Yesterday, we shared a lot of laughs. Sometimes we were joking about how many shepherd's were in the shepherd's pie and how small they were cut up.
Previously, we had inquiries on how we could be serving shepherd's pie during the fast. Normally people associate the pie as being one containing corn. Father's Shepherd's pie contains no corn. When we asked him about the meat or recipe for that matter, it is always a secret because it is too good to share. And, we are assuming that is meat? Well, what else could it possibly be, I hate to think about it. "He said that he "ground the shepherds up real small."
For the many who visit our community meal twice a month, they are too grateful to even ask what is in it. They are just so happy to get the meal, which is outstanding. I had to smell it all afternoon and it was driving me crazy....But, of course for those who are abstaining from meat, there was soup and bread. Many of the kitchens that serve the hungry, provide only that.
Linda who loves catering to the many who are happy to find special treats, which tells them we think they are special, even if no else does, or when they don't think they are, we do. Yesterday's special treat was angel food cake with fresh strawberries and whip. The dessert table is a popular place which rarely has any leftover, so you have to get there pronto, to get your favorite sweet thing.
I'm happy just thinking about all the smiles, cheerful greetings and small conversations that occur each and every time we get together. Friendships develop over a period, and as they leave, they leave with more than a full belly.
Many of the elderly, lonely, shut-ins that come look forward to the next occasion to be together, to see the priest that they all hold dear and the servers. They think it is a great program and so do I. No dishes, no cooking and lots of laughter. Food for the soul.
Next time, they'll be wearing green, as we will quite possibly be celebrating St. Patrick's Day, and having I'm told, some of that good Irish cooking, or is it Scottish?
For those of you who are still wondering about the Lenten version of Shepherd's pie, we simply use cashew's instead of the meat, layering it with corn and mashed potato. Delicious!
Hope you will consider joining in next time, where the church of St. Michael always welcomes you.
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