So, I was praying a few months or years ago that I’d have opportunities to practice hospitality. And I’ve had them. And this weekend is a big one.
I’ve been using Gina Garland’s prayer journal/organizer for a few years now, and she has listed to pray for myself (as a wife) “to be a good cook… willing to learn.” And it’s being answered in ways I never thought of myself.
Here’s her video, by the way, and you can email her to get the pdf file for your own journal:
So I noticed that instead of just following recipes, I like learning the tricks and understanding behind cooking. So I signed up for SmartKitchen lessons for a few months and that gave me a good bit of insight.
The War in Ukraine started, and that really somehow motivated me to express patriotism through cooking Ukrainian. In my teenage-hood, I really enjoyed making breads, too, and still today my bread-y things (like challah, pelmeni, vareniki) turn out well. I remember observing how Vitaliy’s mom does some things, too, like her borshch tricks (adding a spoon of sugar, for example).
So anyway, This Weekend.
It’s my test.
Saturday we’re having a baby shower at our place, and I’ve signed up to make pizza (practiced that) and peach cobbler (practiced that, too). And I want to cut a watermelon to look like a basket or baby stroller or something, but not sure about that yet.
It’s all about timing, too, because then on Sunday we have 2 older Ukrainian couples coming for lunch (probably but not for sure). And I want to make zharkoye (Ukrainian dish with meat, potatoes, carrots– kind of like stew) and salad (tomato, cucumber, onion) and another peach cobbler for desert.
So, I’ve carefully made my shopping list and today is my buying day. Then tomorrow, I’m starting with pressure cooking the zharkoye meat and getting that cooked up (for reheating Sunday). Then the pizza and cobbler for the evening shower. Then getting the rest cut and ready for quick Sunday prep.
And then to see if it all can look fairly effortless … :)