This month, we come to you with a slightly different topic than our usual Ethiopian food and spices theme. We start with the special month of March commemorating the 119th year anniversary of the Battle of Adwa, where Ethiopians defeated the Italian colonial Army. The 1896 victory of Emperor’s Minilik’s mighty army over the sophisticated Italian army gives a sense of pride not only to Ethiopians but to other African nations. This defeat came at a time when almost all of Africa was colonized by European powers and the triumph became symbolic of African bravery and resistance. We celebrate this month with the high note of gratification and unity.
On another note, we bring to you a noble cause that we know for sure our Brundo customers will appreciate and get involved in. In our long commitment of community service, Brundo, along with our sister store Café Colucci, is proud to partner with Seed of Health, a non profit organization that is currently working on opening the first ophthalmology clinic in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia. According to the 2006 National Survey on Blindness, Ethiopia has one of the world’s highest rates of blindness and low vision. Many people are afflicted with some sort of eye related disease that robs them of the sight that you and I take for granted. 80% of these cases are preventable and together we can protect the sight of many Bahir-Dar residents living with bacterial eye infection. Join us for a day of Growth on Saturday May 2nd, 2015 from 12pm to 5pm at the American Steel Studios gallery 1960 Mandela Parkway, Oakland, CA. Combine a day of fun, with some delicious Ethiopian food, all for a noble cause. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Seed of Health website http://www.seedofhealth.org or at the door the day of the event. 100% of the funds raised will go towards Seed of Health’s ophthalmology clinic to Bahir Dar. Thank you in advance for your support, together we can make a difference!
Since we are on the topic of sight, this month we will feature the spice Turmeric:
Turmeric is an excellent source of Vitamins A, C and E. It has eye health antioxidants and cholesterol reducing properties. Ethiopian Turmeric (or called Erd) has a golden color and aroma which enriches Ethiopian culinary recipes such as Alicha dishes and other mild stews and dishes.
Recipe for Atakilt (Ethiopian Cabbage dish with potatoes and carrots) – Serves 3
3 Cups chopped cabbage; 1 Onion chopped; 1 Tsp chopped ginger; 2 Garlic cloves finely chopped; 3 Carrots cut small; 1 Big potato cut in to cubes; 1/2 Tsp turmeric; Salt to taste and black pepper; 2 Tbs oil
Heat pan with oil & add chopped onions. Cook onions till they are translucent on low heat; add garlic & ginger. Add turmeric, salt and sauté onions until they are caramelized. Boil carrots separately. Add semi-cooked carrots & potatoes to pan. Close pan with lid & cook on medium heat until vegetables have softened. Add cabbage to pan, close pan with lid & cook for 5 minutes & check if the cabbage is done. Once the cabbage is cooked add black pepper & give a final stir. Adjust salt if needed & switch off heat. Serve with Ethiopian Injera