Today is World AIDS Day. This means something different for everyone, in every country. I’ve been posting Red to Remember Foods for World AIDS Day since 2009.
This is a repost!
Every few years I gather up a group of food bloggers to cook something red (perfect for holidays and winter comfort) to honor those affected by this disease. There are over 30 recipes hand picked from the best food bloggers offering their best red recipes to raise awareness.
World Aids Day 2021 Theme: End the HIV Epidemic, End Inequalities
I am one of those mourners. I tell my story here. I have a happy life, but a certain sadness never goes away. I will always remember my own personal losses, but I do sometimes forget there are others out there who have died of AIDS, or are suffering with HIV.
The theme for this year’s World’ AIDS Day is “End the HIV Epidemic, End Inequalities.” In the United States there are 1.2 million people living with HIV.
Since 1981, over 700,000 adults and children have died. 41,920 people died in 1993, including my brother, Jimmy. 33,590 died in 1992, including my cousin, Sam. In 2019, 5,000 died of HIV-related complications and that’s still way too many deaths.
I participate every December 1 to remind people that there is still a fight out there and to raise compassion for this virus. It still have a stigma and it still exists in the midst of the most recent pandemic.
AIDS can affect anyone!
There was a time before I got married that I was dating a person who I later discovered was shooting heroin. You would have never guessed that, as this was kept a secret and it was at the beginning of his addiction. I remember running to the doctor asking for an HIV test. He didn’t want to do it, said the odds were blah blah blah. I insisted and thank my lucky stars, the test came back negative.
Reality check, it could have gone the other way. If someone like me stupidly put myself at risk, it could happen to anyone. You may not need to get tested, but be sure. Left untreated, it’s a death sentence. Going into denial is a death sentence.
This is not the typical Spinach Tiger post, and that’s the point. This is not a typical problem, but it’s still a big one.
Here are some of the best red dishes from the best food bloggers. It might seem odd to you to present food amidst such a serious topic, but I’m a food blogger and it’s one of the tools I have to keep this topic at the forefront, because we still need a cure.
Here are a few red cocktails, appetizer, healthy meals, and yummy desserts, because we want to celebrate life.
This holiday season, be sure to eat and drink with friends, with people you love, face to face, not on a screen.
Red to Remember
If you choose to make one of these dishes, serve it to someone you love, and remember those who are fighting this virus and pray for this virus to be eradicated.
Celebrate Life with Cocktails
Pomegranate Martini from Recipes from a Pantry
Easy Mulled Wine from Yummy Mummy Kitchen
Cranberry Shrub Cocktail from Good Life Eats
Cranberry Fool with Grand Marnier from Pastry Chef Online
Cinnamon Apple Cranberry Mimosa from More Less Cooking
Paleo Hibiscus Tea with Strawberries from Tessadometica.com
Festive Vodka Cocktail from Spinach Tiger
Celebrate Life with Healthy Salads and Dips
Creamy Beet Hummus from Little Sunny Kitchen
Festive Holiday Salad from Delicious Table
Raw Beet Quinoa Salad from Caroline’s Cooking
Greek Pico De Gallo from Good Life Eats
Red Beet Pesto from Spinach Tiger
Celebrate Life with Delicious Robust Red Dishes
Kokonito: Beef Stew in Tomato Sauce from Supergolden Bakes
Homemade Tomato Sauce from Vivalinka
Red Flannel Hash with Oven Baked Eggs from Spinach Tiger
Instant Pot Red Curry Chicken for Paint the Kitchen Red
Easy Stuffed Pepper Soup from Salt and Lavender
Baked Chicken with Chorizo and Tomatoes from Meet Helen
Roasted Red Pepper and White Bean Stew from Life Currents
Authentic Bolognese from Spinach Tiger
My Grandmother’s Homemade Tomato Sauce from Spinach Tiger
Manicotti Made Easy from Spinach Tiger
Celebrate Life with Delicious Desserts
Creamy Strawberry Semifreddo from An Italian in My Kitchen
Gluten Free Cherry Pinwheel Cookies from What the Fork
Meringue Hearts with Raspberries from What a Girl Eats
Gingerbread Cut Out Cookies with Fresh Ginger from Dessert for Two
Strawberry Popsicles with Mint and Lime from a Virtual Vegan
Strawberry Velvet Cake from Kopaste
Red Velvet Cake Roll from Platter Talk
Italian Jam Tart from She Loves Biscotti
Gluten Free Strawberry Tart from Spinach Tiger
Stuffed Shells from Spinach Tiger