I don’t have much culinary news to report. Things have been very simple at the Sabine Farm of late. My busy days have been characterized mostly by a some oatmeal in the morning, ramen in the day or a sandwich, and salad in a evening. Beans and rise fit in here and there as well. Nothing either creative or interesting. I might do something more daring on Sunday. Depending on what I can find on sale, I might make some pork ribs and sourkraut. I usually use onion, white wine and juniper when making this.
I received a "Say The Black Do The Red" coffee mug the other day through the cafepress.com store. This is the over-sized of the two choices. It is very nice and holds the precious liquid in the quantities I prefer (when it is not espresso, of course). It is sturdy and the print is nice and crisp. If you are looking for something to give a priest, especially one whose attachment to rubrics and texts is somewhat fluid, this might be a nice surprise!
The altar from the other day when I said a Requiem for the late Fr. Dan Schuh. Alas, I didn’t have my unbleached candles out.
Meanwhile, inside the Sabine house, I have the refugees from the now chilly, closed-down greenhouse. Within I am preserving various herbs for cooking and also a couple of nice little flowering jasmine trees. This is not the sort of jasmine I know from Rome, alas. But they are flowering like mad right now and the house is filled with theirfragrance.
Many thanks go out to the kind person who, using the amazon wish list, signed me up for a subscription to the National Catholic Register, which is a very good paper. I am grateful.
It’s all Adam‘s fault, really.
In any event, on Monday morning I will happily, and with deep appreciation, take a list to Mass of those who have helped in any way since the last time, and remember your intentions. It is a duty and honor to pray for benefactors.
A friend, KK of KC has sent me a fruitcake prepared by the Trappist monks of Assumption Abbey, Missouri.
This looks pretty good. I am not one for fruitcake, really, but I suspect this is good or my friend would not have sent it.
May I suggest you find gifts for people this year produced by monasteries and convents? You could be doing them a service during this time of economic downturns. I think many of these houses depend on what they sell in this busy season. For my gifts, I think I will use the mugs, above, and also things from monasteries.
Perhaps you know some really good monastic sources for Christmas gifts.
I’ll start a new entry for that: HERE.