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 http://nyanyaproject.org/



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.

Ingredients:
  • 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
Method:
  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?

Love




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