Today is Dance Recording Day so I will soon be heading off to FFBCM (First Filipino Baptist Church) on my bike to teach this year’s Day Camp liturgical dance to a group of (I hope) EAGER volunteers! Of course there will be food bribery in the shape of mango juice and ginger/chocolate biscotti!
         This week started off with Victoria and her two older boys being with us Sunday Morning at the Pod, more than doubling our usual tiny community gathering. It was lovely to have the energy of small boys amongst us. Then in the afternoon there was the CTM Board meeting followed by a meeting of the Church Visits Task Group, at both of which I am secretary and thus take minutes! Sunday afternoon and evening also brought another wicked ice storm that continued through Monday. I was super-thankful we did not lost power😊 .
         Despite the totally foul weather only one of the Day Camp Committee members was unable to come, to our Monday evening meeting as she lives the farthest away and her Mum was worried about her making it safely home that night (a very reasonable concern!) After that meeting, it was time, on Tuesday, to type up tonnes of minutes and follow up on a gazillion items that had been flagged at the DC mtg. As of that day I was also trying to carve out time to begin my huge spring-cleaning task of washing ALL the windows and doors (there are 28 windows and 7 doors in this house!!!). This marathon task includes taking down 29 curtain panels, washing all of them and then rehanging them. At this time I also wash all the dining room chair seat covers and slipcovers on two big armchairs, so things have been pretty manic around here. 
        Throw in another “Miyazaki Movie Night” on Thursday, with the attendant cooking of a special meal (Chicken Pho followed by Tropic Aroma Cake) and you can see why manic is a good adjective 😊. Not to slow down or anything, yesterday Jillian and I met about a bunch of Day Camp stuff over brunch and as I started out by saying- 
       Today is the Liturgical Dance recording session 😊
In fact I think I need to hit a “pause” button now and head off on my trusty red bicycle…
Well the session went off super well, with 7 Team Members present, Miriam on the video camera and Adriel on sound. I’m so proud of how hard they all tried, and I think the final instructional video will be just fine 😊
 My bicycle has now been safely put back in the garage and it is time to make dinner and to set out some resources for tomorrow at The Pod.   
But before I go we need this week’s recipe.
Last Monday, for the DC committee, I made a Provençal Chicken Salad. I was determined we would still have a nice meal, even if we lost power during the ice storm, so I had prepped the chicken and potatoes the day before. Happily we were able to eat it in a warm house and accompanied by hot tea but this actually is a good dish to start the day before as then it comes together super quickly when you want to serve it!
Provençal Chicken Salad
  • 6 boneless chicken thighs, cooked, cooled and cut in bite-sized chunks
  • 3 cups halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 can artichoke hearts
  • 3 small zucchini, striped, halved, thinly sliced on the diagonal
  • 2 pounds boiled new potatoes, quartered
  • ¼ cup each, pitted black and green olives, halved 
Dressing: –
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup plain yoghurt
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • ½ tsp. smoked paprika
  • 2vTbsps. Lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsps. white wine
  • ¼ cup olive oil

Place all the salad ingredients in a large serving bowl. Whisk together all the dressing ingredients and fold into the salad with a rubber spatula. Cover and chill at least 1 hour to blend the flavours. Serve at room temperature. Serves 4-6

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