If you’re a reader of Dining with Donald, and not from the area, you may not know that Winnipeg gets cold. Real cold. Periodically this cold arrives for extended stays like it did from mid-December until the last couple of days, with only a minor respite in the middle.
Over the years Winnipeg developed a downtown walkway system that helps to take some of the bite out of the real cold weather. Generally I walk out of doors, but during these cold snaps I find myself taking advantage of this system on a more frequent basis.
The Tom Yum soup from Little Bangkok Thai in the Cityplace food court.
There are many restaurants along the way. Included among them are the ones in the food courts at Portage Place,Cityplace, and Winnipeg Square. Of the three, Cityplace has become my favourite food court. The main thing about Cityplace is that they seem to have the best mix of chain and local establishments. I rarely visit the chains with the exception of Za Pizza Bistro, which is a local chain.
Over the last few weeks I’ve visited two food court tenants. One is what appears to be locally owned LIttle Bangkok Thai, Continue reading →
Earlier this year I wrote about hosting the Clericus at St. Philip’s. These are all the clergy in what is called a Deanery, a grouping of parishes. This month it was once again my turn to host. As the weather is turning a little cool, I thought something warm, comforting, and satisfying should do the trick. I decided to go with a beef stew.
While I was playing host to my fellow clerics today, I was also keeping in mind that tomorrow is confirmation class here at St. Philip’s.(here’s a good, short description of confirmation) When I decided to offer the classes, I wanted to include a meal as a part of the experience. With that in mind I thought it would be best to cook enough food to get me through both meals.
I had to have a second helping of the Beef Stew. After all, you need to enjoy your own handiwork once in a while.
This week saw me sending a fair bit of time cooking in the church kitchen. Actually that should say kitchens. St. Philip’s Norwood has two. The main one is down in the lower hall, and that’s where we hosted our Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. The supper was a great success. We had people from several parishes join us and the room was filled with lively conversations and satisfied eaters. The people of the parish of St. Philip’s did a great job of keeping things rolling as the turnout was larger than expected. Thanks to everyone who helped out.
Cooking for Clericus
The second kitchen in the church is in the Memorial hall which is upstairs. This is more of an apartment sized kitchen, but you can still prepare a meal there. Two days after the pancake supper, I was hosting the Forts/Seine River Deanery Clericus. A deanery is a grouping of parishes together for the purposes of administration and sharing of resources and iinformation. The Clericus is all the priests and deacons in a deanery.
Our deanery gets together once a month, but this is not the same for all the deaneries. Each time we get together the host parish provides lunch for the group. This time I was hosting and did the cooking. I enjoy this, because being single, I’m not often cooking for others. Besides, it gave me a chance to use up some pancake supper leftovers. I grabbed some vegetables and created a crustless quiche. Continue reading →