Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Nyanya Project and Peri Peri Mung Pilaf

I attended the Professional Woman of Winston Salem meeting for the first time on Wednesday it was a lovely experience to meet local business woman and entrepreneurs if you haven't attended a meeting like this I highly recommend it.

There was a speaker there Mary Martin Niepold she was outstanding she is a Journalist with over 20 years of experience and still contributes to the Associated Press and is a lecturer at Wake Forrest University. But in my opinion that's amazing but what makes her so special is the Nyanya Project of which she is the founder of. She herself is a grandmother and has a heart for helping and inspiring Grandmothers of AIDS orphans in Africa. She travels back and forth to Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda listening to the Grandma's and their needs and helping them set up business's and projects to be financially independent. The stories of these extraordinary woman will bring tears to your eyes and inspire you.

They need money to continue to fund these projects so please consider visiting the site and donating if your heart tells you to

To end I wanted to share a quick recipe I made up, I was on twitter looking for a new way to make mung beans and came up with pilaf, I also added some Mozambique Peri Peri a fiery African pepper mix by Urban Accents.

  • one cup of mung beans soaked for a few hours
  • one stick of cinnamon
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 3 cloves
  • a few coriander seeds
  • 2 red chili's
  • 2 chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 onion
  • a few cumin seeds
  • masala powder to taste
  • salt to taste
  1. cook the rice, we use a rice cooker
  2. pressure cook the mung beans for one whistle or boil until soft
  3. heat some canola oil and add the spices,
  4. then add the onions and garlic and saute for 3 minutes
  5. add the tomato and let it reduce down to a paste
  6. mix in the Peri Peri powder about a tablespoon
  7. stir in the rice and mung dal.
This was a nice spicy and protein rich dish.

If your still reading my dear friends please tweet, forward, stumble or write a post on this project its so important for the future of the kids and lovely to care for the Grandma's.

Where would we be without ours?


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  1. A great cause.

    Your mung bean pilaf looks great--I have some mung beans I need to do something with & this looks perfect.

  2. I admire people like that. Put a smile on my face.

  3. Very helpful,will surely visit their site....pilaf looks delicious & healthy rebecca...

  4. What good work you are doing... And that pilaf looks divine!

  5. The recipe looks wonderful Rebecca! I love the new header on your blog and this is a great cause, thanks for sharing it!

  6. Loved the post. Great cause Rebecca, and a lovely pilaf!
    BTW, love the neat,new look you've got your blog. NICE!!

  7. This is an excellent idea for mung beans.

    A very worthy cause.

  8. Deb: oh thats cool hope you like it
    Jenn: oh me to inspires us to be better people
    Sushma: thanks so much
    Koek: thanks so much
    Amanda: oh thanks and thanks for the stumble it means a lot to me
    Deeba: thanks so much smiles
    Lori: oh thanks

  9. Mary Martin Niepold sounds like an amazing woman! The peri peri mung pilaf looks yummy!

  10. Oh Rebecca good for you, we are having a meeting next Tuesday, I joined a Task Force that looks for projects to help with in the community, and the arts...

    I adore sprouted munng beans, and am going to go soak some now!

  11. Grand, tasty pilaf and beautiful, important post. Kudos. People like that make the world go round.

  12. Thanks for the info on the Nyanya project and the mung bean pilaf sounds excellent!

  13. What an incredible woman! And you KNOW I need to get my hands on that peri peri, that's totally my kind of thing!!!

  14. Great post. Thanks for raising awareness about this!

    The pilaf looks delicious. I love all of those much flavor.

  15. That looks extremely tasty. I've not tried piri piri.

  16. fresh local and best : she made an impression on me for sure, hence the post lol
    chef e oh can't wait to see what u make, oh and your group sounds awesome
    Claudia: oh so so true
    5 star foodie: my pleasure and thanks
    simply life thanks
    Trix: oh you would love it lol
    Joanne: thanks so much
    Sarah: u will have to get some then he he

  17. Love mung in any form..pilaf sounds great..Have a great week end, Rebecca !

  18. How fascinating-the pilaf looks delicious.

  19. that looks like a great dish! and she is an amazing woman!

  20. An honourable cause.
    Great way to use mung beans, I have some but rarely think of what to do with them.

  21. Gulmohar: thanks
    Esme; thanks
    Zurin: oh for sure love her
    Natashya: oh hope you like it

  22. Thank you for bringing our awareness to such an important project.

    Your mung bean recipe looks delicious, very balanced and healthy.

    I do need to go to one of those "Women in Business" Meet up's. Thanks for the tips.

  23. Sounds like a wonderful meeting and great cause. I've never had mung beans before, but I would love to try them. It sounds like a peppery and spicy dish.

  24. Marla you would love it
    Kim thanks give it a shot lol

  25. What an interesting recipe! Have never tried one of this before. Thanks for sharing.



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