It was a glorious day at the 5th annual Joy of Feeding event that I attended on Saturday June 25 at UBC Farm. Enjoyed the extravaganza that featured 15 multi-cultural home cooks serving up their recipe of choice to the sold out crowd of people in attendance.
I loved the Goat Curry with rice by Dharini Thiruchittampalam and her 12 year old son Anik Nielsen (Sri Lanka); as well as the Arancini (risotto balls) by Maria and Lina Restivo (Italy); and Yasil Zaytin Salatasi (Green olive salad) by Oguz Istif (Turkey).
I also loved the Japchae (glass noodle stir fry) by Chang Yi (South Korea); as well as the Fried fish with blueberries by Tiffany Moses (Dene Nation, Deh Cho Region, NW Territories); along with the Pork Empanadas by Belinda and Fernando Medrano (Phillipines); the Fassolia (vegetable stew) by Aklilu Mulat and Hanna Mulatu (Ethiopia) and the Mahahi (stuffed eggplant) by Ahmed Babgat and Mona Eldahan (Egypt).
The desserts were all delicious, my favourites were Grandma Grant’s Sour Cream Chocolate Cake made by David Grant & Clara Westwell-Roper (Vancouver); and the 12 layer dulce de leche cake with Pisco in each layer made by father and son Jeremy & Javier Campos (Chile); followed by the Bannock by Kathleen Negraeff (Fort Williams, First Nations).
There were a couple of bands performing for guests enjoyment as they tasted all the delicious food and drink. Guests also received a cookbook upon entry that featured recipes of the dishes from all of the 15 cooks. UBC Food Services and Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts students assisted with the cooking of the incredible dishes; and Terra Breads assisted with the baking of the desserts, guided by these home cooks.
It was another foodie extravaganza and it was wonderful, organizers behind this ever successful event were Meeru Dhalwala, and Mary Mackay along with an amazing duo. Proceeds of the event were going to support UBC Farm.
By: Richard Wolak