I received a promotional item from World Vision for this post. All opinions are my own.
I have just recently learned of a new revolution taking place.
I think it’s a wonderful revolution and I have every intention of joining it.
It’s called Giving Tuesday and it’s taking place on 12/3 after the gluttony and excesses of Black Friday and Cyber Monday we as consumers are being called upon to make meaningful, life changing purchases to help people truly in need. These can be for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, or of the tornadoes that just recently hit in the midwest or for peoples who suffer in their lives without a natural disaster taking everything they own.
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How can you do this? The World Vision Gift Catalog is one way you can find a way do it. You can gift animals to people to help sustain them. Of course my favorite is a goat – yes, you can gift a goat to a family.
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As I well know a dairy goat can provide milk which can turn into cheese and as the herd grows there are enough animals to provide meat as well. Think of the joy you can have as a family by coming together, saving the money and giving a goat or some other type of farm animal to help keep a starving family alive.
In addition to gifting animals you can also gift vaccinations, wheelchairs, well baby kits and so much more. If you have a group of people in an office instead of a Secret Santa you could all chip in and provide for the less fortunate and then trade cookies or some other homemade treat. Think of the good that would do.
You can also get some holiday shopping done while passing on a donation – there is a section full of handcrafted gifts like this Cinnamon Box that I was sent. Part of the cost covers the item and the balance is a tax deductible donation.
The box is hand carved and full of fragrant Vietnamese cinnamon. It has a slightly different taste from the cinnamon I get at the store. It was stronger and had a stronger aroma. Mmmmm. I thought I would try it in a simple grilled venison recipe.
Cinnamon Scented Grilled Venison
4 Venison backstrap steaks
2 tsp cinnamon
salt and pepper
cooked Jasmine rice
tomato and raisin salad
Season the steaks on both sides with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the cinnamon evenly over both sides of the venison. Let sit for about 5 minutes while the grill or grill pan heats.
While the steaks are resting and the grill pan is heating make a simple tomato and raisin salad: cut two tomatoes into bite sized chunks, add 1/4 cup of raisins. Mix together 2 tsp rice wine vinegar with 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil and salt to taste. Add the dressing to the tomatoes and raisins. Set aside.
When the grill pan is hot add the steaks and grill on each side for two minutes. (We like our steaks on the rare side so if you prefer yours cooked more…..) Let the venison rest for 5 minutes before serving.
Serve with cooked Jasmine rice and the tomato and raisin salad.
The steak was delicious! The cinnamon added a lovely flavor to the grilled meat. Slightly sweet and yet there was a bit of a bite too. The tomato and raisin salad was a perfect accompaniment. This was a simple meal but very good.
I’ll be using the cinnamon in something baked next!
One lucky US reader will win the same Cinnamon Box with cinnamon that I received thanks to World Vision. How do you win? It’s easy! Just hop on the Rafflecopter. Good luck everyone.
Disclosure: I received a promotional item from World Vision for this post. All opinions are my own.