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Water. It is essential to everyday life. Can you imagine not being able to turn on your faucet and have a glass of water? Or how about not being able to boil a pot of water to make pasta? There are 840 million people in our world that this is a reality. Crazy right? 4,000 children a day die from unsafe drinking water. 4,000! It’s pretty wild that in today’s world there are people who dont wake up to a shower, cant brush their teeth, bathe their children, feed their families. That is why today I am dedicating my blog post to the water crisis plaguing our world.
Along with being a total foodie and blogger, I am a Water Collective advocate. Water Collective is an organization dreamt up by my brother, Joshua and his friend Sophia. It is community development program that provides clean water solutions and income generating opportunities to communities in need by partnering with like minded organizations. Water is the source of life and economic growth and the Water Collective projects will provide clean water solutions as well as tools, support and education to have an everlasting effect. Water Collective isn’t just about raising money. They strive to make life long impact to the communities they work with.
Water Collective is in the stages of raising money for their first big project in two Ugandan cities where they will drill wells and bring fresh and clean drinking water to thousands of people. And, in honor of this I am hoping to spread the word and raise some money for the cause by making chapati and Water Collective is donating something awesome for me to give away to you wonderful readers!
Here is my call to action video!
Chapati is an unleavened flatbread that is found all over Africa as well as India. My brother told me it was his favorite thing he ate while doing volunteer work in Uganda and being that water is the main ingredient next to flour, I thought it appropriate.
Here are a few photos of my brother learning to make chapati.
Chapati is super easy to make and tastes awesome. It can be rolled with other ingredients (Joshua said he loved making lentil burritos with them!) or they can be eaten as a side dish (which would be perfect with stews or curries). I made a basic chapati bread, one rolled with a fried egg and shredded cabbage (a big breakfast item in Uganda) and lastly put a little Israeli twist on it by sprinkling to top with za’atar.
2 cups whole wheat flour (you can use all purpose flour)
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups water
egg and shredded cabbage (optional)
Mix flour and salt in a large mixing bowl.
Slowly, mix in water to make a thick dough.
On a floured work surface, kneed dough for a few minutes adding a flour if dough becomes too sticky.
Return dough to mixing bowl and cover bowl of dough with a clean cloth and let sit for about 30 minutes.
Lightly grease a skillet or fry pan and heat over medium heat.
Divided the dough into golf sized balls.
Using a rolling pin, on a floured board roll balls of dough into thin disks.
Fry until each side has golden-brown spots, flipping once.
(sprinkle tops with za’atar if desired or roll with a fried egg and shredded cabbage.)
Now, before I get to this amazing giveaway, I want to reach out to the blogging community and ask you all to take a stand against the water crisis and become part of this amazing Call To Action campaign. Because lets face it, we wouldn’t all be able to enjoy cooking and food and blogging as much as we all do without clean water right? All it takes to make a difference is for everyday people like you and me to get involved. By taking a few minutes out of your day to post on facebook or twitter or talk to your friends, you can help spread awareness about the water crisis plaguing our world. And, if you want to start making a direct difference right away, donate to my campaign page. 100% of donations go straight to the Uganda project and are tax deductible!! $5, $50, even $500, every bit matters to those in need. You can read more about Water Collective on their website.
In honor of this post Water Collective wants to give one of you lucky readers a copy of The Soul of a New Cuisine: A Discovery of the foods and Flavors of Africa by Marcus Samuelsson.
You may know Marcus as a well known chef from the NYC restaurant, Aquavit. In The Soul of a New Cuisine: A Discovery of the foods and Flavors of Africa Samuelsson channels his African roots with stunning photography, National Geographic worthy articles and mouth watering recipes that will allow you to branch out and try some new and delicious dishes that are sure to impress anyone. Trust me, you want this book in your collection.
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