Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Let It Snow
this morning and all day
continued, its white
calling us back to why, how,
whence such beauty and what
*Note: Don't miss the bonus recipe below!
It was an almost completely dry & depressing December for Detroit. Still cold, but nothing to show for it. Locals tell us the average snowfall is 9 inches for the month. They also tell us that the historic polar vortex arctic snow blizzard started last year on January 4th too. We are hoping for a bit of moderation this year. What joy it is to look out the window and see white (above: the entrance to St. Peter's on Tuesday morning). Surely, a novelty...for now.
9 degrees at 7am…headed to the soup kitchen on Tuesday morning:
Lindsay spent a lot of time in this spot right here over the past couple of weeks. She's been plagued by a treacherous cough and congestion...
…and she moved into some new cavernous office space at the church:
As we spend a little bit more time hibernating during these frigid winter months, we are still reminded of desperate poverty with scenes like this, just a half mile from the church--a tent city surviving between the interstate and Michigan Avenue:
Cecil Avenue Chew (a wintry mix between chili and stew)
• 2 potatoes (cut in bite sized chunks)
• 2 cans of black beans
• 1 onion, chopped
• 5 cloves garlic, minced
• 3 tomatillos, diced
• 2 green bell peppers
• 1 carrot, diced
• 1 jalapeno, diced
• 1 lime, squeezed
• A handful of cilantro, chopped
• 1 bottle of beer
• 1 Tablespoon chili powder
• ½ teaspoon cumin
• 2 vegetable bullion cubes
• ½ cup of brown rice
• ¼ cup of bulgur wheat
• 2 Tablespoons olive oil
• 4 cups of water
*Throw ALL of this into the crockpot and return in 5-6 hours. Salt to taste. And remember: the goal is to go organic & local as much as possible…without breaking the bank! This goes best with a prayer that originates somewhere in Latin America:
God, for all those who hunger, give them bread; and for all of us who have bread, give us a hunger for justice. Amen.