Cooking Italy is Cooking Red to Remember

1 12 2009

Angela of Spinach Tiger is hostessing a cooking event in honor of World Aids Day. She’s calling it Cooking Red to Remember, and you can read her story here: Cooking Red to Remember.

As far as I know, I haven’t lost anyone to AIDS. As far as I know, I don’t know anyone who’s gone through the horror of this situation, with the exception of Angela. But…I was hanging around hospitals in the late 1980’s for my own reasons. While my mother’s sands of time were running out, there were many opportunities to see a number of young men whose sands were also running out, way too soon as well. The attitudes toward those young men bothered me then, and it still bothers me today. Without regard to anything else, people who are victims of AIDS are first and foremost, people. I was in a healing place, or at the very least, a place of empathy, yet even there, attitudes were sadly present.

So, for all of those who have lost battles to AIDS, and all the victims of AIDS…the patients, the family members, those who accept, and those who still deny…I cooked Red to Remember for you.  Cooking might be a stretch of the literal term, but we certainly have RED on the plate!   We have a melange of marinated vegetables…red peppers, red grape tomatoes, carrot slices, broccoli, green beans, cauliflower, celery and artichoke hearts served with panko crusted Swai fillets, along with a red carnation.  To help us remember. Always.

Thanks Angela…