The Eve of Palm Sunday

Hello Blog Friends!

I hope you enjoyed this week’s Wednesday Words “Cook-Along” post , we had a gang of very eager young cooks this season 😊. Some parents are not keen on having images of their children published on the Internet but, at least, you got to see a couple of happy participants!

With the Cook-Along over until next autumn, a good portion of time this week has been occupied in putting the final touches on the Alumni Lenten Mini Retreat. I will likely make a separate post about that as it will be happening this afternoon but finishes too late in the day for me to include a wrap up in this post. We have a good number of alumni registered and it will be interesting to see just how many make it to the Google Meet 😊.

In other news, work has been continuing on assembling documents for our Annual General Meeting. I had hoped to email the documents to all the voting members on Thursday as our by-laws require we give one month’s notice and the meeting is scheduled for April 21st. All that day I kept checking my email and sent a voicemail, text and email to the person in question. The document finally squeaked in under the wire after 8pm so, following a short flurry of activity formatting, editing and creating pdfs, I was able to send out the notifications just before heading to bed. WHEW!!

With only a week left in the month I’m beginning to be concerned that we have not had any more applications from communities interested in hosting Day Camps. Sadly, I heard this week, that one potential church had chosen to take another route, which is always discouraging and so I scrolled through my contacts and sent out a fresh round of enquiries in the hopes of raising some interest 😊. Happily, yesterday afternoon we did receive confirmation that one of last year’s communities will be applying, Yay!!

Once the Easter holiday is passed I shall need to check in with all the volunteer groups who are working on various aspects of the program as April is the month in which we aim to make the Day Camp Resource Package available to the host communities. There are still a lot of loose ends to tie up and I can see some long stretches of editing and proofreading in my immediate future!

Outside of the work schedule (plus several one on one FaceTime meetings) I have managed to complete the Birthday crowns for two of my Godsons and now need to focus on wrapping all the Pysanky, ready for the Easter gift baskets. A friend for whom I often do craft projects has also asked me to make a spring bunting for her to hang up in her country home. I first gave her an autumn one for her birthday and then she commissioned a winter one so I guess there will be a future summer iteration as well as this one for spring 😊. As mentioned in a previous post, I also have a “queue” of baby clothes waiting for sewing, since all the Team alumni little ones will be arriving in May.

Evenings I have forged ahead to complete my Swedish socks so that I can get going on a baby pullover. I have now turned the heel and am on the home stretch (still following 2 charts, which experienced knitters will recognise as a challenge 😊).

Right now it’s rime to pull a batch of bagels out of the oven and take Thomason on a short walk so that I can log on with Michelle for the Mini Retreat. She requested a last trial run half an hour before start-up so I have to be ready to begin at 12:30pm.

I have been trying to decide which recipe to share this week. It seems there have recently been quite a few dishes featuring eggs but ,since they fit with the whole spring theme, let’s squeeze in one more 😊. The following is a riff on a recipe that is served in the dining car on trans-continental Pullman trains in India. Make yourself a pot of chai to go with it!

Eggs Kejriwal

  • 2 individual ciabatta rolls (preferably homemade)
  • 3 Tbsps. butter
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • 3 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. chilli flakes
  • 1 Tbsp. prepared mustard
  • salt and pepper
  • Ketchup for serving

Split the ciabatta rolls and spread with half the butter. Combine the cheese, spring onions, cilantro and chilli flakes and set aside. Heat a frying pan and toast the ciabatta butter side down, until golden then transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment. Turn your broiler on and meanwhile melt the remaining butter in the frying pan and carefully crack and add the 4 eggs to the pan, trying to keep them from melding together! Pile an equal amount of the cheese mixture on each toasted ciabatta and place under the broiler.

Broil until the cheese is melted and bubbling while the eggs fry until the whites are set and the yolks still a bit runny. Place the ciabatta on 2 serving plates and carefully top each on with a fried egg, using a large slotted spoon in order not to break the yolks! Sprinkle each serving with salt and pepper and add a squirt of ketchup, to taste. Serve immediately!   

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