Day 4 – Cook Up a HoHoTO Treat! – 13 Days of #HoHoTO

DAALPOCALYPSE!!!At FreshBooks, we eat just as much as anyone. More, in fact, than lots of people in Toronto get to eat.

So a couple of folks decided  to spend part of their weekend cooking up tasty “daal” — an Indian dish of spiced lentils in support of HoHoTO and called it the Daalpocalypse.

We made five pot-fulls of differently-spiced daal and brought it all in to the office on Monday for our co-workers to enjoy and asked them to make a donation to HoHoTO.

No surprise, this made us very popular with our co-workers. But honestly, daal is dead easy to make. Here’s how I do it:

Boil a cup of lentils in 3 cups of water with a teaspoon each of salt, turmeric and chilli powder for about 20 minutes

Chop up an onion and fry in a big pot with lots of oil (or ghee, if you can find it)

When the onion’s all soft and browning, add a bunch of crushed garlic and ginger, then throw in a chopped tomato.

Mix in the lentils along with a couple tablespoons of garam masala, chopped cilantro and a dash of cream (or almond milk, if you’re anti-milk).

Takes about an hour, which isn’t so much when you consider we earned

TWO HUNDRED AND SIXTY DOLLARS

at lunch today! That’s a lot of food for the Daily Bread Food Bank.

So that’s what FreshBooks was able to do on top of our corporate donation, just by making some easy food for our coworkers. What tasty treats will tempt YOUR coworkers? Post your recipes in the comments, and let’s have a cook-0ff!

Day 3 – A Little Info Goes A Long Way – 13 Days of #HoHoTO

It’s Sunday, so today’s way you can help make a difference for Daily Bread Food Bank this HoHoTO season is a little more cerebral.  While you are sipping your coffee, take a couple of minutes to read a bit more about the charity we support and the hunger issue in Toronto.

Daily Bread Food Bank

From Daily Bread’s 2011 Hunger Snapshot, a brief picture of poverty and hunger in the GTA:

  • 1,082,000 client visits from April 2010 to March 2011, 908,000 from Toronto; 174,000 from the 905
  • 46% of adults have not eaten for a day because of lack of money
  • 40% of adults go hungry at least once per week
  • 36% of food bank clients are children
  • 19% of children go hungry at least once per week

Daily Bread believes that “research is critical to creating social change to reduce poverty, here is some of the publications they’ve created to educate and engage the public and to push the government towards innovative and realistic policy solutions for hunger.”

Here is some more information to help you understand why what HoHoTO as a community does is so important: