Tuesday, July 19, 2011

67 Minutes for Mandela

- the Mandela Day campaign is calling on people around the world to commit 67 minutes of their time "to make an imprint and help change the world around them" -
In honour of Nelson Mandela's 91st birthday, which was celebrated on 18 July, we set about chopping, dicing, peeling and shredding mounds of vegetables at Mandela Rhodes Place on Sunday. The effort would see scores of potatoes, tomatos, carrots, cauliflower and corn thrown into ten-litre stainless steel cooking pots and slowly brewed into a simmering soup, which would later be distributed at homeless shelters all over the Western Cape.

I gave up on the first potato, knowing it'd take me a full hour and seven minutes to peel just one, and went on to shredding thyme and rosemary sprigs at lightning speed. Clyde took over on the peeling part, managing to rip those spud-skins right off with his bare canines (see above). How's that for 67 minutes well-spent?

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