As clean drinking water was one of the most acute needs in the aftermath of the quake, BloggerAid-Changing the Face of Famine selected Concern Worldwide because of its long track record and quick response after the quake to provide clean drinking water and water purification tablets.
From Sunday, February 21 – Sunday, February 28th, BloggerAid Changing the Face of Famine (BA-CFF) is running H2Ope for Haiti, an online raffle to raise funds for Concern Worldwide’s relief effort in Haiti. For full details and how you can help please visit our HOME page at BloggerAid Changing the Face of Famine as well as our donation page at Justgiving. A list of prizes is available on the here.
As part of the auction, I am offering a pair of hand painted Mughal miniature paintings (unframed) by artists from the princely state of Rajasthan in India.
PRIZE CODE: HFH05
The Mughal miniature paintings feature stylized imagery in rich draped figures with a blend of Indian and Persian styles, reflecting India’s rich cultural heritage. The miniatures have a lyrical quality that enamors the mind and the soul. Most of the paintings are unique compositions on innumerable themes that are characteristic only of India. The colors used in the miniatures were derived from minerals, vegetables, precious stones, indigo, conch shells, pure gold and silver. Some other themes revolve around love scenes, Mughal Royal courts and the battle fields in gold and stone colors.Mughal miniature paintings are still being created today by a small number of artists in Rajasthan concentrated mainly in Jaipur. Although many of these miniatures are skillful copies of the originals, some artists have produced modern works using classic methods to, at times, remarkable artistic effect. A miniature painting, as the name signifies, is an intricate, colorful illuminations or painting, small in size, executed meticulously with delicate brushwork. The skills needed to produce these modern versions of Mughal miniatures are still passed on from generation to generation, although many artisans also employ dozens of workers, often painting under trying working conditions, to produce remarkable works sold under the signature of their modern masters. They reflect the painstaking efforts of skill and talents exhibited by Indian artisans, and are well acclaimed worldwide.
For this post, I chose to post a recipe from a beautiful book on desserts that I received from BloggerAid to review some time back. You can read a review about INDULGE – 100 Perfect Desserts by Claire Clark here where I made an Apple and Black Grape Band Aux Fruit. To connect to the H2Ope for Haiti event, it seemed right to pick something from the same book to post today. It’s a Tropical Fruit Pavlova from Indulge by Claire Clark. This was my first time making pavlovas …
The results were absolutely delicious, and I am amazed that I have procrastinated about making them for so long. The bases were light as air, crisp from the outside, and slightly soft from within. I painted the bases with some melted chcoolate because I was filling them ahead. Make sure you fill them with cream and fruit just 30 minutes prior to serving as they could go soggy otherwise. The melted chocolate prevented mine from getting soggy. I used a mix of low fat cream and mascarpone for the filling, and it complimented the fruit beautifully. This is an awesome dessert to make, and I know it shall be a difficult choice in the future to decide where to use the whites … in macs or pavs!!