The Art of Catering

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February 2016 - Vol 7, Issue 2           
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Another Raving Fan
Chef Selwyn's Cooking Tip

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February! What an awesome month.  Yes, I am a little biased since it's my birth month - cold but our hearts are warm.
This February has been historic for the City of Toronto with an amazing NBA All Star weekend that was successful by all accounts. On Tuesday, February 16, Premier Kathleen Wynne proclaimed February to be Black History Month in Ontario, and the creation of an Anti-Racism Ministry headed by the Hon Michael Coteau. Dr. Akua Benjamin also hosted a three day conference on anti-racism along with honoring some of our past activists like Charles Roach and Dudley Laws at Ryerson University. It is also now legal to buy wine in some Ontario grocery stores, which has the Winery & Grower Alliance of Ontario (WGAO) singing its praises.

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With the Hon Jean Augustine receiving our awards
The Ontario Black History Society (OBHS) kicked off Black History Month with their annual brunch at Toronto Metro Convention Centre. I was humbled and honored to be among some of our community trail blazers; the likes of the Hon Jean Augustine, Senator Anne Cools and Charmaine Crooks to name a few, recognized for our work in the community.

My good friend Dr. Alvin Curling said to me, "the history we write today will be the legacy of tomorrow." We all continue to struggle with some issue or another and there are days when we often question our resolve. My brother Travis reminded me that the only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time. Always remember that we're never alone and the freedom that we enjoy and take for granted is not free.  Had it not been for some of our forefathers and mothers that sacrificed so much without any recognition, where would we be?! I salute you, thanking you for continuing to change our world for the better, one day at a time.

I hope you have a chance to attend or participate in some of the great events in and around the city.  We continue to be grateful for and proud of the opportunity to showcase our craft on these special platforms.

2 Corinthians 2:14 -
"Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place."

Stay Blessed,


Chef Selwyn
President & Executive Chef
The Art of Catering Inc.

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Another Mouth Watering Recipe
Sweetie Pie Potatoes

1 (17 ounce) can sweet potatoes or 3-4 fresh cooked sweet potatoes, sliced
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter

sweet potato dish

1. Drain sweet potatoes (if using canned) OR if using fresh sweet potatoes:
-cover with water in a large saucepan
-bring to a boil, cover and cook until tender
-cool slightly, peel and cut into chunks
2. Arrange in greased shallow baking dish.
3. In small saucepan, combine honey, brown sugar, and butter.
4. Bring to a boil.
5. Pour over sweet potatoes.
6. Bake at 375 degrees F for 30 minutes.


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How To Meal Plan - Tips And Ideas 

Whether you're looking to save money or prepare meals quickly, you often see suggestions for planning your meals. If you're unfamiliar with meal planning then this can be frustrating and confusing advice. Here's how to meal plan.

THE ART OF COOKING - Soul Of The Caribbean #1 Use your resources - If you have cookbooks on hand, then great. The next thing you can do to plan your meals for the week is open up your cookbooks and look for recipes with food you have in the fridge or cupboards or the sale items for the week at your local supermarket. If you don't have cookbooks then simply visit an online cooking site.  Or check out our newsletter archives and peruse the back issues for many free mouth-watering recipes.

#2 Plan your meals - You now have both sale items and recipes at your fingertips, which means you're ready to plan. Sit down and look at the five to seven nights you have to work with. Consider meals that can be made ahead of time and frozen.

Consider meals that generate leftovers so you don't have to cook every night. Also look to make sure you're providing a well-rounded meal. For example, hamburgers alone aren't a healthy meal. IF you add cole slaw and Sweetie Pie Potatoes then you're providing more nutrients. And if cabbage and sweet potatoes are on sale then you're really doing well!

woman-grocery-shopping.jpg #3 Make a list and go shopping - Make a list of the ingredients you need for the entire week's worth of food. Don't forget to check your staples like bread, milk and eggs. Make sure you shop from your list. If you deviate from the list, make sure you have a logical reason for the addition. A list helps you stay organized. It also helps you stay on budget.

Meal planning isn't difficult. However, it does require a system. You need to be both organized and a bit patient. Sometimes the sale items just don't mesh with the recipes you have in mind. Or your week is really busy. Pasta, burgers and even breakfast for dinner are options for those busy nights. Get creative and have fun. Meal planning really can alleviate much of the stress of busy families and meal time.

Another Raving Fan

Chef Selwyn's Cooking Tip
Dry Your Potatoes

cooking potatoes
Dry your potatoes before mashing by returning them to the pan after draining. Cover. Let them sit on turned-off burner for 5 minutes.