Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Christ is Risen!

Have you ever been to a funeral during the Pascha Season?  The clergy wear white and the faithful sing Christ is Risen.  It's the most honest express of hope in the resurrection there is.  I hope my funeral is following Easter. 

We are still in the Pascha Season and we still say Christ is Risen... but only for another week! 
Listen to EIKONA sing the Paschal Hymn with guests singing in various languages. 

Monday, March 30, 2015

Vegan Moussaka

Looking for a vegan meal for Saturday of Lazarus or Palm Sunday?  This is definitely "Company Worthy."   I posted a recipe for OCN of a Vegan Moussaka and it's delicious!

For more detailed info on the "Cream" Sauce...
“Cream” Sauce:
Boil 5c water in a large saucepan and remove from heat.  Stir in 3/4c instant potato flakes until dissolved and set aside.

Heat ½ c oil in medium saucepan.  Stir in ¾ c flour and cook while stirring until it turns a golden color. 

Lower heat and slowly stir in potato water, stirring constantly to avoid lumps.  Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.  


Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Inspiration and Sorrow

This little girl reminds me of what Christianity can be and what we lost when Mosul was destroyed.  All the nuances of the faith must have been absorbed into the culture.  How else can a young girl so naturally proclaim "God provides,"   with the same ease as Southern children say, "Yes, Ma'am." 

And now I can't help but think of how much more we are missing from the many hundreds of years where we were under persecution.  Signs of praise, thanksgiving, prayer... second nature to Christians who lived in Christian communities. 

But we are watered down in our Orthodox Culture.  We forget to be generous, thankful, merciful.  And worse, we live in fear and anger.  Little Myriam is my glimpse of what a true authentic Christian is.  And I am convinced that she was nurtured to be this way. 

Oh what we lost when Mosul fell.  Oh what we lost.