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Welcome to my ramblings on dinner & drink, people & places, our planet’s health & the future of food. I’m a journalist, author and media trainer. My kitchen forever smells of garlic and curry. And much like my mother, I start thinking of dinner long before breakfast….

Menu for Hope 6

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While much of the world celebrates December with feasts and festivities, millions still go hungry. If you’ve followed food blogs for a while, no doubt you will recall Menu for Hope, the annual campaign in which food bloggers around the world unite to raise money for the World Food Programme. It began in the aftermath of the tsunami that devastated parts of Asia and Africa five years ago this month. You can read the whole Menu for Hope history on Chez Pim, the online home of food connoisseur and author Pim Techamuanvivit, who organized the whole shebang.

How does this work? It’s really simple. Bloggers everywhere are offering up hundreds of delectable items. All you have to do is select the item(s) you would like and buy as many $10 raffle tickets for as many chances at winning your selected item(s). This year, the money will benefit a new WFP program, called Purchase for Progress (P4P), which helps small-scale farmers to supply food to WFP’s global programs.

The campaign begins today and runs through Dec. 25. Items are divided by region, but you can bid on anything you’d like. Check Chez Pim for a master list of all available bid items. In years past, The Rambling Spoon has been listed in the Asia Pacific region. But this year, yours truly is stationed in the United States through early January, and you’ll find The Rambling Spoon’s items on the West Coast list, with host Shauna of Gluten-Free Girl.

©2009 Jerry Redfern

This year I’m pleased to offer you a personal selection taken from the fruits and labors of my dear husband Jerry (the professional responsible for the photos on this blog) and his mother, Jenny Redfern. We’re presenting seven of Jerry’s colorful prints, taken along our recent culinary journeys through Asia. These pictures, printed on 8 1/2 x 11 premium photo paper with archival inks, will take you to tea in India and Burma, and an onion market in Mandalay. They’ll introduce you to a Mandalay man with his chicken; and they’ll feed you momos in Darjeeling, a fish along the Mekong, and a glass of pomegranate juice in Kolkata. In addition, Jenny is offering six half-pint jars of her homemade Meyer lemon marmalade. No artificial sweeteners; only sugar, pectin and lemons straight from her backyard tree. (That package of Christmas lemons? Yep, the same bountiful tree will produce the lemons for your marmalade.)

See the bottom of this post for a glimpse of the photos on offer. If you’d like to bid on these items, please select prize code UW43. And follow the instructions straight from Pim:

1. Choose a bid item or bid items of your choice from our Menu for Hope main bid item list.

2. Go to the donation site at Firstgiving and make a donation.

3. Please specify which bid item you’d like in the ‘Personal Message’ section in the donation form when confirming your donation. You must write in the number of tickets per bid item, and please use the bid item code.

Each $10 you donate will give you one raffle ticket toward a bid item of your choice. For example, a donation of $50 can be 2 tickets for EU01 and 3 tickets for EU02 – 2xEU01, 3xEU02.

4. If your company matches your charity donation, please check the box and fill in the information so we could claim the corporate match.

5. Please check the box to allow us to see your email address so that we can contact you in case you win. Your email address will not be shared with anyone.

And that’s it! Check back at Chez Pim for the announcement of results on Jan. 18, 2010.

Thank you.

©2009 Jerry Redfern

Pomegranate juice, Kolkata

©2009 Jerry Redfern

Chai, Kolkata

©2009 Jerry Redfern

Momos, Darjeeling

©2009 Jerry Redfern

Red teapot, blue table, Mandalay teashop

©2009 Jerry Redfern

Onion vendor, Mandalay

©2009 Jerry Redfern

Mekong snakehead fish, Cambodia

©2009 Jerry Redfern

Young man with chicken, Mandalay

5 comments to Menu for Hope 6

  • McKenna

    Karen, I am bidding on several items, and I noticed the UW codes are not right. Your code is actually UW15–but the next item after you (which I’m also bidding on, incidentally) is UW15 as well. (UW14 is a book about Big Sur.)

    Can this be changed?

  • Thanks for pointing this out, McKenna. Yes, there was a glitch in the coding system. My new code is UW43, and I’ve changed the post above to reflect that. So… please bid on UW43. Thanks so much!

  • Jojo

    Damn Bro…you take some good photos!

  • Chicken Man!
    He’s everywhere! He’s everywhere!

  • [...] sustainable, and they do it wonderfully. You must be in Seattle to redeem the gift certificate. UW43 Photographs from Asia + Meyer Lemon Marmalade Karen Coates of Rambling Spoon has donated this package of photographs and homemade treats. [...]

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