infrastructures. If we do not seek these systems the global community will never reach food security because temporary handouts of food are just that, temporary and will never meet the growing demand and population growth. If we keep people in a cycle they will never get out of it.
This does not address our propensity to also promote bio-diesel fuel. That is something that will cause or create starvation at enormous levels as we outsource to emerging economies and promote growth of corn for our cars instead of food for people. If you want to see real hunger, if you want to see some very serious wars and civil unrest; wait until countries grow food for us to drive.
Jeff Ensminger