Not to put too fine a point on things –this
has been a difficult week!
  
      First off a couple of Sundays ago I skid while biking on a wet day and
twisted my knee. It seemed to be improving but, I do a LOT of walking and I
guess wasn’t doing much to help it get better, then this past Monday Wil and I
were out and he suddenly veered to one side and the knee went “sproing”. Not a
happy scene. Since then it has been along haul to get it back to normal, as
normal for me means walking really far and really fast, interspersed with
biking, gardening etc. Sigh, sitting with an ice pack or a wearing tension
bandage is not my style. But it is getting better, slowly and Wil has been
super, walking more slowly by my side and settling for shorter perambulations.
     Meanwhile there was also a bit of a CTM crisis
and a difficult Day Camp problem. The situation has now been sorted out with
good results and hopefully the “problem” will soon be rectified but they made
for a rocky start for Nick, our new President and the glitches have meant quite
a bit of extra work.
     Of
course the swirl of Day Camps continues to build up into a tornado of activity,
culminating (for this week) in our Spring Coffeehouse, which will be starting
in 6 hours. At present I’m at my summer workstation- the big table   in the kitchen at Isaiah 40! Because we will
be serving iced beverages this evening I needed to brew the Chai and Coffee
early in the day so it can chill in time for 7pm. Thus I was waiting outside
the CO-OP when it opened at 10am and am now “brewing”. Once the hot drinks are
cooled enough the other ingredients can be stirred in and I’ll head home to
batten down the hatches for the mid-afternoon Huyer “invasion”. They are
currently at the SYC Staff meeting and Brunch and we will all have an early
supper together before the Coffeehouse.
Tomorrow I will post a few photos and we’ll
be installing a Spring 2016 slideshow on the Blog sidebar as soon as we can.
    Lots of other stuff has been happening this week- like hearing about 2
candidates from Toronto who are applying for Travelling Team, and also
connecting with one more potential host church location for a Day Camp!
      We are
praying hard that all these small puzzle pieces will fit into the big picture!
And on the horizon for the coming week is the start of Retreat baking and
cooking!! Over the next 3 weeks I’ve marked off 5 separate days to devote to
this special work with the hopes that this not a bit ambitious since the list
is long and 5 days might not see all the jobs completed. However June is
totally manic with an unexpected Synod, Changing of the Decorations plus masses
of outdoor work, so it would be fabulous to have ALL the advance cooking behind
me before the end of May, we’ll see.
    Speaking of cooking, before I place the beverages in the fridge and head
home to set up, it’s time for a recipe. With the warmer weather approaching I
thought I would feature a few main course salads that we love having for lunch
or dinner after months of needing hot meals. So this week it’s…
                               Wild Rice and Mozzarella
Salad
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 medium onion, diced

2/3-cup wild rice
½ cup white long-grain rice
14oz. vegetable stock
1 red pepper, diced
2 cups baby spinach
8oz. mozzarella, cubed
Dressing: –
3 Tbsps. olive oil
3 Tbsps. red wine vinegar
2 Tbsps. Basil pesto
1 Tbsps. tomato paste
Pinch of dried chillies
Heat the oil in a medium saucepan and gently
sauté the onion until translucent. Stir in both kinds of rice until coated with
oil. Add the stock, bring to a boil and simmer for approx. 30 minutes. Remove from
the heat and let stand covered for 5 minutes. Uncover and cool, then loosen
grains with a fork.
Whisk the dressing ingredients together in
a small bowl then fold, carefully into the rice.
Arrange a bed of baby spinach in a large
shallow serving dish and top with the rice. Sprinkle the diced red pepper and
mozzarella cubes over the top.

Serves 4.