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If you want to try a different flavour to your mince, go Lebanese! Tonight I used cinnamon, nutmeg, cumin, lemon juice, spinach and pine nuts, and it's a refreshing variation on Italian/Mexican/Indian flavourings of mince. I heard Christy and her cousin high-fiving one another the other day for being 'one eighth camel' - my brother was making fatayer pies for dinner, and that's what we're going to have again tonight. The filling is as above.

On other fronts, the Bish has backed the Codfish and decided an eight-year old girl can't choose to become a Catholic. The family is gutted, and I think it'll reflect badly on how people regard the leader of our parish for a while. My friends who are running the programme this year (I just teach it, they run it) are deeply upset but have had to give up the fight. We still have to celebrate First Reconciliation in a week and a half, but this girl won't be permitted to be included. Sad, huh. I emailed the codfish last night about some administrative matters and I added this: p.s. I heard on the grapevine that you have said no to baptising the child in our parish who wants to be baptised. Did you and the Bishop really truly, decide between the two of you that a child who wants to be a Catholic can't be one? Honestly? In our own parish??? What happened to evangelisation? Isn't that what we are supposed to do? What really is your problem? Really? I sincerely want to know. We've been keen to offer solutions, we've offered our support, we have reiterated the power of St A's School and you do not appear, between the two of you, to be coming to the party. So why are you really so against a child becoming a Catholic? It's easy to hide behind legal arguments, but we are looking for a sensible solution in what has always been a Christian community.
That was a couple of days ago... he hasn't answered - yet. OMG... can't wait until Sunday's Mass... not. I feel like we're carrying on the Jesus legacy that JCjnr gave us, and we've been hobnailed by a Scribe. A Sadducee, perhaps. He is a lawyer after all.

I think I'll be keeping my head down and thinking about my writing...

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moth2fic
Apr. 30th, 2008 08:44 am (UTC)
The mince recipe sounds delicious. I have a vague memory of you telling us the fatayer pies are made with filo pasty - am I right?

Sorry you're having problems with your parish - if you could manage it, keeping your head down might be less stressful in the end! But I suppose you feel you have to say what you feel for your own conscience's sake. Good luck!
natesmountain
Apr. 30th, 2008 10:15 am (UTC)
-I have a vague memory of you telling us the fatayer pies are made with filo pasty - am I right?
I usually use a scone dough but you can use any pastry, I imagine. Tonight, I did what my brother does and used flakey pastry, which is less healthy but eminently easier.

-if you could manage it, keeping your head down might be less stressful in the end! But I suppose you feel you have to say what you feel for your own conscience's sake. Good luck!
My friend John, who sits in the music group close to me, has taken to muttering to me, 'don't own that problem' and so now I sit back down again! It's a wonderful lesson to learn for someone like me. But the sacramental programme is my baby, and I'm responsible for it on a parish level - but I don't have the authority of a man *snort* albeit a well-educated man of the cloth...
moth2fic
Apr. 30th, 2008 10:23 am (UTC)
Scone dough sounds good - and easier. I always use readymade flakey but that means a trip to the shop whereas the ingredients for scones are in the cupboard!

On my counselling course we were taught to say 'That's your problem - but it's rapidly becoming mine'. I like your friend's 'Don't own it' attitude! And whilst it is 'your baby' you might find you have to offer it up for adoption, for everyone's sake.
natesmountain
Apr. 30th, 2008 10:31 am (UTC)
-whereas the ingredients for scones are in the cupboard!
That's what I like about it.

-you might find you have to offer it up for adoption, for everyone's sake.
True. My organiser has had to concede defeat over the issue, but I figured I would just ask for a good answer from the 'parish' point of view aka moi!
natesmountain
Apr. 30th, 2008 10:16 am (UTC)
Hi im Christy!
im cool
=]
moth2fic
Apr. 30th, 2008 10:24 am (UTC)
Yes, you are!!
natesmountain
Apr. 30th, 2008 10:34 am (UTC)
Why thank you poppet! You're Cool tooooooo!
blue_leaf
Apr. 30th, 2008 11:07 am (UTC)
What is mince? The spices sound yummy :0)

What a sad state with your Codfish.


natesmountain
Apr. 30th, 2008 11:32 am (UTC)
Mum thinks its "ground beef" well mum thinks you call it ground beef
Yess im very upset about the codfish!
[typed by christy]
blue_leaf
Apr. 30th, 2008 12:11 pm (UTC)
Hi Christy nice to meet you :0)
ah, ground beef that's what I thought.

natesmountain
Apr. 30th, 2008 12:14 pm (UTC)
I've sent her off to bed!

Ground beef, that versatile stuff that people cook so badly! But we can make wonderful things with it. You just have to choose the right flavourings and the right length of cooking!

It's raining here incredibly hard. I can't believe it. I keep standing out on the front porch to stare at the power of the water. I had to put gumboots on to feed the rabbit and guinea pig!
blue_leaf
Apr. 30th, 2008 12:46 pm (UTC)
I get my ground beef, and most of my meat from the Amish at the farmer's market. What a difference in taste and quality from the stuff they sell at the grocery stores. I like the fact that it has no growth chemicals.
natesmountain
May. 2nd, 2008 01:25 am (UTC)
OMG I'd LOVE to go to an Amish market. One day... I'll appear on your doorstep and make you take me *g* - if I ever get to set foot in America beyond LAX
blue_leaf
May. 2nd, 2008 12:39 pm (UTC)
You have yourself a tourguide if you ever get over here :0)
blue_leaf
May. 2nd, 2008 12:40 pm (UTC)
Oh and you will have to come to meeting too.
natesmountain
May. 3rd, 2008 10:06 am (UTC)
Come to meeting?! Woot, that'd be a cool experience. I wish you were within driving distance... and I shall bookmark you as my future tourguide *g*
vivh
May. 1st, 2008 06:18 am (UTC)
I would love to try your Lebanese mince - sounds very yummy - I really like pinenuts too...

What is happening in the Parish is just so very sad... I do hope they will start to listen.
natesmountain
May. 2nd, 2008 01:23 am (UTC)
-What is happening in the Parish is just so very sad... I do hope they will start to listen.
Yeah, I'd love to make a big fuss, but because of my job, it could get ...awkward! I might make a little quiet fuss *g*
greenpizzazz6
May. 2nd, 2008 02:28 am (UTC)
Aw, that's horrible about the little girl. I can't believe that they won't let her become Catholic if she wants to. It's just not right.
natesmountain
May. 2nd, 2008 04:16 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's not like people are lining up at the door to be Catholics!!! It's not the greatest time you can have in the world! I don't get that they can turn anyone away. I just don't get it.
eliper
May. 3rd, 2008 05:51 am (UTC)
Mmm - I've made a Turkish-style mince before, which sounds similar, although I didn't add nutmeg. Did you use beef mince or lamb?

I used to use lamb for the Turkish one and it was, in my opinion, better than using beef. Annoyingly though, lean lamb mince is impossible to buy here, so I always end up buying lamb steaks and then putting them in the food processor to make mince. Time consuming, but you end up with a much nicer mince. I do the same with pork as well.
natesmountain
May. 3rd, 2008 10:10 am (UTC)
We're meant to use lamb mince for the pies but I find beef is usually so much cheaper!! However, I much prefer lamb. Mind you, the beef seemed to respond well to the cinnamon and nutmeg.

I really like lamb in things like Moroccan tagine, when I use apricots and other fruits. It seems to go well with fruit. I never thought of mincing the meat in the food processor. I have a hand mincer somewhere at the back of the cupboard but I tend to just buy it already done. My grandmother used to mince lamb about three times over or more until it was almost a paste to make things like kibbe with burghul - Lebanese hamburger, I guess you'd call it. They even ate it raw *shudder*
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