Saturday, December 16, 2006

Saturday and then Sunday

This Saturday was the greening of the church, a work time to hang yards and yards of pine garlands, hang wreaths, set out candles, and generally get everything set for Christmas (no red, however, during Advent, so no berries yet). The person in charge wanted to have a "vision" for the decoration, to do something new. When I go to these work-bees, I generally want to be as efficient as possible, to get as much done in as little time as it takes! Luckily, there was a like-minded, vision-less person there also, so we accomplished our setup rather swiftly! Still, I was there for 2-1/2 hours

When I got home, I was of a mind to cook something a little different, so I used a recipe from a cookbook I've never used before, but that I've been reading: the Pedaling Through Provence Cookbook, by Sarah Leah Chase. This is something called Black Olive and Swiss Chard Tarte, and it was a hit. Next time, I'll blind-bake the crust before adding the filling, but it was quite delicious (if I do say so myself). This photo doesn't show it, but there is a sprinkling of pinenuts on top, as well as the olive.

Tomorrow, we'll see how the greening looks with all the candles lit and the altar set. L is playing for someone's birthday lunch aftward--for payment!


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Anonymous said...

Can I ask why no red for the advent?

tut-tut said...


In our church, Mother B has decreed that red can't make an appearance until Christmas. Advent is the season of waiting.

Though this rankled some on the decorating commitee . . .

angela said...

I can imagine why it rankled. The berries make superbly colourful decorations at this time of year.
The tart looks delicious. Swiss chard works very well this way.
I found this delightful blog yesterday
while browsing where there are great recipes and photos.

deedee said...

I too, prefer to just get things done, rather than linger trying to create a perfect vision. I guess I'll never be an artist...That tarte looks delicious!

Linda said...

I have a recipe for a tart without a crust. It tastes great and it is nice to be able to bake it without the mess of a crust. Let me know if you want the recipe.