Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Menu, Week 3

Props to Ava!


Pomegranate Sorbet with Chocolate Cookies.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Dinner last night.

Hi everyone,
Thank you to those who attended dinner last night. Giulia and I were both pleased with the results and we hope you were too! We especially enjoyed the lovely music that the musicians provided this week. I'm hoping to upload some of their music soon. Also, we raised $56 for fistula and while that might not sound like too much that is more than a quarter of Women!'s goal for the whole month (that is, enough to cover a quarter of the cost of one surgery!).

I will upload some pictures in a few days. For now enjoy this video with Less from Walker Farms explaining what a Buddha's Hand is.

Walker Farms always has one of the most bountiful stands at the Saturday Pasadena market. This week they still had the last of the summer stone-fruits as well as giant crates of beautiful persimmons, apples, pears, figs and...Buddha's Hands.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Well Fed helping to Fund Raise for Fistula this Weekend

Hi Everyone,

This weekend at Well Fed we will be asking for completely non-mandatory donations to help Women! raise money for fistula surgeries. Tessa D'Arcangelew is charging this operation and she has provided some information about her organization and this specific fundraiser which I will paste below:

Green Pink is an initiative started by the Sierra Club in conjunction with One by One, an organization that works to end the prevalence of obstetric fistula (a life debilitating complication from child birth, yet one that is commonly and easily fixed in countries with proper pregnancy care). The basic premise of this movement is this: as women are granted more access to basic rights, such as better prenatal and pregancy care, they are better able to take care of their children or work within their society for change. We beleive that the elevation of women within the world goes hand in hand with the eradication of many social problems, such as those pertaining to the environment, poverty, hunger, and widespread disease. Women are the primary caretakers of children in many countries severely affected by these global issues, and therefore the children's first educator. Moreover, women are often the most severely affected by these issues and therefore most likely to advocate for change.

Green Pink and the linking of environmentalism and feminism empowers women by providing them the necessary health care and basic human rights that allow them to advocate on their own behalf.

Women! is proud to bring the following events to campus beginning Friday, October 23 and extending through the 28th: Fund raising for an obstetric fistula surgery ($300); tree planting in collaboration with the outdoors club; ARTnight on Monday at 5:30pm; campus-wide displays of ecofeminism; and the GREEN PINK PARTY on Wednesday, Oct 28 @ 7pm in the Center for Gender Equity: see a short film and meet with a speaker from the Sierra Club. appetizers will be served. For more information please e-mail Tessa D'Arcangelew.

Well Fed Dinner # 3

Bay Leaf and Honey Iced Tea

Roasted grapes with sea salt and rosemary
Fresh herbed goat-cheese

Homemade sausage
Roasted turnips and radishes*
Bitter green salad
Rustic bread

Pomegranate sorbet
Chocolate cookie

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Crisp? Crumble? Cobbler? Brown-Betty? PANDOWDY?!

Hi there,
Well Fed is "catering"a QSA event this week. We're making dessert for about 20 people. We obviously wanted to make a delicious seasonal spread and finally decided on an apple pandowdy, cinnamon ice-cream and a seasonal fruit platter.
The menu begs the question: what exactly is a pandowdy? Gathering from a few on-line sources I discovered that it is a deep-dish, apple-spice dessert that originated in the early 1800's. The filling of the one I made is lots of tart granny-smith apples doused in molasses, various spices, lemon juice and sugar. The topping is biscuit-like and was broken up into pieces part way through the baking to allow the crust to soak up some of the juices. It smells like Thanksgiving in my house.
Also, for those who were wondering, we have William pears, Crimson Star pears, Gala apples, Fuyu persimmons and grapes on the fruit platter.
I hope it all goes well!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Photos from Week I

Making our own ricotta

Baby Purple Artichokes
Of course, heirloom tomatoes!

Lilly of ABC Rhubarb

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Week 2 Menu

Here is the menu from Saturday night. The art that Ava drew is really glorious-- to see it more clearly click on the picture.

Friday, October 2, 2009

So what is a passion fruit?

Well Fed Dinner #2 (10/3/09)


Featured Drink
Jamaica with lime and mint

Hors D'oevres
Cold zucchini soup with Pattypan squash from the Garden

Main Course
Pizza with Butternut Squash from the Garden, gruyere, and thyme
Arugula Salad with shaved parmigiano, lemon, and Olive Oil
Scallops wrapped in prosciutto seared with tarragon

Passion fruit granita with tuiles and mint