A friend invited the ladies class and friends to her house for a cooking show. She based her lesson in the many Biblical references to food, both physical and spiritual. As we are always keen on identifying figures of speech in the Bible (similes, metaphors, personification, hyperbole, etc) we enjoyed this very much. She talked about flavor and savor and many other things to do with tasting.
The demonstration included a salad and an entree, which she made and then served to us. The salad, above, was a mix of greens, strawberries and mangos, with raspberry vinaigrette.
The entree, baked skinless-boneless salmon in parchment, was demonstrated step-by-step.
It is surrounded by Redmond green bell pepper slices (capsicum) and blanched baby asparagus spears...
...followed by a pat of dill butter...
.....and a sprinkle of fresh chopped green onion stems...
...and then she demonstrated how to make an envelope out of the parchment baking paper the salmon was prepared on. The booklet, below, gives the instructions and oven temperature.
One good tip for doing well with cooking, was to wear the cutest apron and dress well, fix your hair, erc. If you try to look as cute as possible, it was emphasized, you will be happier in the kitchen.
I am sorry I did not get any photos of the food serve on e plate, but I assure you it was delicious.
Above: everyone served themselves from her buffet table....
...and below, a separate tea table which all the visitors frequented before the cooking show and during breaks. She had Yorshire Gold, Raspberry, amd Birthday Cake flavor of pots of tea.
I wanted to stay longer after lunch and have a leisurely cup of tea with this lady, (who me my family has known nearly 50 years including church activity) but some of the ladies who were with me needed to get back to the farm and feed their animals.
This lady lives way up in the hills and I live down in the flats, in a valley, so it is rare we get to see each other. One day I will take a friend and go visit her and stay longer. Her home is like visiting a lodge in the mountains and I especially relish going there in autumn.
Here is the booklet she made for the event, which I unceremoniously and unfortunately stuffed in my bag. I probably should have ironed it before taking the photo.
Let me take a few minutes here to emphasize the importance of hospitality. Some women do a lot of home keeping and cooking and also serve others in churches, but they do not get much opportunity to attend something that is for their own recreation. Our host and her daughters made an atmosphere for all of us that was just right. We may have been able to find a commercial type cooking class elsewhere but it would not have had the same effect as this. We all believe the same things and we were of one accord and enjoyed the fellowship.
No one can really describe how renewing this was for all of us and what a blessing it continues to be. I only regret I forgot to film it! It is so good to be invited to someone's house, even for a cup of soothing tea. So don't neglect hospitality. You do not know the tremendous good it can do. And if you cannot extend hospitality to anyone nearby, why not package up something and send it in the mail for someone you want to bless and encourage.
Pack up a box of things that will help someone, and use anything from books, a letter, tea and infusions, maybe even a cup you get at the thrift store, a tea towel, a little mat for the tea cup, some gourmet packaged foods, etc., a musical cd, and so much more you can find for little expense. What about a phone call or a skype visit, or a nice email with pictures? There is so much more to hospitality that many books have been published on various aspects of it.
One of the nicest things anyone ever did for me, was when this very same lady came to my house a few days after we moved in. As you know, it was not a good time for company. She brought a table and folding chairs, and a picnic hamper full of things for a teatime buffet. She even bout her own hot water to make tea.
As I said, we just don't know how hospitality touches people and eases their burdens, their health and their grief. If someone has crossed your mind recently, you might take that as a nudge to extend some kind of hospitality.