"To give joy and all the joy can give." Alexander Pope
It is an absolute joy for us food bloggers to be able to share what we are passionate about every single day on our blogs. And it is even a bigger delight to share them with those who need help the most.
The recent earthquake and tsunami in Southeast Asia have caused unprecedented devastation, and among those most affected are the helpless children. A number of food bloggers, namely, Amy, Adam, Alder, Anthony, Bertrand, Clotilde, Derrick, Heidi, Hillel,
Kate, Lenn, Louisa, Melissa, Pascale, Roger, Viv, Wena, and I, decided to do something collectively to help.
We offer up this menu for your pleasure, with recipes from Southeast Asia, our small homage to the long traditions of cuisine in the area. We also offer wine pairing for each course, and translated versions of the recipes by our kind international blogger friends Pascale, Melissa, and Roger. We hope that you will be able to perhaps cook from some of these recipes or even the entire menu and share the joy with those you love.
We also hope that this gesture will incite you to make a small donation to Unicef, to share the delight with those who are in need (Click on the Donate to Unicef button to donate). We understand that many of you have already given generously to many deserving organizations, but we hope that you will give again, if only a few dollars or euros. Each of the blogs involved in this effort has many readers, if each one of you give only a little bit, we hope that it will amount to a substantial sum that could help make a difference to those unfortunate souls.
We chose Unicef as the beneficiary of this fundraising event because they are providing much needed assistance in food, healthcare, and education to the children in the most affected areas.
Thank you so very much for you help.
(Click on each recipe, pairing suggestion, or language to go the blog hosting the selection.)
Tod Mun Pla, Fried Fish Cake
1 pound white fish filet, any kind will do
1 tbsp flour
1/2 cup long beans, sliced into small thin pieces (if you don’t have Chinese long beans, French green beans of
haricots verts will do, but you need to blanche the haricots first)
a handful of lime leaves, chiffonade
4 tbsp fish sauce
4 tsbp panang curry paste
oil for frying
I am running around like a caged mouse today trying to do all the three hundred gazillion things that needed taken care of yesterday, but I want to take a couple minutes to tell you to go vote for your favorite blogs in the 2005 Bloggies.
As you know, the Bloggies have added Best Food Blog as a category this year, and even though Chez Pim is not nominated (grumble grumble), our friends Heidi of 101 Cookbooks, Josh at The Food Section, and Hillel at Tasting Menu are, so I wish them all the best!
Inexplicably, Clotilde, who swept pretty much everything her Chocolate &Zucchini was nominated for in the 2004 Best Food Blog award, -including three categories for which Chez Pim was also nominated (more grumble, grumble -ha ha)- was not nominated in the Best Food Blog category. But fret not C&Z fans, she is up for the Best European Weblog. Bonne Chance Clotilde!
Our man Anthony in Oz and his Spice Blog is up for Best Australian Blog, and also Graham in Saigon and His Noodle Pie for Best Asian Blog (wait, or is it the other way round?). Good luck mates!
And of course, one mustn't forget our old friend Alberto, whoseIs My Blog Burning! is the most infectious meme last year in Blogosphere. He is, of course, up for Best Meme.