One of the more entertaining events of the Christmas season was welcoming a visitor from a far land into our home for a dinner event ...and not knowing what it was that we were attempting to cook.
It has been a Christmas tradition to prepare one festive meal based on recipes from a selected country.
When my younger son, Paul, suggested Indian food we all rolled our eyes at the thought, but in the end we agreed to try this. He said that he'd contact a friend who would be able to recommend recipes. Before we knew it his friend, Merwyn, was also a dinner guest (and additional chef). Merwyn, a Capuchin postulant stationed in Milwaukee, is originally from Mangalore, India, via Saudi Arabia. Perfect!
to pick up ingredients. Since we were purchasing items that
we've never heard of, the store owners were not only helpful,
We located a package of frankincense sticks in the miscellaneous section of Hindu religious objects. The box description explains that frankenscience is a "a gift of the magic, valued today for its exceptional aromatherapeutic properties. Frankincense brings you the healing power of fragrance." But, we know better. Right? It's not a gift of the magic, but a gift of the magi.
Happy Feast of the Three Kings! 20 C+M+B 14
Many blessings to all in the new year!