This week I (shock horror) ate chocolate for breakfast. Why? Apparently Mahatma Gandhi used to eat it (cocoa and porridge) while he lived in London and I was curious to know what it tasted like. I’m sure you are now wondering how I knew he ate chocolate for breakfast? Thanks to lots of clever research by UK Charity Send a Cow as part of their Break.. Fast Campaign. That’s how.
By downloading their newly released recipe eBook you can now learn not only what great historical figures like Albert Einsteen, Jane Austen, Nelson Mandela and Rosa Parks ate for breakfast, you can make it for yourself and help contribute towards a worthy cause.
They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. What if Rosa Parks hadn’t had breakfast that morning when she decided to make a stand against segregation on that bus? I wonder whether whether a hearty breakfast of featherlite pancakes helped give her courage to step outside of the norm and towards a change in society. UK Charity Send a Cow have just released The Most Important Meal of their Lives Recipe eBook as part of their Break…Fast appeal allowing you to see what some of the world’s greatest achievers ate to get a best start.
Who are Send a Cow and what is the Break… Fast Campaign?
Send a Cow was started by West Country farmers 25 years ago and in that time has transformed the lives of over one million people. Send a Cow works hand-in-hand with families in Africa, teaching them the skills they need to build lives free from poverty and hunger. By providing training, livestock, seeds and support, the charity helps create stronger communities for the future.
In turn, families pass on young livestock, seeds or training to others. This ‘Pass it On’ principle builds stronger communities and means the charity is able to help even more people develop skills and confidence. 97% of families who work with Send a Cow in Uganda can provide enough food and income for their families’ needs, 77% can eat at least two meals a day every day, and three times as many children are in secondary education compared to the national average.
The Break… Fast appeal aims to raise awareness of the importance of a nutritious breakfast in helping children in the poorest parts of Africa achieve their true potential. The Appeal aims to raise £500,000, which when matched by the UK government, will help 5,400 children over the next 3 years. Last year Send a Cow helped 13,607 families (around 82,000 people) with 2,281 families ‘graduating’ and becoming completely self-sufficient.
What did the great achievers of history eat for breakfast?
With 18 recipes within The most important meal of their lives, you will learn to make for yourself for what a range of key achievers ate for breakfast including:
- Albert Einstein: Fried eggs and honey, with crisp rolls (purportedly eaten by Einstein during his time living in Caputh, Germany from 1929 – 1932)
- Rosa Parks: ‘Featherlite’ pancakes (when a cache of personal papers belonging to the great civil rights activist were auctioned, among them was an envelope with a recipe for “featherlite pancakes” written on the back)
- Mahatma Gandhi: Porridge and cocoa, goat’s milk (Gandhi spent a great deal of time experimenting with food to find the perfect diet. Famously a vegetarian, one-time fruitarian, and drinker of goat’s milk, records show that Gandhi was known to have often eaten a simple breakfast of porridge and cocoa)
- Nelson Mandela: Umphokoqo, a porridge made from maize and sour milk (according to his personal chef, Mandela always craved the flavours from his childhood, in particular this traditional African porridge recipe)
- Charles Darwin: Game or fowl and eggs (in an 1865 letter to his doctor Darwin detailed how he was following this high-protein diet alongside a “daily dose of muriatic acid with cayenne and ginger” in a bid to alleviate his litany of illnesses)
How can I help?
While the recipe book is free to download, Send a Cow have a suggested donation of £2.50 because until the 30th June 2014, the UK government will double any donations made to the Send a Cow’s Break…. Fast campaign up to a total £5 million!! All donations made will go directly towards feeding hungry children in the poorest parts of Africa. As a bit of an idea, this is how your money can help:
- £2.50 will give a child breakfast for a month (when doubled by the UK government)
- £7 will provide a family with a chicken that will produce eggs for them to eat
- £30 will support a child for an entire year (when doubled by the UK government)
- £50 will give 4 children milk for an entire year (when doubled by the UK government)
The Most Important Meals Of Their Lives eBook is available to download from www.sendacow.org.uk/mostimportantmeal