This has been a very kitchen-y weekend. Our church’s missions conference just ended last night, and it seems I spent a great deal of time either cooking in my own kitchen or cleaning up in the church kitchen.
During our missions conference, we have two events involving food. On Saturday evening before that service, we traditionally have an international covered dish supper. And on Sunday night following the service, we plan a “pie fellowship” -- a time when everyone brings pies to share.
In addition, we were taking a missionary family out for Sunday lunch and bringing them back to our home for the afternoon and for dessert. So a good deal of cooking and baking was in order.
On Saturday, I made brownies for our Sunday dessert. I also made some microwave dulce de leche to use in two banoffee pies for the pie fellowship. (For those who are not familiar with banoffee pie, it’s a British dessert made with bananas and a caramel filling in a graham cracker crust, topped with whipped cream. This was the first time I had tried this and it came out very good.) For the international meal, I fixed some Indian-style vegetables, a Tex-Mex green bean salad, and a British apple crumble. In the freezer, I had stashed several foil-wrapped packages of Roti -- chicken & potato filled wraps seasoned with lots of celery, garlic, and curry -- to take as my main dish. One of my daughters showed me how to make this Indian treat, having learned the recipe and technique from a friend in Antigua. The recipe made a ton and so I froze a bunch with the international supper in mind. I was pleasantly surprised that the potatoes did not turn at all mushy in the freezer!
On Sunday, we took our friends out to a Chinese restaurant, then brought them home with us and had brownies with ice cream & (homemade!) hot fudge sauce later in the afternoon. I whipped the cream and topped my pies and took them to the pie fellowship, where they were very well received. Came home after the evening service and washed the dishes... and that wraps up my weekend cooking adventures.