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Thursday, 6 November 2008

World Food Day – Time To Be Thankful

Three very gracious ladies I am very fond of in the blogging-sphere are hosting a ‘MOST’ important event, World Food Day - Time To be Thankful. Val of More Than Burnt Toast, Ivy of Kopiaste & Giz, of Equal Opportunity Kitchen.

Quote from Ivy; “Val and I have decided that we should continue bringing awareness and we are still working on how we can continue to increase awareness and understanding and take action to do all we can year round to alleviate hunger”.

World Food Day – Time To Be Thankful, is to highlight and bring awareness to the hunger problems that exist around the world! Hunger is not only in the third world, hunger happens in our own streets and not too many miles away from us! November is a month of Thanksgiving in parts of the world and here in the U.K. during October each year, we celebrate Harvest Festival where we are thankful for bountiful crops, displays of food and crops are placed in churches and/or schools and we give praise through prayer and song to celebrate our harvest. The food is then divided into parcels and given to the disadvantaged! I feel very passionate and hold closely this cause of World Food Day to my heart! I have been very fortunate in my life to have ample food and never felt those pangs of hunger that many other unfortunates have to endure around the world!

Please let us here in the blogging-sphere make a difference and place our dishes side by side in the conga line of food to feed the world! To join in this event and for more information click on one of the above links to either Val’s, Ivy’s or Giz’s blogs to participate in such a great cause my ‘dear’ friends.

I am submitting to the world food table a wonderful seasonal Pumpkin Soup and a recipe from Rachel Allen’s NEW book Bake for, Rustic Bacon & Cheddar Bread. My reason for choosing these two items of food are; they don’t cost an excessive amount of money to make; soup and bread and this type of food are given out by volunteers to homeless people living on the streets who struggle for warmth and food in the U.K. with every passing day!

Pumpkin, Sweet Potato & Smoked Chilli Soup

A wonderful seasonal soup with a little kick in flavour from the chilli to warm you up on cold autumn/winter day.

25g (1 oz) butter
1 clove garlic, crushed
225g (8 oz) sweet potato, peeled and flesh diced
1 medium pumpkin, peeled, deseeded and flesh diced
¼ tsp sweet smoked paprika
1/2 red chilli, finely diced
750 ml (26 fl oz) vegetable stock
2 tsp wholegrain mustard
1 tbsp Parmesan cheese, finely grated
125 ml (¼ pint) double cream
Salt & freshly ground black pepper


Melt the butter in a large pan; add the garlic, sweet potato and pumpkin, giving a good stir then cover with a lid and cook for 10 minutes. Add the smoked paprika and red chilli, then cook for a minute. Add the vegetable stock and bring to the boil, cover with a lid and simmer for 20 minutes until the vegetables are tender. Allow to cool a little, then stir in the mustard and Parmesan. Blend in a food processor or with a stick blender until smooth. Return to the pan if using a food processor, add the cream and season to taste. Gently reheat through and serve.

Rustic Bacon & Cheddar Bread

Such a great rustic savoury bread and very easy to make with no proving necessary! It’s loaded with flavour from the cheese and bacon and a slice served with a hot bowl of steaming soup is remarkable. This recipe comes from Rachel Allan’s NEW book Bake, a most wonderful book packed full of wonderful treats for any baker!

Makes 1 loaf

320g (11½ oz) plain flour
1 tbsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
100g (3½ oz) Cheddar cheese, grated
100g (3½ oz) bacon lardons, cooked until just crisp in a little sunflower oil and cooled
200ml (7 fl oz) milk
2 eggs
1 tbsp whole grain mustard
60 ml (2 fl oz) olive oil

13 x 23 cm (5 x 9 in) loaf tin


Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas mark 4. Lightly oil and line the loaf tin with non-stick baking paper. Sift all the dry ingredients together into a large bowl. Add the grated cheese and the cooled bacon lardons and mix well. Pour the milk into a large measuring jug, add the eggs, mustard and olive oil and whisk well to combine. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and slowly pour in the liquid, stirring all the time until it is fully incorporated, to form a fairly liquid dough. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake in the oven for 50 minutes. Remove from the tin and allow to cook for a further 10 minutes on the oven shelf to crisp up the bottom. When cooked, it will sound hollow when tapped on the base. Allow to cool on a wire rack before eating.

My appreciation goes to Val, Ivy & Giz for hosting this World Food Day – Time To Be Thankful – Rosie x


Divya Vikram said...

Bread looks amazing..and that pumpkin is beautifully carved!

Happy cook said...

Hi hi rosie you can't post something without adding a bake in it.In that shows you passion for baking :-)
Love the soup and i can imagine how wonderful it will be to eat the soup with that rustice cheese bread.

Haley said...

What a wonderful cause to support!

That bread sounds delicious! Bacon and cheddar... yum!

The Blonde Duck said...

I love the bacon and cheese bread!

Maria said...

I just started thinking about tonight's dinner and you sidetracked me Rosie!
This looks amazing, but I have had my share of bacon and creamy soups this past week so it's time to think healthy for the next couple of weeks. I will have to put replicating this meal off a bit :(

dabrah said...

The bread looks amazing. I'd have to serve it up with tomato soup if I made it, because I'm not fond of pumpkin.

Gloria said...

Rosie these look amazing I love soup too!!! Rosie really soory Pistacho I remember well by her avatar, is so sadly.xGloria

Uma said...

Delicious soup with that yummy bread. Pumpkin carving is too good.

Passionate About Baking said...

Nice entry indeed Rosie & just right. Being thankful is such an evocative feeling...I'm glad the loevly ladies are running the evnt!

Magnolia Wedding Planner said...

Oh Rosie this soup and this bread are absoloutely amazing! very good job!
a big kiss

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

Hi Rosie
Thats the most appropriate selection of food - pumpkin soup, rustic bacon and cheddar bread for the 'World Food Day Event'.. healthy, nutritious and not expensive. I also liked you spooktacular halloween Cupcakes. Looked great for occassion. Coming back after a long time so lot to catch on.

Dee said...

Bot dishes are wonderful contributions to an excellent event. I especially love the bread.

Maria said...

Rosie you know how much I love soups and this soups is calling me, it looks so delicious! Of course I can definitely vouch just how wonderful the rustic bacon and cheddar bread is having made it myself several times now. Great entry.


Rachel said...

That was a wonderful read..and both are a must do for me now....the bread definitely...

Grace said...

well, let's see. your soup is perfect for a cold day, your bread is perfect for the soup, and your jack o' lantern is just plain perfect, period. :)

Rosie said...

Thank you my dear friends for all your kind words! The soup and bread was delicious and all for a good cause of WFD.

Best wishes Rosie x

Cynthia said...

Thanks for reminding us to be thankful... how easily we can forget.

Rosie said...

Thank you Cynthia and lovely to *see* you as always :)

Rosie x

Cakelaw said...

I am a huge fan of pumpkin soup, and enjoy sweet potato, so both in the one soup would be wonderful. I also think that your bread sounds delicious - cheese and bacon bread is a favourite with my Mum.

RecipeGirl said...

What a nice variation on the typical pumpkin soup recipe. Coincidentally I'm making a pumpkin soup for dinner tonight!

Anne said...

this bread looks like such a treat. i know at least 5 people who would love it during this holiday season, so now i think i'm morally obliged to make it. thanks for posting it.

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

I like the idea of the rustic bacon cheddar bread. Sounds great!

Ivy said...

Sorry for being so late to comment to your post but I just returned from abroad. Thank you so much Rosie for participating with these two lovely recipes. What better than a hearty plate of soup with homemade bread.

Rosie said...

You are all so very kind and many thanks, Cakelaw, recipegirl, anne, Jerri & Ivy :)

Ivy I hope you had a lovely holiday sweetie and it has been a pleasure once again to take part in your great event :)

With best wishes Rosie x