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Spem in alium    3,611
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I think my superior and director are preparing me for Masterchef or something.

I've submitted the first full draft of my doctoral thesis, so hopefully will have a lot more time away from study and computers (usually I spend up to eight hours each day during the week on my study -- excellent, but tiring)....and that means I am now cooking two days a week! (Six out of eight of us in the community have our own weekday on which we cook). Director and superior will be my support crew, which does help. Next week I'm cooking two weekdays, and it's also my turn to cook for Sunday. I actually like to cook, and love to learn, so very fun times ahead...but still praying I don't burn the house down. 

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marigold    1,750
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I think my superior and director are preparing me for Masterchef or something.

I've submitted the first full draft of my doctoral thesis, so hopefully will have a lot more time away from study and computers (usually I spend up to eight hours each day during the week on my study -- excellent, but tiring)....and that means I am now cooking two days a week! (Six out of eight of us in the community have our own weekday on which we cook). Director and superior will be my support crew, which does help. Next week I'm cooking two weekdays, and it's also my turn to cook for Sunday. I actually like to cook, and love to learn, so very fun times ahead...but still praying I don't burn the house down. 

Monastery cooking is fun! Sisters help you with the boring bits like chopping vegetables, and no one ever complains that it's under-seasoned...

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Spem in alium    3,611
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Monastery cooking is fun! Sisters help you with the boring bits like chopping vegetables, and no one ever complains that it's under-seasoned...

So much fun! Usually each of us cooks on our own without help, as we each have our own rostered day. I like washing or drying dishes, chopping veg, etc. And the kitchen is really where you learn many things! 

More often than not with us, there's an issue with OVER-seasoning...one of our Sisters (who is a great cook) has a bit of a fondness for pepper. I like it, but some Sisters have more sensitive palates. 

So yes, bring on the three cooking days this week! Any ideas for effective but simple recipes? Wednesdays we do not eat meat, so that will be either fish or veg. 

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So yes, bring on the three cooking days this week! Any ideas for effective but simple recipes? Wednesdays we do not eat meat, so that will be either fish or veg. 

Okay, I'm sorry is my vocabulary is wrong, because translating recipes is hard. 

One of the easiest recipe that I know is "quiche lorraine". And you can change the ingredients to match the vegetables that you have. 


You need a shortcrust ("pâte brisée"). In the shortcust, you put whatever you want. Vegetables, lardon, fish, salmon, etc... in little piece. And you add a mixture of "crème fraiche" (fresh cream ?), and milk. THen you cook it 20 minutes (or more). 

It looks like this : Afficher l'image d'origine (here it's broccoli/salmon. You need to cook the broccoli before)

Also, when we receive a vegan to eat, we always make a risotto. Simple and easy. 

Do you eat couscous ? It's easy to do and sooooo good. The couscous from Tunisie is the best (no offence Algeria and Morroco). I'm sure there's a lot of couscous recipes on the net. 

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Nice! Thanks, Nada. We don't really eat couscous - I'm not sure if Sisters like it (though I personally do), but I've not eaten it since I've been at the convent. I could always give it a go, though!

For Tuesday I made some little burgers (pork and veal mincemeat, onion, breadcrumbs, egg, coriander, pepper, salt (though not enough), and some spices), with a rice and apple salad and some roasted carrots.

For today I made some baked fish with a capsicum, sweet potato and chickpea salad (half recipe, half invention) and some potato wedges. I was cooking for our community plus our Provincial Council, so eleven people. While we were eating, my Provincial (also superior of my house) joked that the judgments of her Council on my meal would guarantee my acceptance to the next stage of my formation - I needed to get 10/10 from each of the Council members to make it! Then one of my Sisters (not a Council member) said, "You give her 10, I give her 11", before getting jokingly reprimanded by Sister Superior that her vote didn't count. Made me laugh :P 

(P.S. My Provincial gave me 10/10 and she is a great cook, so I think it's a lovely compliment!)

Now just need to think of what to make for Sunday...

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I have now received the official go-ahead from the Provincial Council to begin collecting what I will need for the next stage of my formation. There is much to do. Please keep us - my Sisters, my family, and myself - in your prayers.

P.S. On Sunday I am making roasted pork loin with potato salad, a green salad with prunes and pecans, and a lemon blueberry trifle. I've made the dessert before and am going to try it again following some good constructive criticism. :) 

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Thanks, TT! 

This week I've been flat out helping my superior with preparations for tomorrow. It's the feast day of our Foundress, and also the Golden Jubilee celebrations. We made breakfast, I'll be leading prayer, and then we have a Mass and lunch. I've been writing speeches, menus, booklets, cards, etc. Sister Superior asked me to introduce the Mass, and I'm also in charge of operating the projector. It's going to be a very big day, and I hope a very joyous one. One year ago tomorrow I received the news I'd been accepted as a candidate with my Sisters, so it's even more meaningful for me. I really can't believe I'm at the stage I am now.

 

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Everything went wonderfully this weekend. The Jubilee Mass was beautiful. I cooked Sunday lunch and managed not to poison or kill anyone (well, at least, as far as I know). I even got an 11/10 from my superior for it, so I guess it was enjoyable enough. 

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Good weekend! Birthday here in the convent. Next week, half the community will be away at retreats, on holiday, and at a Catholic festival for youth. It will be a tremendously quiet house! 

And it's finally happening...I've started becoming unable to help calling people "Sister". I did it with a friend the other week. Today I was about to call my grandmother "Sister", but it kind of went like, "Thanks, Sis-Grandma". 

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10 hours ago, Spem in alium said:

Good weekend! Birthday here in the convent. Next week, half the community will be away at retreats, on holiday, and at a Catholic festival for youth. It will be a tremendously quiet house! 

And it's finally happening...I've started becoming unable to help calling people "Sister". I did it with a friend the other week. Today I was about to call my grandmother "Sister", but it kind of went like, "Thanks, Sis-Grandma". 

Are you looking forward to a peaceful house, or not so much? :)

I often have to stop myself from saying the traditional response when someone calls for me. On the other hand, cusswords have made an amazing comeback in my vocabulary in the short time I've been out of the monastery. Some habits are easier than others, I guess...

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5 hours ago, marigold said:

Are you looking forward to a peaceful house, or not so much? :)

I often have to stop myself from saying the traditional response when someone calls for me. On the other hand, cusswords have made an amazing comeback in my vocabulary in the short time I've been out of the monastery. Some habits are easier than others, I guess...

Well, the noisy Sisters are staying home, so I don't know how much peace we'll have :P I will miss them all, but I suppose I am looking forward to more quiet around.

Ahaha! Usually I'm okay with it, but sometimes it just comes out. I haven't yet called my brother or my father or any of my male friends "Sister", so I think I'm doing pretty well...at the moment. ;) 

I had a beautiful weekend. To celebrate my birthday, I went for Mass and dinner on Saturday night with my family. It was so meaningful to pray and receive Jesus with them. I felt so incredibly blessed to be able to welcome in the new liturgical year, the Year of Mercy, together. They have been so loving and supportive of me on my journey. But it was also bittersweet, as this will likely be the last birthday celebration I'll really have with them. And I was full of joy to see my brother at Mass, receiving Jesus in the Eucharist and praying. I'm not entirely sure where he's at, but I continue to pray that he will come back totally to the Church. 

 

 

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6 hours ago, Spem in alium said:

Just got a workout chasing a lizard around my Sister's bedroom. Fun times!

I had a lizard in my house once. Cat got to the little guy before anyone else could. Needless to say, he was very proud of himself! :whistle:

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There have been so many lizards joining us! I think they try to escape the hot weather for a time and so come inside, but then forget how to go out again. One of my sisters feeds the lizards on our veranda. She told me they like bread and butter and particular kinds of meat. :) 

I am looking forward to Christmas and the following days. Dec 24 and 25 will be with my sisters -- it will be a joy to be with them, but maybe also sad in a way not to be with my family. However, on the 27th Dec (Feast of the Holy Family, and my anniversary of entrance) my family will be visiting and I will be going home with them for all of January. I'm so excited for that, but at the same time also interested to see how it will sit with me. I've been home throughout the year for short visits, and while I love being with them and while they're truly the greatest family I could ever have wished for, there is a real difference now. I am a different person, and I guess my psychological needs have changed or become more evident. My whole daily schedule is different. So it will be interesting to have a change, good to have some time with them, and good to note how it will affect me. I'm very glad I have the opportunity to be with my family for a longer period before I progress in formation.

 

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9 hours ago, marigold said:

It will be interesting for sure! Does the visit have a particular 'reason' other than spending time with family? 

I think that's the main reason, yes. After I come back from the visit, I pray that I'll be moving to the next step in my formation. Contact wit my family will become more limited, so it's really going to be the last time I'll see them for a longer period, and maybe even the last time I'll go home, before I begin novitiate. 

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4 hours ago, Spem in alium said:

I think that's the main reason, yes. After I come back from the visit, I pray that I'll be moving to the next step in my formation. Contact wit my family will become more limited, so it's really going to be the last time I'll see them for a longer period, and maybe even the last time I'll go home, before I begin novitiate. 

So it'll be really special! I was going to say 'bittersweet' but obviously I don't know your family situation - perhaps more bitter or more sweet! It goes without saying, but I hope you really enjoy it - there's a special atmosphere when you're on 'borrowed time' :) 

And I hope you get to move into the novitiate!!

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4 hours ago, marigold said:

So it'll be really special! I was going to say 'bittersweet' but obviously I don't know your family situation - perhaps more bitter or more sweet! It goes without saying, but I hope you really enjoy it - there's a special atmosphere when you're on 'borrowed time' :) 

And I hope you get to move into the novitiate!!

Definitely special! I think bittersweet is the right word :) Not too sure yet about the mixture of bitterness and sweetness, though! I think I will enjoy it, and I know my family is looking forward to it.

Sisters invited my family over on the Feast of the Holy Family to connect and to take me home. When I talked to my mum first about it, she was saying, "Oh, I'm not sure we can make it,  but we'll see". I just said to her, "Well, we were thinking I could go home that day", and she immediately said, "YES! We'll be there!!!" :P 

Thank you :) God willing, and depending on my study, I will move into novitiate sometime next year. 

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2 hours ago, Spem in alium said:

 

Sisters invited my family over on the Feast of the Holy Family to connect and to take me home. When I talked to my mum first about it, she was saying, "Oh, I'm not sure we can make it,  but we'll see". I just said to her, "Well, we were thinking I could go home that day", and she immediately said, "YES! We'll be there!!!" :P 

 

aaaawwwwwwww!! :)

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