Advent Potluck & Church Dinners


Church meals are of great interest to me. I think they are one of the most important activities a church community can engage in. I’m fortunate that I’m part of two groups that regularly feature a meal as part of their gathering time. As well, St. Philip’s. where I’m incumbent has weekly coffee time along with BBQs and occasional other dinners.

One of those dinners is our annual Advent Potluck which we hold each year on the Third Sunday of Advent. This year the potluck occurred the Sunday after I was scheduled to make supper for the Saint Magaret’s Saturday evening service. Then, the four o’clock “Kid’s Church” that meets at St. Philip’s was having a service followed by the usual soup and bread supper.

Advent weekend breakfast

French Toast with grilled pears, blackberries, caramel sauce, and creme fraiche, from Little Goat Food & Drink

Needless to say, such a weekend requires a great deal of fortitude, both to cook and to eat. So, I figured that I needed to start my Saturday off with a bit of stretching. Stomach stretching that is. I figured a good, solid breakfast would ensure that I would be prepared to consume large amounts of food throughout the weekend.

Fortunately, Little Goat Food & Drink has recently opened. Continue reading

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Scout – Kid-Friendly Coffee Space


Coffee shops are great gathering places. They’re great for getting together for planning meetings, for small group idea sharing, or just for having some time to spent with a good friend or two. Unfortunately, most of them aren’t designed with children in mind. Scout Coffee + Tea on Portage Avenue has just changed all that.

Scout Coffee trailer.

A child’s camp trailer play structure is only one of many child friendly elements incorporated into the design of Scout Coffee.

Now, let me start of by saying, that in my experience, places such as Fools and Horses, Thom Bargen, Parlour, Strong Badger, and others are very open and welcoming of children. However, despite this openness and the friendliness of the staff, none of these places are particularly physically designed to allow for parents to visit with each other while their children are engaged in other activities. More often than not parental visits will be interrupted more than once or twice. Enter Scout Coffee + Tea.

Owner Katrina Tessier, is a Winnipegger who spent four years living out in Victoria, B.C. While there she became a mother, and during her parental leave spent a good deal of time in a coffee shop that featured a section dedicated to children. Continue reading

Cookie Making Adventures(misadventures)


Aside from a garden out back, one of the things I looked forward to when I moved into the house I am now living in, was the prospect of a full-sized stove and oven in which to do more cooking and baking. Moving in during the heat of summer meant that I didn’t get into the habit right away, so it’s only recently that I’ve started to make more of a conscious effort in this area.

One other thing that comes with moving is that you find you lose things. One of the things I’ve lost is a cookbook put out by a Presbyterian church in Ontario about 50 years ago. That cook book contained the recipe for Ginger snaps that I have always used. This was a no fail recipe. Not having that recipe I decided to search the web for a recipe and ended up with the recipe listed below.

Ginger cookies dry ingredients

All the dry ingredients, mixed together with a fork.

The recipe is called Grandma’s Gingersnaps and can be found at AllRecipes, submitted to the site by RAMB.

Ingredients

30 m36 servings100 cals

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Carrot Cake with German Chocolate Icing


Last night the Saint Margaret’s Saturday Evening service said goodbye to the Petkau’s, who have been part of the Saturday service off and on for several years. Josh Petkau is headed out to the Diocese of Quebec where he will continue to pursue ordination to the priesthood. Josh has been part of the planning group over the last year or so, and Bethany his wife, has often provided musical assistance. There children Solomon and Rose have also made their presence known Saturday evenings, with Solomon recently contributing musically as well.

Carrot Cake

The finished product. A little out of focus, but a delicious Carrot Cake, nonetheless.

All four of them are people I’m going to really miss. They live not far from me, and we’ve walked home together on many occasions. Last night we held a barbecue to say farewell. A couple of weeks previously Bethany had mentioned that she really liked Carrot Cake, but not with Cream Cheese icing, but rather with the German Chocolate Icing. you would normally use for a German Chocolate Cake. So, I rashly said I would make one for the barbecue. It turned out it was fairly easy to do.

Carrot Cake

Being a modern kind of baker I went to the internet to find a suitable Carrot Cake recipe. I found what looked to be a good one at Happy Hooligans. Continue reading

Whole Hog Holiday Fare


Last week I received a Christmas gift basket from Danny Kleinsasser of Danny’s Whole Hog. This was set up by the efforts of Shel Zolkewich and thanks to both Danny and Shel for making this happen.

Of course, gift baskets are best for sharing, and since I knew when I would be receiving mine I volunteered to do meal prep for after our Saturday Evening Prayer service at St. Margaret’s.

Whole Hog gift basket.

Gift basket from Danny’s Whole Hog. For some strange reason, the chocolate didn’t make it all the way to Saturday.

The community that gathers at St. Margaret’s on Saturday evenings is a smallish group. We meet and celebrate the liturgy together, and then continue the celebration with a meal afterwards. The meals are generally simple fare with one member or family taking responsibility each week.¬† Continue reading