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. 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Lady Lent Is Back!

Yes!  It's that time again!  Time to rededicate our lives to Christ and commit ourselves to the spiritual struggles and cares that will prepare us for the Kingdom of Heaven.  It's time for Great and Holy Lent to begin. 
Here is a picture of Lady Lent, Kyria Sarakosti.  She has a foot for every week of lent.  A countdown calendar from long ago.  Print this image or draw your own and cross or cut off her feet as the weeks pass.   I personally don't care for the image of chopping off her feet, poor thing.  :) 

We pray you have a successful Lenten Journey this year.  May our Lord give you the strength you need to endure and complete the fast triumphant.

go to the Tab at the top of this page for fasting recipes.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A Treat for Cheesefare, Brie in a pastry

We found a great way to celebrate Cheesefare Sunday. 
Heat oven to 350.

You need

Slice off the top of the brie. 

Scoop two tablespoons of the delicious Nicoletta's marmalade or jam.  over four crescent triangles.  Pinch the edges of the triangles to seal the dough.  

Place the brie, sliced side down, on the jam.

Add two more tablespoons of jam on the bottom.

Fold edges over and pinch edges.

Brush egg wash over the brie and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Cool for a few minutes and enjoy!

Nicoletta's marmalade or jam.   wants to give back... they have teamed up with Progress Place, a shelter in Silver Spring, MD and are hoping to host an event to transform the dining area of Progress Place into a 5-Star restaurant; table linens, flatware, decorations, waiters, a Maitre d', music and, most importantly, a chef willing to donate their time in preparing a 3 or 4 course meal.

If you'd like to help, go to
GoFundMe to raise money to cover the expenses associated with an event like this.