Supporting The Perennial Plate

As regular readers know I am a big supporter of the work Daniel and Mirra do at Perennial Plate.  I think I have posted almost every video they have ever made.

Given the times we live in they have felt the need to change direction for the summer, away from videos about food and sustainability to ones telling the stories of immigrants and refugees.

I always think it’s good to switch things up.

The idea of doing a targeted Facebook campaign is a unique (to me) idea and one way to try to get the “other side” to hear another view that may change their minds and, maybe, might even change how they vote (the cynic in my doubts this, but hey you don’t know unless you try!)  I for one am very excited about this new project and have donated.  I’d urge you to watch the Kickstarter video above and, if you feel as I did, help them to meet their goal.

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A Celebration of Ireland by the Perennial Plate

I’ve never really understood the fuss about St Patrick’s day. In New York City the St Patrick’s day parade is the largest parade of the year, the Gay pride parade is the second largest.  Since I can remember the organizers of the St Patrick’s day parade (the Ancient Order of Hibernians) has excluded LGBTQ people. This still to this day is causing them some trouble.  Besides not being a huge parade fan I find the idea of green beer kind of disgusting 😉 My point being that I think there should be some far better way of acknowledging and celebrating the contribution of the Irish to our City/Country than a big exclusionary blow out once a year.

Reading Colm Tóibín’s beautifully written tale of what one particular young Irish woman endured to emigrate to New York City in his book: Brooklyn makes the reader painfully aware of just how hard the journey was to get here from Ireland.  How hard it is to emigrate to another country that may, or may not, really want you. Or remember years later what you have endured to get here and how much you have contributed.

These latest videos from the Perennial Plate (who are spending some time in Ireland working for the tourism board) help remind us of the rich culture and beauty these immigrants left and what they brought to share with us in this new country they now call home.  And after watching these videos may reconsider their original choice and may decide to move back 😉

The first video is a love letter to the history, landscapes and food of Ireland.  The second one is a charming, sober interview with the last fisherman fishing in Howth, Dublin.

Watch them both you’ll be glad you did.

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Happy Pi Day: Chicken Pot Pie

Yesterday the city was on lock down due to the “big” snow storm.  The storm wasn’t any where near as monumental as the hype suggested it might be, but it did give me a great excuse to stay home and cook. Continue reading

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Burtown and the Barn

The latest installment from The Perennial Plate.  Makes me want to visit Ireland, it certainly doesn’t make me want to open a restaurant!    Looks amazing and so beautiful.

My new commitment for 2017 is to refocus on this here blog thingy and start giving you more content (which is to say mostly recipes!). Stayed tuned and thanks for hanging in there.

 

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Portrait of a Chef as a Young Woman

Love this new video from The Perennial Plate.  They are playing with style and content and this one is a real winner!  About a young chef in Dublin who does her own thing 😉

 

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Happy Holidays

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Here is the menu for tonight, I tried to have some traditional items and flavors like ginger, mincemeat and Rum, but instead of a Turkey I went vaguely Greek with Lamb and Greek salad.

Since I took the picture of this menu I have made two changes.  The Gougére are gone, sometimes I get so excited when making a menu I just want to make everything!  By noon today I realized there was going to be more than too much food and the last thing we needed way another cheese filled item to complete the already over full list of appetizers!  The Savory Pecan cookies I’ve made these several times, always tinkering with the recipe and I think this version is the winner.img_2344I promise to most the recipe sometime soon! For the main course I tried to keep it simple,  the only involved dish are the sweet potatoes and they were all prepped 2 days ago. Where I really went overboard on desserts because if I were to say I had a christmas tradition it would be baking!  I was very pleased with the way the Ginger Stout Bundt turned out and look forward to having it with Rum Ice Cream and Pear compote.  Good thing my yoga studio is open tomorrow.  img_2338Cherry chocolate is one of my favor combinations so when I saw a recipe for these sour cherry chocolate hazelnut bars I had to try them!  They are fine, but I have to learn my lesson and never make anything new for special occasions.  I think these would have been better thicker with chocolate chunks and hazelnuts inside not on top. Still there are pretty tasty.img_2342Ok I have to get back into the kitchen! What ever holiday you celebrate or if you don’t celebrate any at all I wish you all a great day. Thanks so much for stopping by! Here is to   a happy healthy and prosperous New Year.

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Harvesting Liberty

Get a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and sit down and spend the 12 minutes it takes to watch this beautiful short film.  Directed by Dan Malloy and featuring the charmingly bearded Mike Lewis who founded the non-profit Growing Warriors.

He returned to Kentucky after his tour of duty, faced with few prospects to make a living for himself and with the realization of how so many other veterans had been forgotten once they arrived back home came up with the genius idea to start growing industrial Hemp.  But first he had to jump through the hurdles of US government bureaucracy. This is his story.

After the film you might want to go here and sign the petition:

Hemp4everyone.com

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