I receive a lot of press releases and try to only pass on the food or kitchen-related ones that I think would be of interest to my readers (and myself). The other day though, I received a release letting me know that NIVEA Canada has partnered with Plan Canada to fund an education project in Senegal. I'm all for education, and I was really impressed with their initiative, but how could I tie it in to a food blog?
Ashamedly, before that day I couldn't point out where Senegal was on a map (though do I get points for knowing it was in Africa), let alone know it's cuisine. Thanks to my friends Wikipedia and Google, I now can locate it, I know that it's cuisine is influenced by the French & Portuguese and that one of it's main crops is peanuts (but sadly not much else, I am a work-in-progress).
May I present the Cinq Centime (or the easiest cookie you will ever make!)...
Cinq Centimes (Five-Cent Cookies) are simply described as store-bought sugar cookies, spread with peanut butter and then dipped in chopped peanuts. I found some refrigerated 'drop and bake' cookies at the market and used those. These were delicious! What an easy way to dress up a store-bought cookie. Who knew? Yep, that's the whole recipe... I will be making these again and again.
Now that my food-related tie-in requirement has been satisfied, here is more on the new NIVEA Canada and Plan Canada Senegal Project.
Half of all the children in the world don’t have access to essential services like education, basic healthcare and clean water. According to UNICEF, in Senegal alone, three out of five kids don’t have access to education. This is why NIVEA Canada has partnered with Plan Canada – under the motto ‘We Care & Connect’ – to fund an education project in Senegal. With the shared goal of improving educational facilities by constructing, rehabilitating and equipping classrooms, and providing more qualified teachers and materials, NIVEA Canada and Plan Canada are working together to help break the cycle of poverty.
For more information, please visit the ‘NIVEA & Plan Canada’ tab on NIVEA Canada’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/NIVEACanada
Enjoy! Or as they would say in Senegal, bon appetit!