Parsnips? Really? Well, yes. Although they’re not a particularly popular feature on American menus, this root vegetable that looks like a fat, white carrot is inexpensive and easy to prepare. Starchy enough to serve as a stand-in for potatoes, parsnips are also a fine ingredient for soups, salads and side dishes. Try peeling them, then roasting them with olive oil, salt and a drizzle of maple syrup.
For gardeners, the handy thing about parsnips is that you don’t have to harvest them in the fall, In fact, some people think they’re tastier the longer you leave them in the ground. Some gardeners dig them up throughout the winter as they need them. Others wait until spring, when parsnips are at their sweetest.
Curried Parsnip Soup Recipe
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 pound parsnips, peeled and cubed
- 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
- 2 teaspoons curry powder
- 3 1/4 cup boiling vegetable broth
- 1/2 cup milk
- salt and pepper to taste
- red pepper flakes or paprika for garnish
Saute the onion in a large pan over medium heat until soft, about five minutes. Add the parsnips, garlic and curry powder to the pan, and saute for a couple of minutes. Pour the vegetable broth into the pan, stir and simmer for 15 minutes, until the parsnips are soft. Remove from heat and blend with a hand mixer, immersion blender or regular blender for 30 seconds to one minute. Pour back into the large pan, then stir in milk and heat through. Season with salt and pepper, and garnish with paprika or pepper flakes.
The city of Little Rock, Ark. Photo from: city-data.com
Heifer International is pleased to welcome Kiva Microfunds to the growing list of global solution-oriented providers such as Heifer, the William J. Clinton Foundation, Winrock International, Bridge to Rwanda and others based and working here in Little Rock.
While Heifer works with partner families one to one, through investments of livestock and training that build social capital and value chain opportunities, properly managed microfinance can be a powerful of change, especially for women.
Without organizations such as Kiva, poor women, lacking collateral, would not have access to the small individual or group loans—banks would never take the risk—to use to start or improve a small business that will spark the change that, with further help, can create deep impact that fosters resilience and sustainability.
Welcome, Kiva Microfunds.
We at Heifer International are excited to invite you to join in When Cows Fly, our new online portal that allows participants, donors and others to share your stories of engagement.
The new online experience allows everyone who believes in Heifer International’s goal of ending hunger and empowering families to become part of the online community that “gives wing” to more cows, more goats and chickens and pigs. When Cows Fly provides first-person storytelling opportunities—a chance to express what it means to give or to receive. Each story can be amplified further through users’ social networks.
“When Cows Fly is an exciting way for Heifer International to connect our community of supporters,” said Cindy Jones-Nyland, Heifer International’s executive vice president of marketing and resource development. “We are inspired every day by the creative and touching ways that people spread our mission. This digital engagement effort serves as a wonderful mobilization and stewardship platform to further engage our supporters and connect our global community.”
When Cows Fly allows users to contribute their own stories or photos and explore Heifer’s work around the globe. The platform creates a culture committed to creating greater opportunities for the struggling families who need Heifer International’s help. It’s a place where all people can connect, join in and share their thoughts about and reasons for supporting founder Dan West’s outlandish dream—a dream that will end poverty and hunger forever through shared passion and commitment.
Every voice is important–from donors, volunteers, congregations and schools to project participants and partners. Each story connects one more person to the solution to the scourges of hunger, poverty and environmental degradation. Each story reminds us that we can make a difference. Be part of a great idea taking wing; visit www.heifer.org/whencowsfly.
As we near the end of winter, we may be lamenting the variety of color on our plates. Luckily, citrus fruits are still in season, and they’re not just for your sack lunch. Even better, they pack a tasty vitamin C punch while we’re still in the midst of cold and flu season. Make this fresh citrus salad with cranberries to lighten your plate in more ways than one.
Fresh citrus salad with cranberries
Serves 8. Recipe adapted from www.bhg.com
2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed
2 stalks celery, sliced thinly
1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup sugar or other natural sweetener
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
5 ounces baby arugula or other local greens
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Coarsely chop cranberries and transfer to bowl
Cut peel from oranges and section them over the bowl to catch juice
Add oranges to cranberries and stir in celery, onion, sugar, lemon juice and ginger
Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to 2 days
Toss arugula or other salad greens with mint leaves and oil. Top with citrus cranberry mixture and serve.
Serves about 8.
Do you have a citrus recipe you love? Share it in the comments section.
Heifer International is pleased to rank in the top tier—Number 20—in the second edition of the Global Journal’s Top 100 NGOs. The editors cited Heifer’s Passing on the Gift® as an important component to “ensure project sustainability, develop community and enhance self-esteem by allowing project partners to become donors.”
“We are proud to be included in the Global Journal’s list and proud of the work we do with our families everyday,” said Pierre Ferrari, president and CEO of Heifer International. “We are working with our smallholder farmers, many of them women, to move from dependence to a life of economic entrepreneurship connecting them to markets and building their social capital.”
Photo by Jake Lyell, courtesy of Heifer International.
The Global Journal reports that Heifer International has a “highly participatory model” that works with communities and has a “substantive impact on household incomes, assets and family nutrition.”
With approximately 450 NGOs reviewed, the Global Journal focused on three areas: impact, innovation and sustainability. This year, editors chose the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) as their number one choice.
The horrifying story of a young woman who died after being brutally gang raped in New Delhi is putting inequality in India in the international spotlight. The murder of 23-year-old Jyoti Singh Pandey is spawning widespread protests and a push for major change to the chauvinism and oppression Indian women face.
The need for change became even clearer this week, as political and spiritual leaders continued to openly blame women for inviting assault by being out in public after dark or wearing skirts. And on Wednesday, a lawyer for three of the five men accused of raping and torturing Jyoti Pandey said Pandey and her companion were solely responsible because they were out together after dark, but were not married. Wow.
The moral argument for addressing gender inequality in India is clear. And surprisingly, the economic argument is clear, as well. A survey of 2,500 women in several Indian cities revealed that nearly 82 percent of the women are leaving work earlier since the infamous Dec. 16 attack to avoid being away from home after sunset. The survey indicates that one in three women in Delhi reduced their work hours or quit their jobs altogether to avoid making themselves vulnerable to attacks. This drop in productivity will only add to India’s poverty.
India is one of the world’s poorest countries when measured by per-capita income, and the country’s failure to invite women into the workplace and support them there is a major factor. Only 35 percent of Indian women work. Just think of the potential forfeited when millions of women opt out of the workplace.
Image courtesy of clipart.com
As the end of the calendar year approaches, it’s time to round out your charitable contributions for the tax year, and Heifer International urges you to include the struggle against hunger and poverty in your philanthropic efforts.
You may already know the joy of including Heifer International animal gifts in your holiday giving. Heifer International uses tools like livestock to bring self-reliance to struggling families, but these projects consist of more than just an animal. Training in animal care, Earth-friendly agriculture, and gender equity all provide the foundation for lasting change.
That’s why a year-end donation to Heifer International represents a sound investment in the improvement of our world. Your gift will multiply, because every family receiving a Heifer International animal promises to Pass on the Gift of their animal’s first offspring to another family nearby.
Passing on the Gift ceremony in Bangladesh. Photo by Geoff Bugbee, courtesy of Heifer International
Heifer International’s model of creating enduring transformation in its project communities is known to be an effective solution to poverty, not just a one-time Band-Aid. Donating to Heifer International as part of your tax planning makes you a part of that solution. And Heifer is a reputable charity where your funds will be used responsibly; Charity Navigator, for example rates Heifer with three out of four stars.
Charitable donations to Heifer International are tax-deductible when you itemize deductions on your tax return, but hurry to make your contribution by December 31, 2012.
To see our full gift catalog, visit www.heifer.org/catalog.
Heifer International is delighted to welcome former heads of State and Government Members of the Club de Madrid as the organization holds its 2012 conference in downtown Little Rock from December 17-18. This year, the meeting focuses on solutions to gender inequity throughout the democratic world.
Our Heifer Village will host two sessions during the two-day conference as well as the event’s inaugural luncheon on the theme of Women in the Arts and Media, with actress Geena Davis and Saudi Arabian artist Manal Al Dawanyan.
Heifer International President and CEO Pierre Ferrari is the speaker at the official conference dinner, held at the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion on the evening of December 17. Ferrari will build the case for investment in women smallholder farmers as the key to eradicating poverty for millions of people worldwide.
Our environmentally-friendly headquarters and learning center provides a welcoming forum for political leaders, academics and business leaders. We work in more than 40 countries alongside communities to provide long-term solutions to hunger and poverty. It is in recognition of women farmers that Heifer Intentional, specifically, commits itself to increasing the visibility of small-scale women farmers by providing both the resources and opportunities for them to achieve their potential.
Photo by Cindy Jones-Nyland, courtesy of Heifer International
We understand that in order to advance the status of women globally, decision-making must be opened to women at all levels: both at the highest levels of government but also within the families and communities that are the foundations of our societies. Hunger and poverty trap women disproportionately to men, but when assistance is provided to rural women it has an outsized impact on the well-being of their families and community–truly a sound investment.
Due to the Club de Madrid gathering, Heifer Village will be closed to the general public on December 17 and 18. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Every Sunday we highlight some of the people who are funding our work creatively or helping us spread the word of our mission online. If you spot Heifer International while you’re surfing the web or know of a fun or creative fundraising effort, please share it with us here in the comments.
You’ll be impressed by 12-year-old Ryan Bell, who’s made a goal of raising $25,000 for Heifer’s Gift of Transformation. Ryan was born with Treacher Collins syndrome, a cranio-facial disorder. He sees the Gift of Transformation as a reflection of his own year of transformation, which has been full of extensive surgeries. NOTE: We are excited to share that Ryan has reached his lofty goal, but let’s see if we can help get him even further!
Ryan Bell and his sister, Meghan. Photo credit: New Haven Register
Thanks to the Congregation Shomrei Torah, who is promoting donations to Heifer this Hanukkah: “We’re really looking to help people around the world. In Hebrew we call it Tikkun Olam, which means ‘repairing the world.’”
Lucinda and Clara Becker manned a booth sponsored by Laguna Presbyterian Church to benefit Heifer International. They brought their own pet chickens to bring attention to their booth, and according to reports, it worked.
Clara and Lucinda Becker and their pet chickens. Photo Credit: Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot
Gift Guides/Gift Ideas/Charities Lists
Thank you to all who mentioned Heifer in gift guides and in their charity lists this past week. Here are some we came across:
There’s still time to give a last-minute Hanukkah gift from Heifer International.