Chocolate-Dipped Orange Peel Cookies

This is my first year participating in The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, a great fundraising effort partnered with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a national non-profit organization committed to funding new therapies used in the fight against pediatric cancer. I cannot remember the exact amount raised last time we were notified but it was in the 5 digits, and I beleive about 1,000 bloggers joined. That is amazing! My cookies of choice for the swap were Chocolate-Dipped Orange Peel Cookies. What is this Cookie Swap?

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap brings together food bloggers from around the world in celebration of all things scrumptious. The premise is this: sign up. Receive the addresses of three other food bloggers. Send each of them one dozen delicious homemade cookies. Receive three different boxes of scrumptious cookies from other bloggers. Eat them!

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Gourmet Taco War for Dans la rue

I have been busssyyyyy! Not much time in the kitchen but I had another awesome foodie event I wanted to share. And this Saturday was my 2nd Food Film Marathon which was a success, another post to come on that. I’ll be back as of Saturday with new kitchen creations!

A couple of weeks back  I told you all about a wonderful charity event I was honored to take part of: De la rue aux Étoiles. There were close to 500 guests and the event raised over 130,000$. A-MA-ZING! I present you seven of the eight gourmet tacos (oops for got to take pics of one) created by some of the best chefs in town…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Got a taco craving yet???

A Special night: DE LA RUE AUX ÉTOILES

Everyone in Montreal is familiar with the epic Dans la Rue organization, which was Founded by Father Emmett Johns (nicknamed Pops) in 1988. This grassroots, community-based organization works with street kids and at-risk youth aged 12 to 25. The philosophy of of the organization is to help without judgment into action by providing street kids with food, shelter and support through our outreach programs.

The main ‘vehicle’ of this organization the Van and its hotdogs. The Van roams the streets of Montreal, five nights a week from 8 p.m. until the wee hours of the morning providing food, hot drinks and toiletries to youths in need. The Van is often the first line of contact with many street kids. Back in the day when I was more of a rebel I had a few friends that were runaways living on the streets. Following these friend one night I ended up  inside the Van and was handed a hotdog that I refused. I just pretend to be bad but lived well in a house with parents who loved me. I felt guilty taking that hotdog from some else who really needed it. It was a humbling experience I never forgot.

I am so honored to be included in this year’s DE LA RUE AUX ÉTOILES event, an evening of friendly competition amongst some of the city’s current most talked about chefs. This delicious evening for a good cause will take place on September 27th. Each chef is coupled with a local food blogger. I have been matched with chef Benjamin Léonard at Bocata. It’s my first time so not sure what it will involve yet, maybe it will be my chance also to help out in the kitchen with a chef in this year’s theme: the Taco.

After all I did a good job when I made this Fish tortilla with a citrus & vanilla gastrique radish salsa 😉

PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS:
BICE
Pintxo
Ferreira Café
Le Boucan
Bocata
BAXO
Tuck Shop
Taverne Gaspar
Le St-Urbain (dessert station) with Van Houtte Coffee

The evening will also include amazing street entertainment and groove rhythms, while enjoying the most scenic views of Montreal. All profits of this wonderful evening of haute street cuisine will support Dans la rue, an organization helping young people get off the streets.

COME SEE OUR GUEST CHEFS REINVENT THE TACO AND CAST YOUR VOTE FOR THE BEST TACO!

September 27th, 2012, 6pm
Montreal Science Centre – Le Belvédère
Ticket: $125 (receipt of $100), 10 tickets: $1,000 (receipt of $750)
Call 514-526-5222 to buy your tickets.

Guilt Free Chocolate Pudding, Mortimer Winners and Film Marathon Recap

I have the two winning names in hand for the big 75$ cool kitchen gift baskets  winners! The numbers from the eligible entries were picked randomly by the store’s owners daughters: they chose numbers 40 and 60. I hope you enjoy your prizes.

Congratulations Tasty Trix and Rituparna

If you ladies want to celebrate with a great guilt free dessert let me suggest the following recipe: a healthy chocolate pudding. It is so simple, I know the recipe by heart and so do not remember the source except that it was from a vegetarian cookbook. So yes this recipe is vegetarian and dairy free. The base of the pudding is silken tofu. Unless you are an ultra fussy eater you will not even taste the tofu plus the texture will delightful.

Ξ Guilt Free Chocolate Pudding Ξ

  • 1 block of silken tofu (300 gr)
  • 1/4 cocoa powder
  • 1/4 sugar
  • 1 ground cardamom pod (other substitutes 1/4 tsp cinnamon, a pinch of cayenne, etc)

Put all the ingredients in a food processor or blender. Blend until the mixture is smooth. Spoon into 3 dessert dishes and refrigerate at least an hour before serving.  Makes 3 servings.

I’ve tried to skip the blending part once and just mix by hand….not the same and lumpy, do blend it for top results.

 

Each serving is a mere 128 calories, 4 gr of fat, 21 gr of carbs and 7 gr of protein.

And let me tell you I will really need a guilt free dessert after I finish all the leftovers in the fridge, especially the pies, from the CEE Food Film Marathon I hosted the Saturday at my place.

It was declared a success by all that attended and lots of non perishable food was donated plus I raised a bit of money from the raffle too.

The prizes were set

The screen was set

And there were a many guests brewing in the kitchen.

The lights were off for the presentations

The table was set, so much food this is a fraction of what was there

The people were hungry between films – small mob attacking pot-luck table

One more big thank you to my sponsors: My Cookbook AddictionNDG Food Depot and Pierre Black. I can’t wait to host the 2nd one next year. I definitely learned a lot and some thing will change but I definitely see this becoming a yearly event. Will you come next year?

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Cheap Ethnic Eatz food film marathon in 12 days

I am getting really pumped and trying to get organized for the upcoming event on Oct 15th, the…

1st annual Cheap Ethnic Eatz food film marathon and pot luck

A day of movies about food…with food, starting at noon and running for 12 hours. This is a private on-invitation only event as it is at a private location. Fingers crossed for a public venue next year!

 

The 2011 Playbill

12 pm – Babette’s Feast
2pm – Ratatouille
4pm – Coffee and Cigarettes
6pm – Tampopo
8pm – Chocolat
10pm – The Cook, his Wife and her Lover

 

 

 

Food and Fundraising:

This is a perfect opportunity to help out a local charity and I chose the NDG Food Depot, a place that strives to eliminate hunger in a manner that ensures dignity, community engagement and the development of human potential since 1986. The NDG Food Depot provides:

  • 700 emergency food baskets EACH WEEK
  • help and resources for immigration, employment and housing assistance
  • the Boomer Cafe, a weekly drop-in is for anyone aged 50-64
  • the Good Food Box, a bi-monthly produce-buying group collective
  • food rescue through the Zero Food Waste Network
  • 2 employability programs, BIL Project and ACTION, in partnership with Emploi Quebec
  • cooking classes, movie nights and skill-sharing workshops
  • a huge Holiday Food Drive (need 500+ volunteers on Dec 3rd 2011)

Guests are asked to bring non perishable items (need ideas?) and there will be a raffle with 3 prizes! 1$ for a ticket, 3$ for 5 and 5$ for 10. Prizes will be raffled off the day of the event.  Tax receipts will be issued for donations of $20 +. All proceeds will be donated to the NDG Food Depot. I want to send out a BIG Thank You to our sponsors! The prizes are:

♥ 2 cookbooks: Good Food to Go , donated by My Cookbook Addiction and Les Carnivores Infidèles, donated by me.

An artist’s materials and family movies gift package – donated by the NDG Food Depot

1 free consultation with Pierre Black, Health and Lifestyle Strategies – donated by Pierre Black

Not in Montreal or cannot attend? Want to make a donation to show you support, just click the button!

 

Will let you know how the event goes and see you next year for the 2nd annual edition!

Major Rant and I have officially lost my mind

Yes those are 2 different statements lol.

First, why I may have officially lost my mind?

Recent events and talks made a project take shape in my head. I just officially announced and invited today 67 of my closest foodie/blogger/movie friends to my large but still 1 bedroom apartment for the 1st annual Cheap Ethnic Eatz food film marathon and pot luck. It will take place in mid October for 12 hours and for sure you will be reading about it, before and after the event.

I am toying with the idea of a small contribution fund raising effort too for some food related Montreal organization and maybe get a few sponsors to donate food or cookbooks/ingredients/items for prizes during the marathon. Would you like to donate something? contact me at worldethnicfood at hotmail dot com.

And yes these are all friends, remember I had a dinner group for 4 years where 500 ish members came and went so I made lots of real friends in there. Look I even have a logo ha ha:

1st annual Cheap Ethnic Eatz food film marathon and pot luck

And now for my Major Rant:

This related to a group on facebook I belong to. I need to BITCH.

So this group was started by a food blogger and is exclusively for food bloggers in Montreal city. Fantastic! Except that like 80% of them work in marketing/media/promotion, etc…aside from their personal blog. So most of them get invited to all the media events and I mean all of them. I call them the elite club. I get plenty of invites and I don’t need to be invited to everything…but they seem to be rubbing it in everyone’s face in a subtle way at times. Most topics there start off with: Who got invited to….But then things took a weird turn this week.

– Chef Gordon Ramsy bought, revamped and opened up a restaurant in Montreal this week called Laurier Gordon Ramsy. I got my reservation with friends coming soon! Anyways in this facebook group someone posted a link to an article in Montreal’s major french newspaper where the journalist wrote about why do we all of a sudden have a few international chefs come here, put their cooking paw in a resto and claim that Montreal has been put now on the International food map. Hello, we are on of the top food cities! This got a huge debate going in the group.

– A few weeks ago some people founded an association for Quebec food bloggers with an actual statement and everything. Like an official association for food bloggers? Ok fine why not, I have a rough estimate that there are about 100 food bloggers in Montreal alone. But again more then half the comity who have their own blog…..work in PR, communications, media, etc. Oh so very objective…NOT.

– And the last straw that broke the camel’s back: a big discussion was started after someone suggested we should establish a comity that would review Montreal food blogs and give them a stamp of approval (perhaps a logo) that WE ARE AUTHENTIC AND HAVE INTEGRITY in our blogs.

W———-T———-F ???????????? Have they all completely lost their freaking minds? We are hobby food bloggers! I may get in trouble for my next statement: most of these bloggers in this group REVIEW food, they don’t post recipes they make AND most of them are francophone….the anglophone bloggers kind of take a back seat. Why? There has to be a psychological angle here somewhere (which I have my opinions on but this is not the place for it…and let me precise I am Francophone first, Anglophone second)

I broke down and really gave my opinion today in that group and wrote the following (translated…of course I wrote it in French there):

I write ​​my blog because I am passionate in my interest for great food. I rarely do restaurant or product critiques now, very occasionally but there is nothing wrong with it either. I mostly cook and I share my recipes. I get the occasional invite to a food media event or launch. I never feel compelled to make a follow-up afterwards, only if I want to. I do not want to know anything about being in a milieu where I could be judged for it. I find the PR houses could open their doors a little wider for those who are invited to events since it is always the same people who are invited…an elite few, no? There are at least 30 (60) other bloggers in Montreal which are never invited. I do not care really what the world media writes on Montreal or our view of food….. it lasts 5 minutes and people forget.

I do not want to bitch so grandiosely, a gift I have sometimes and now I am pumped (sorry nothing personal), but there are a number of members in this group who never speak yet chat with me…right now we are speechless.

If you are one of the few who make your livelihood with your blog … set up your rules of etiquette but under a RECOGNIZED professional order only, I have no problem with that.

But if your blog is a hobby that creates a little mad money…..can we please take ourselves a little less seriously?

Am I exaggerating, am I overly emotional about this or do you see a problem here to? Do you have such issues in your home city with fellow food bloggers?

22nd Annual Les aliments M&M Charity BBQ Day

For Immediate Release April 6, 2010

Fire Up the Grill: Celebrate the 22nd Annual Les aliments M&M Charity BBQ Day on Saturday May 8, 2010!

Join Les aliments M&M and CCFC to help raise $2 million for Crohn’s and Colitis Research!

On Saturday, May 8, 2010, Canadians can help cook up a cure! Visit any of the near 70 Les aliments M&Mlocations in Québec to support the 22nd Annual Les aliments M&M Charity BBQ Daybenefiting Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC) medical research.

Les aliments M&M franchisees, staff and hundreds of volunteers will be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs to meet the 2009 Charity BBQ Day fundraising goal of $2 million.  On May 8th between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., supporters will receive a hamburger or hot dog, a drink and a bag of chips for a minimum donation of $2.50.  All product and time is donated, so every penny raised goes directly to CCFC for their research programs.  Over the past 21 years, Les aliments M&M has raised more than $18.3 million for medical research dedicated to finding a cure for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

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