Food with a purpose

Following my blog about the classic Mennonite cook book More-With-Less Cookbook (World Community Cookbooks), I have discovered a really interesting site called Mennonite Girls Can Cook. I am impressed with the recipes! Lots of delicious sounding, straightforward and frugal food such as apple slab pies, great northern beans with sausage, mushroom scrambled egg bake and cookie sheet chocolate bars. Lots of the recipes are ‘for a crowd’ so plenty of scope to batch cook and freeze if you are just feeding the family. I can see myself trying a lot of these out!

This is what they say:

We are a group of ten women who share recipes and our faith, with a purpose, inspiring hospitality while using our resources to help needy people around the world.   Mennonite Girls Can Cook is more than just recipes. We encourage you to think about HOSPITALITY versus entertaining. Our hope is that you find the joy in BLESSING versus impressing.  Our recipes are about taking God’s bounty, and co-creating the goodness from God’s creation into something that we can use to bless family, friends and those who need a caring meal.  We take everyday ingredients to make recipes which will nourish, provide energy and delight our taste buds. No matter which way you look at it, wonderful things happen when we gather around the table. While sharing a meal, relationships are nurtured, encouragement and fellowship can be offered and a place of refuge is provided for those who have had a stressful day.

I am not religious, but I do appreciate their message – ‘think about BLESSING versus impressing’, and the simple pleasures to be found in sitting round a table and eating with others. If you prefer a cookbook rather than a website they have some that you can buy: Mennonite Girls Can Cook
and Bread for the Journey: Meditations and Recipes to Nourish the Soul, from the Authors of Mennonite Girls Can Cook being two of them. They donate all proceeds to the work their community does. So, using the cookery books make you feel good twice!

I won’t be trying the sweet recipes until I am eating sugar again. It has been easy to give up so far, but it is only day two :).

Until tomorrow…

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  1. Thank you for sharing about these books. Though I am not Christian, I do appreciate using one’s faith as the backbone of life and service to others as these women have clearly done. I’ll look these up to check availability where I live. Also, thanks to you, I now enjoy the Frugalwoods blog. Like you, I am also a fan of the Tightwad Gazette. As a younger person, that book was extremely helpful. I can also recommend Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin and the late Joe Dominguez. In my experience, it is always a challenge to save and live well and I am still learning. My efforts in the kitchen have always been a bit inconsistent though its often more about the learning than the final product.

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