MSMF Picnic 2015 in on June 27th – a most delicious way to help people

This is a most awesome cause – with the most delicious food ever.

MSMF is a very worthy charity, turning tragedy into hope.  They have been holding their fundraising picnic for 21 years…and I remember going to them, from the very first one, which was held at my friend’s backyard…

But, their flyer says it all:

MSMF Annual Picnic 2015

 

Great!

It seems that WordPress has, in their wisdom, done some awesome improvements to their site….and until I re-learn the system, I seem unable to embed things – like the MSMF most awesome poster (which says it all).  my apologies – please, see the flyer here.

So, please, do follow the link…

In the meantime, here is some of the most important information:

Saturday June 27,

2015 Andrew Haydon Park, Ottawa

Indian Vegetarian Food: 11 AM – 2 PM

Entertainment starting from 1:30 PM

Programs for kids starting from 11:30 AM

While the programs are free to all, there is a cost for the food (hence, the fundraising aspect):

 $20 per 13yr or older, $15 per 12yr or younger

And if you doubt just how awesome and effective this charity is, here is a bit of their stats as of October 2014:

Children Educated: 2,233

Scholarships: 450

Out Patients: 2,113,071

Surgeries: 203,984

Eye screening camps organized :  Adults: 2,088, Children: 995

This really is a most delicious way to make the world a better place!!!

 

Dear Campbell’s Company Canada:

UPDATED BELOW!!!!

The following is a comment I have just submitted at the Campbell’s Company Canada’s contact page – if/when I get a response, I will be sure to post it here:

Hello Campbell’s!

I have always enjoyed your soups, especially Cream of Mushroom. I love cooking and used it a lot.

However, the last time I went to purchase it, I noticed that it had a ‘Halal’ certification marker on it. I am not sure if you are aware of this, but Christian and Sikh teachings strictly forbid the consumption of Halal food. Some of my Hindu friends also avoid it, because of Halal’s meat connotation of animal cruelty.

Sikh religion forbids Halal food explicitly.

Christian religion, in both the Old and New Testament, forbids the consumption of food that had been prayed over/sanctified to any religion/god other than its own. Since ‘Halal’ means ‘having been made ritualistically pure in the eyes of Allah’, that makes ‘Halal’ food sanctified to a non-Christian religion and thus forbidden for observant Christians to consume. As more Christians are becoming familiar with what it means for food to be Halal, more of them are becoming aware that it is indeed forbidden for them to consume it.

On the other hand, Sharia rules that in non-Muslim land, the consumption of Halal food is not compulsory, only recommended when easily available: ‘If no transgression is intended, then none is incurred, for Allah is merciful’.

As mine is a very inclusive home and I love cooking for my friends from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds, I cannot, in good conscience, purchase Halal food and serve it to people for whom it may be religiously forbidden. Therefore, it will be more culturally sensitive for me to shy away from purchasing your brand of products from now on.

It saddens me greatly that I will not be able to include your products in my household in the future. If, however, you re-introduce your soups without Halal certification, please, do let me know and I will be very glad to become your customer once again.

Sincerely yours,

Alexandra Belaire

UPDATE:  Here are some additional comments submitted to Campbell’s:

Hello Campbell’s,

I have long been a Campbell’s soup fan.

But I have just noticed that you are doing Halal certification. As an animal lover, and supporter of the humane slaughter of animals, this means that I can no longer buy your products.

Please watch the Halal slaughter of animals. Animals that have been Halal slaughtered show high levels of stress hormones – unlike, for example, animals that have been slaughtered to be kosher. The traditional slaughterhouse methods are bad enough – Halal is far worse. Again, please watch.

Then, there are also religious reasons not to do Halal certification, as this is against Christian doctrine, and also other religious doctrines. I don’t know why you are doing something that is against Christian doctrine, but conforms to Muslim doctrine. Please let me know.

A friend who is more versed in religion has put together the following:

Christian and Sikh teachings strictly forbid the consumption of Halal food. Some of my Hindu friends also avoid it, because of Halal’s meat connotation of animal cruelty.

Sikh religion forbids Halal food explicitly.

Christian religion, in both the Old and New Testament, forbids the consumption of food that had been prayed over/sanctified to any religion/god other than its own. Since ‘Halal’ means ‘having been made ritualistically pure in the eyes of Allah’, that makes ‘Halal’ food sanctified to a non-Christian religion and thus forbidden for observant Christians to consume. As more Christians are becoming familiar with what it means for food to be Halal, more of them are becoming aware that it is indeed forbidden for them to consume it.

On the other hand, Sharia rules that in non-Muslim land, the consumption of Halal food is not compulsory, only recommended when easily available: ‘If no transgression is intended, then none is incurred, for Allah is merciful’.

As mine is a very inclusive home and I love cooking for my friends from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds, I cannot, in good conscience, purchase Halal food and serve it to people for whom it may be religiously forbidden. Therefore, it will be more culturally sensitive for me to shy away from purchasing your brand of products from now on.

It saddens me greatly that I will not be able to include your products in my household in the future. If, however, you re-introduce your soups without Halal certification, please, do let me know and I will be very glad to become your customer once again.

Best regards,

Elsa [redacted], PhD

And:

Dear Public Relations,
I disagree with buying anything that is ‘halal’.  Firstly, halal is cruelty to animals and standards of hygiene are less. Secondly, part of the money paid for halal supports supremacism and misogyny.
For those reasons, I will not purchase any halal product ever and will encourage all my family and friends not to buy them as well.
I hope Campbell’s will abandon their support for misogynistic totalitarianism immediately.
Cordially,
[name redacted]

A delicious interlude

If you live in Ottawa, and if you love good, fresh, food, have I got a treat for you!

Driving from Bayshore to Bell’s Corners down Richmond road, at the corner of Acres Rd., there is the old Acres House.  It is an NCC (National Capital Commission) owned property, so it is not surprising that it stood abandoned and forlorn for years, but no more.

Acres House has been re-born as ‘Veggie Trails Farms’ has moved in.  But, they are much more than just a fresh produce store – they have started their ‘patio’.

It’s only open from 11-3 on Mondays to Thursdays, it serves a roasted vegetable salad (featuring the veggies they sell) and, to showcase the fruit, the most delicious awesome Pavlova you have ever tasted!

I don’t usually ‘review food’ or ‘places to eat’, but last week, I indulged…and, I’m afraid, will indulge again!

So, if you are in Ottawa and wish to indulge – enjoy!

Indian picnic – 25th of June, 2011, Andrew Haydon Park, Ottawa

This year’s ‘Indian Picnic’ will be held tomorrow, 25th of June, 2011.

It will take place at the beautiful Andrew Haydon Park in the West end of Ottawa.

I don’t have is year’s menu, but here is a peek at last year’s.

This is the annual fundraiser picnic for  MSMF Foundation – and a delicious way to help others be well enough to help themselves

I have not missed one for abut a decade (or longer), though, I am not certain if I will be in any shape to go  and so am leaving the decision until I see how I feel tomorrow.

If you are in Ottawa and would like to enjoy the best home-cooked Indian food ever, things kick off around 11-ish with the food being served from 12 o’clock on.  It will be awesome!

 

 

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A delicious way to help others

If you will be in Ottawa on Saturday, June 19th, 2010…

If you like to help others…

If you love delicious food…

Then you just might be interested in the MSMF India Food Fest 2010!

It starts at 11 am, and takes place at the Andrew Haydon Park – and, from past experience, I have to say the food is fantastic.

On the menu:

An enjoyable way to spend a Saturday!