Get involved, join the Advisory Board…

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Our Whistler Multicultural Network Advisory Board met on January 26. Plans for 2018 are off to a great start, and now is a great time to think about volunteering with the Whistler Multicultural Network and the Welcome Centre. There are lots of opportunities to get involved:

  • help others with their taxes while you learn about them yourself in the Community Volunteer Income Tax program.
  • volunteer as a cook in the multicultural community kitchen program – share your food and culture with others in the community
  • volunteer and practice your English as a Community Resource Assistant or Community Kitchen Assistant – great ways to practice your work English in a friendly place
  • help us plan and deliver the 2018 Multicultural Festival – as a performer, activity leader, as part of the cooking team, or just in general
  • join us to help out in the community for Pitch In Day
  • or just join the Advisory Board with your ideas for services and programs for newcomers and immigrants in Whistler

Read about our Advisory Board meeting and discussions in the January 2018 Minutes, and about Welcome Centre activities in our WMN Report January 2018.

Our next Advisory Board meeting is Monday February 26 at 5.30 in the Welcome Centre at the library. If you’d like to get involved in the WMN and have some ideas for projects etc., why not come and join us. Everyone and all ideas and thoughts are very welcome! Put it in your calendar now!

If you have any questions, contact us at info@welcomewhistler.com

OKONOMIYAKI (Savory Japanese pancakes)

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We invited Rumi from Japan to teach us how to prepare Okonomiyaki at one of our Multicultural Community Kitchens. This dish is sometimes called Japanese pizza or Japanese pancakes. You can prepare your filling and toppings however you like it. This is also why it is translated from Japanese as “Grill as you like it”. Okonomi stands for “as you like” and yaki for “grill”.

Ingredients for 2 people: (2 different kinds – pork and seafood)

 

1 cup flour

15g cornstarch
1g salt
1g sugar
5g fish stock powder
¾ cup water
75g sliced lean pork

75g seafood (shrimp, octopus, squid)
¼ cabbage
10g green onion
2 eggs

Okonomi sauce

Japanese mayo

dried bonito flakes

 

Pork Okonomiyaki

  1. Chop the cabbage and onions (small)
  2. Put flour, water, cornstarch, salt, sugar, fish stock powder and eggs into a mixing bowl and mix well
  3. Add cabbage and onions
  4. Mix softly
  5. Medium heat frying pan – add vegetable oil –put in one layer of pork and add one scoop of mixture to cover the pork
  6. After 2- 3 minutes at medium heat turn over, then cover pan and cook for 4-5 minutes
  7. Top with dried bonito flakes, Okonomi sauce and Japanese mayo

Seafood Okonomiyaki

  1. Chop the cabbage
  2. Put into the mixing bowl
  3. Put in the water
  4. Put in the cabbage, green onions, egg.
  5.  Bake for 3 minutes at medium heat.
  6. Turn over, Lib and steam for 3 minutes
  7. Top with dried bonito flakes, Okonomi sauce and Japanese mayo

Parenting Across Cultures – Workshop

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In December 2017, the first Parenting Across Cultures program ended. We asked the participants for suggestions on how we can develop the program for the future. One participant suggested to offer a workshop to help parents with financial planning and finding out about benefits and credits they are eligible for.

The Whistler Welcome Centre is happy to announce we will be offering this workshop on Wednesday, February 21st, 10.30-11.30 in the Community Room at the Library.

We have invited bookkeeper Mika Matsudate, an experienced speaker on this topic, to facilitate the workshop. Come and join us to find out more about tax tips for parents, to learn how you can maximize your finances to plan for your children’s futures, from a knowledgeable source.

This is a free workshop, babies and small children are welcome (we will set up toys!) and refreshments will be provided.

PAC Workshop

February Calendar

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Join our Advisory Board….

On January 29, the WMN advisory board will have their first meeting of 2018. There’s lots to talk about…. and we want to hear what you have to say…

  • What programs do we need?
  • What workshops are you interested in?
  • What should we be doing at the Festival this year?
  • Would you like to volunteer to help other immigrants?
  • How do we grow the WMN, and let people know about us even more?

These are just some of the things on the agenda, so if you’d like to hear about them and give us your ideas, please come along. And if you just want to find out more about what we’ve been doing and what’s being planned, then we’d love to see you there..

Date: Monday, 29 January, 2018

Time: 5:30pm to 7pm

Place: Welcome Centre at the Whistler Public Library

If you’d like to know more, or have any questions

Child Care Emergency First Aid Course

Whistler Welcome Centre is organizing a special Child Care Emergency First Aid Course for ESL speakers delivered by Tony Howarth, First Aid & CPR instructor.

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn how to take care of your baby or get some general information on how to provide first aid when needed.

When: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 9-5pm

Where: Spring Creek (1519 Spring Creek Drive, SSCS space)

Cost: $45 (incl. tax).

Includes: Certificate valid for 3 years

For registration please fill the registration form below. Deadline: January 24, 2018

Registration form – First Aid

Sponsored by RMOW

January Calendar

There is a lot to do during January, so check out our January Calendar and join some of our activities 
This Friday Drop-in you can create a Vision Board 2018, on which you display images that represent whatever you want to be, do or have in 2018.

Christmas season in Whistler

We are not here during the Christmas season, but there is still lots to do in Whistler.
Check out this website for more information: https://www.whistler.ca/events

Merry Christmas to you all!

“PICANTE DE POLLO” (Bolivian Spicy Chicken)

At our November Multicultural Community Kitchen, Carla taught us how to prepare Picante de Pollo – the national dish of Bolivia. This chicken dish with green peas, onions and peppers, is eaten with rice and chuño; freeze-dried potatoes traditionally made in Bolivia and Peru. This pot dish is also healthy and quick to prepare.

Serve the chicken with some chilli sauce on top, adding chuño and rice. Eat with a tomato and onion salad.

INGREDIENTS (for 8 portions)

  • 1 chicken
  • 250 grams of green peas (fresh, peeled or frozen)
  • 8 dehydrated cayenne peppers
  • 2 onions
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • half a head of celery
  • 2 tbsp salt

INSTRUCTIONS

First, cut the chicken into large portions and place in a cooking pot. Add a little salt, 1 whole onion (you can halve it), celery, 1 whole clove of garlic and enough water to cover the chicken. Boil for 20 minutes until the chicken is soft. Stir occasionally. When the chicken is ready, take it out of the water and leave it aside. Do not throw out the water where the chicken was cooked as you will use that for preparing your rice.

Lightly boil the peas and drain.

Then, we need to get ready the spicy sauce for the chicken. (It is really easy and simple to make. I recommend having it ready in advance, so it saves you some time since you can freeze this spicy sauce.)

Cut the heads of the dry red cayenne peppers, remove the stems and seeds. (Red peppers can be very spicy so we need to take the seeds out and leave them very clean.) Put them into hot water for about 10 – 15 minutes. When you see the skins of the peppers start getting loose, you know they are ready.

Drain, and put them in the blender with two cups of water (you can use the water the chicken was cooked in) for about 2 minutes until it is very smooth. Set this sauce aside.

Meanwhile, chop 1 onion really small and put it in a large pot with 2 tbsp of salt and 2 tbsp of oil. Fry the onion for about 5 min until the onion crystalizes.

Once that is dry, add the blended spicy cayenne peppers sauce with the chicken. Let it cook for about 15 mins on a low heat until the chicken is tender, stirring from time to time so it doesn’t get burned on the bottom.

It is very important that the sauce doesn’t dry too much and the chicken is not too overcooked. The sauce is thick enough, and the onions are well cooked if you can barely see them in the sauce.

Sprinkle the green peas over the chicken sauce when serving.

Cooking the Rice

  • 4 cups of rice
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tbsp of oil
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 tbsp salt

Fry the rice in 2 tablespoons of oil, add salt, and diced garlic, stirring continuously for about 5 minutes. When the rice is golden brown, add enough water to cover the rice and let it boil on low heat, without stirring, until it becomes soft – about 20 minutes.

Cooking the Chuño (Freeze dried potatoes)

Chuño is really hard to find here in Canada, but as an alternative, you can use mashed potatoes. Basically, Chuño is frozen potato that has been dried in the sun. If you find chuño, it will be dry. You need to let it soak all night and next day, and then break it into pieces with your hands. Once the chuño is in small pieces, wash it one time.

  • 4 cups chuño
  • ½ cup regular milk
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 1 garlic (chopped)
  • water
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 kg shredded cheese (Mozzarella)

Boil some water, add the chuño and some salt. Cook for about 20 mins. Rinse and set aside. You will see that the colour of the chuño changes from milky white to clear and dark.

While the chuño is cooking, dice the onion and garlic. Cook the onion and garlic with the oil and salt until the onion looks wrinkly. Add the chuño and the milk. Stir for about 1 minute, and then add the shredded cheese until the cheese melts.

Serve the spicy chicken and sprinkle the green peas over it, add chuño and rice and now you are ready to serve the Bolivian spicy dish.

Last Drop-in this year

Come and join our last Friday Drop-in this year, December 22nd, 9:30-12pm.

Christmas is just around the corner, so come and enjoy the time together with your friends, hot chocolate and stories about the Christmas time.

You can bring some cookies you baked, so everyone can enjoy different kinds of Christmas cookies and of course, we all would like to have the recipe then 

Everybody is welcome!