Caring Place Potluck 2007

The Caring Place Community Kitchen sessions for 2007 ended early this year on 15th November. This is because the kitchen is fully booked for Christmas-related events even five weeks before the Christmas. You know, I feel that Christmas starts earlier every year.

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We had a potluck, as usual, to celebrate the closing of this year’s program. It is always great to enjoy each other’s food and chit chat about everything under the sky. I am going to miss meeting the ladies for the next couple of months. Anyway, here is what we had brought to share for the potluck.

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Stella made some Banana Apple Walnut Muffins. The large pieces of walnuts studded from the top of the muffins make it very interesting.

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Minoo made Lubria Polo which she had demonstrated in the Gilmore Park Church Community Kitchen. (more…)

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Chinese New Year Potluck at Caring Place

Due to the busy schedule during Chinese New Year, the Caring Place and Gilmore Church Park community kitchen have a joint potluck during the Chinese New Year week instead of having two separate cooking classes with low participation.

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Potluck is always a great way to enjoy a variety of food. More so when we have a multinational group. From left, Minnie (Korean), Lorna (HongKonger), Angela (Chinese), Jenny (Taiwanese), Minoo (Persian), Mable (Chinese???), Jean (Canadian) and Forough (Iranian).

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Lorna brought a big platter of fishballs and meatballs with sar char sauce and soy sauce for dipping. The sar char sauce is too spicy for some people but not for me. Lorna also brought a plate of finger food made from cherry tomatoes and grapes stuffed with cheese and dried prunes. I especially like those stuffed with dried prunes.

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Gilmore Community Kitchen Potluck

Here is another end of the year Potluck post. I promise this is the last one. 🙂

The Gilmore Park Church community kitchen also ended the year with a potluck. Potluck is a great way to share a variety of food especially when we have people from different cultures.

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Tanni shared with us some pork satay. The pork satay was quite spicy and flavourful. You know, in Malaysia there is no such thing as a pork satay. This is because Satay is a Malay (Muslim) food and they don’t touch pork at all. I would love to have some peanut sauce to go with it just the the way it should be.

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Martha made Japchae for the potluck. She told us that wood ear is a very important ingredient for the Japchae because it gives the dish the crunchiness.

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Minnie shared with us a Korean seafood and chives pancake. The pancake goes with a soy dipping sauce with peppers and green onions. (more…)

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Peace Mennonite Community Kitchen Potluck

I visited the Peace Mennonite Community Kitchen before the end of 2006 for the first time. There are five Cooking Clubs in the city of Richmond. I had been attending three of the cooking clubs regularly. They were having a potluck to end the session of 2006. Good timing!

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Here are some of the dishes shared by the members of the kitchen.

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Andrea brought a Spelt Salad, crunchy and healthy.

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Tito made a Cassava Cake. A soft, sticky and sweet dessert. This is a bit too soft for the type that I am accustomed to. I had actually made this a few days ago and will blog my version which is firmer. (more…)

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Caring Place Potluck 2006

It’s coming to the end of another year. The Caring Place Community Kitchen ended this year’s sessions with a potluck. No cooking demonstration this time, just everyone coming with food to share.

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This is a small group but have one the strongest supporters. The numero uno and the assistant group leader of the entire Richmond Cooking Community Kitchen is from this group. From left, Shaker, Angela, Minoo, Jean, Betty, Yvonne and me.

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Jean, who always cooks the most and creative dishes, made 3 dishes to share. I am always amazed with her ability to think of so many varied types of food to cook.

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The Chicken Pot Pie was flaky and had creamy rich sauce in the fillings. (more…)

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Richmond Community Summer Open House

The Richmond Community Based Programs with includes Community Kitchens, Success by Six and Nobody’s Perfect Programs held a Summer Open House on the 15th June, 2006. There are 2 open houses in a year, once in winter and another in summer.

The guest of honour was the mayor of Richmond, Malcolm Brodie. All the leaders of the community kitchens and volunteers who made this happen were presented with flowers as an appreciation. A big applause for Minoo who is the coordinator of the Richmond Community Kitchens.

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From left: Lancy, Minoo, Julie, Vanessa, Mayor Malcolm Brodie and Tanni.

The high light of the open house is the potluck. Each family brought their favourite dish. There were two long tables setup for the buffet and the tables were full of delicious food.

Here are some of the dishes:

Beef Samosas with some chilli dipping sauce.

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Swiss rolls, I believed this is from Andrea of South Arm Community Kitchen.

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Smoke Salmon appetizer.

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Chinese New Year Pot Luck

Time flies when you are among friends.
~ Basque Proverb

Today is Chap Goh Meh, which is the final day of the 15-day Chinese New Year celebration. A few of our friends from Malaysia and Singapore met together at Eric and Sabrina’s new home. We last met together last summer — it’s good to meet again to celebrate the Chinese New Year together.

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Eric made three main dishes. He made a fried bee hoon, yam cakes and pineapple tarts. He always impresses us with his cooking. Sabrina is such a lucky girl.

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Polly made curry chicken and potato. She thoughtfully made two versions: one spicy one and another milder one for the kids. It was rich and thick — very nice. It never goes wrong to have spicy dishes for our group. Polly uses the Prima Taste brand.

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