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Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Service | 0 comments

How do you cook for large crowd ? – Part 3 – Preparation

How do you cook for large crowd ? – Part 3 – Preparation

So how did our day of preparation and serving looked like? We had prayed and planned for big day. The day  finally arrived  and  we were  ready to get on with. But wait…. It is easy to get so occupied in the details of the day. However I would say, it is even more important that you set some time apart to spend the time with the Lord, especially on the busy day like the one we had.Trust in Him to work out the details of last minute.Do not be anxious. I felt the Holy Spirit at work in me at every step.I can not believe i am saying that with confidence because I am not cool like that of my own. Now let’s get on the work: We had divided the entrée(enchilada and rice) among three of us. Our friends from small group,baked and brought countless batches of cookies and i don’t know how many pans of refried beans.{Those hands must be hurting hard after opening cans after...

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Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Service | 1 comment

How do you cook for large crowd? Part 2 – Planning

How do you cook for large crowd? Part 2 – Planning

How do you plan the meal for the large crowd? If you have followed along our first part,you may have guessed that prayerful planning is the next logical step .We went through couple of  meal ideas from spaghetti and meatballs, soup and salad, pulled pork sandwiches,BBQ chicken plate,tacos to name a few. Our first grandiose plan was to make chicken enchilada with rice and beans, sopapilla cheesecake for dessert. We quickly realized that enchilada casserole is far easier to make then rolling tortillas for 100s of enchiladas.You would agree right? Great thinking Emily and Camille! We also changed sopapilla cheesecake to cookies at that point. Wise step I would say. Serving through Taking it to the Streets ministry has many advantages. We didn’t have to do the ground work. Place to serve and logistical details were already laid out for us. Ministry provides serving plates, bowls, utensils, napkin, drinks. We only had to bring cooked food. Recently they added tables for our guests to sit down and enjoy the meal. Tray and...

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Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in Service | 1 comment

How do you cook for large crowd? Part1-Prayer

How do you cook for large crowd? Part1-Prayer

How do you cook for  large crowd of people? Couple  of weeks back,we  had an opportunity to serve the homeless people downtown.We prepared the meal for around 250 people. I will be  first to admit, it is daunting task. I will also admit, it is  very much doable. Don’t get me wrong,the most I have ever cooked  is for our family thanksgiving and I thought that was overwhelming ha !So how do get past the number? Prayer Our motivation for the task we felt unequipped for “And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,you did it to me.’ Matthew 25:40 When our team signed up to cook the meal for one Friday,it was the decision which we made prayerfully, weeks and months before. I first heard about ‘Taking it the Streets’ ministry couple of years ago.I logically concluded that they minister to the people on the streets .Idea itself was  so way out...

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Posted by on Feb 28, 2014 in Dessert | 0 comments

Sabudana Kheer (Tapioca Pudding)

Sabudana Kheer (Tapioca Pudding)

Sometime you cook something or eat something and it takes you back in time and brings back the memories. So it is with this tapioca pudding. Growing up in Hindu family I enjoyed many Hindu festivals.Many of these festivals involved ‘fasting’ as a part of the celebration. Length of fasting differs by underlying belief of the festival. Some fasting lasts till evening, some whole day.On some fasting, you can drink water and some you shouldn’t. One of those fasting experience that I remember the most happened during ‘Janamastami‘. (“Janam” means “Birth”,”Astami” meaning “Eight” in Hindi).Janamastami celebrates the birth of Hindu Lord Krishna on the eight month of the year. Legend has it that he was born on midnight, so those who fast, they continue to fast till midnight, without water. When fast ends, typically sweet and soft food is served on midnight.I remember my mom serving many sort of pudding along with different fruits to break the fast . Tapioca pudding is one of the item she served. Tapioca pearls...

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Posted by on Feb 27, 2014 in Condiments | 0 comments

Zucchini Raita

Zucchini Raita

As I was researching the food from  Azerbaijan-‘A’ country we are in.I came across this AZ blog.Browsing through the recipe,i stumbled on  Zucchini yogurt dip.It has all the elements of my liking and it was so quick,i couldn’t wait to make this.I am calling it “raita” because that’s what Indian will call this kind of preparation in yogurt ! Though my family likes Zucchini,they didn’t care for it in the dip like this.To them,it seemed like zucchini accidentally took a plunge in yogurt !  Me,on the other hand,could not get enough of it :-). It goes well with chips or just dip your pita or naan into it. PrintZucchini Raita Ingredients1 Zucchini (used green) 1 cup regular yogurt 1 small clove Garlic crushed Salt to taste Olive Oil or drizzle Paprika to sprinkleInstructionsWash and slice the Zucchini in circles.Spread it on the cookie sheet. Drizzle some olive oil on the top Roast it at 400 F until it is cooked through,15-20 minutes. In a bowl,mix crushed garlic and yogurt. Add...

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