Now, we all have been moved by the terrible disaster that has struck one of the poorest communities on this planet - here's your chance to make a difference, but take home a unique food-related gift at the same time!
Yours truly has donated a prize that is now up for grabs via online raffle, amongst many other glorious items. I am donating my all-time favourite cookbook from my all-time favourite restaurant here in London, Petersham Nurseries Skye Gyngell's "A year in my kitchen", signed by the author for this very special occasion.
Some time this week, I am aiming to publish an article on the wonderful place that is Petersham Nurseries, probably one of London's best-kept secrets and mekka to all gourmets who value the quality of ingredients and the simplicity of unadulterated flavours over plush carpets and waiters who appear to have swallowed a broom-stick.
Captivating chef and local foods advocate Skye Gyngell is head chef at Petersham Nurseries' award-winning London restaurant. Her beautiful cookbook, A Year in My Kitchen, is as inspiring as its author. Interweaving personal narrative and 100 seasonal recipes, the book reveals how to make food sing. "There is a wonderful sense of anticipation, as well as a comforting familiarity, if you cook with the seasons," she writes in the book, which won the Guild of Food Writers Award for Best Cookery Book in the UK in 1997.
Gyngell’s main strength lies in using best-quality ingredients to create simple dishes that burst with flavours – she mainly cooks with produce from her own garden. This is not fussy, Michelin-starred cuisine, but easy cooking in which Skye Gyngell marries her native Australian fusion cuisine with experiences gained while training in France and working as a private chef to many celebrities, including Madonna and the Saatchi family. The cookbook you are bidding for will be signed by Skye Gyngell personally for the occasion of Disaster Relief in Haiti. PRIZE CODE: HFH31
Please buy your raffle ticket today to win one of the many unique and amazing prizes... and make a change for the better in poverty-stricken Haiti.About the campaign:
H2Ope for Haiti is an online raffle that Cook Sister! has launched today together with BloggerAid - Changing the Face of Famine (BA-CFF) to raise funds for Concern Worldwide's relief effort in Haiti. They've selected Concern Worldwide because of its long track record and quick response after the quake to provide clean drinking water and water purification tablets. This non-governmental international humanitarian organisation founded in 1968 works around the world to reduce suffering and work towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world's poorest countries. Concern International has been working in Haiti since 1994 and had over 100 staff members on the ground when the earthquake struck. Despite losing several team members in the tragedy, they have been quick to act with distribution of supplies.
Concern Worldwide estimates that its initial response to the emergency will last at least six months. The money raised by this raffle will be paid directly into Concern Worldwide's account by Justgiving and will be used exclusively for the Haiti relief effort.
On Cook Sister! you will find the list of all the wonderful prizes from our generous donors - from personally autographed cookbooks to parcels of French baking goodies to original art - there is something for everyone. Unless stated otherwise, all prizes are available for worldwide shipping and tickets cost £6.50 (roughly $10) each. Once you have chosen the prize or prizes you want to buy tickets for, take a note of their prize codes (very important!) and click through to our Justgiving donations page where you will find complete instructions on how to buy your tickets and specify your chosen prizes. Please read and follow the instructions carefully and e-mail my friend Jeanne (emailcooksister AT googlemail DOT com) if you have any questions.
You have until midnight on Sunday 28 February - happy bidding!