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Wow, fun, kind of sad.

Went with Pacer, October and Texyote to a solstice Summer Is A Cumin' In gathering at the local Unitarian Universalist Church. Nice enough ritual, they wrote some of the songs, engaged the audience in a dance, had a lot of great participation, 3.5 stars out of four on audience engagement. Damned good job on that!

But what drew me to the event was the dessert potluck. I made two mocha latte cream pies (urf, still a little hyper...) started heading out the door, and thought "I should bring paper plates, napkins, spoons, and a serving implement."

Thank Aneris that I did.

On the table: Two cakes, four pies. To serve: my little pie trowel (Thanks John and Amanda for that gift :) No plates, no utensils, no napkins brought. Texyote, October and I pretty much commandeered the table, serving the children first, then the adults, and everybody was nicely fooded.

Disorganized religion is a good thing, but do take a page from the proud tradition of the church social--the organizing party brings plates and cups.

Given that I'm something of a control freak, I'm kind of thinking this could be a good home for me. Later on, we and a sweetie named Beth stayed to clean up all the remainders, and brought home some leftover treats, including a loaf of banana bread made by a genuine little old lady (besides myself).

Incidentally, John, my pie trowel broke. (big soulful eyes)

Nice event, will almost certainly go back.

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spottylogic
Jun. 22nd, 2004 05:39 am (UTC)
Re: UU Potlucks...
They seemed pretty free-form and layperson-led, so I'd imagine that they're all pretty singular. Even Christian churches are like that. It was a CUUPS group, and "carefree" summed it up, but thusfar I haven't met a Pagan group that could organize a potluck. It may just be the groups I've been with, or the "control freak" thing again. Though they're a lot of fun as a group :)

I didn't know how to access the church, being a newbie to the area--I could have tried using my Church Sense, but I was too busy slicing cake. Fun, fun...

kt_kat
Jun. 21st, 2004 10:13 pm (UTC)
I would really like to try said pies. We always miss out on your good stuff. T-T
spottylogic
Jun. 22nd, 2004 05:40 am (UTC)
Is that your birthday coming up?
kt_kat
Jun. 22nd, 2004 11:12 am (UTC)
Why yes, yes it is-3 weeks. I almost forgot.
spottylogic
Jun. 22nd, 2004 11:49 am (UTC)
Well, then.
fairy_wench
Jun. 22nd, 2004 12:26 am (UTC)
Mocha latte cream pies? What'll it take to get you to email me that recipie?
spottylogic
Jun. 22nd, 2004 05:36 am (UTC)
Crust: 1.5 C of chocolate vanilla wafer or chocolate graham cracker crumbs (either 30-ish wafers or one package and a few crackers); 1/4 C sugar; 6 T butter (melted), maybe 2 t instant coffee and a splash of Kahluah.

Combine crumbs and sugar in a bowl, then add butter and kahluah. Stir with fork until al moistened. Shape in pie plate, pat down. Bake @350 8-10 min, will need to pat it down again while still warm.

6 T home-ground coffee (ground to a fine powder)
3 C milk
3/4 C sugar
3 T cornstarch
1/4 t salt
4 egg yolks, lightly beaten
2 T butter
2 T kahluah or similer
1 C heavy cream
4 t sugar

In saucepan, add 4 T coffee powder to milk. Whisk together. Bring to a near-boil over medium heat, stiring occasionally. In fine mesh or coffee filter (I use one of the "permanent filters") strain out grounds. Reserve milk.

Rinse and dry saucepan. In pan, mix together sugar, cornstarch, salt. Then whisk in coffee milk and egg yolks. Cook over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil; reduce heat, stir for three minutes longer. STIR CONSTANTLY. Remove from heat, stir in butter and Kahluah, then put a piece of plastic wrap directly on the coffee pudding and let cool for 15 minutes. Remove plastic, stir filling, pour into pie shell a little before serving.

Whip sugar and cream together until it forms soft peaks, then fold in remaining coffee grounds. Serve with pie (I usually use it as a cream topping).

One slice of this will give even a heavy coffee drinker a mild buzz...
lilcreepygrl
Jun. 22nd, 2004 06:54 am (UTC)
Hahaha!
At last! I have the recipe! Now I can take over the world! Just as soon as I find mouse sized rubber pants! Gleep!
spottylogic
Jun. 22nd, 2004 07:13 am (UTC)
Re: Hahaha!
Whoo, I knew it would be bad if that pie fell into the wrong hands...Don't let Ronnie get into it, she won't sleep for days...
knghtsky
Jun. 22nd, 2004 01:46 am (UTC)
Incidentally, John, my pie trowel broke. (big soulful eyes)

Need to consider a more industrial strength serving device... possibly titanium.

BTW, Have had you b-day gifts for a few weeks... need time away from dell to get them to you.. the ones from Edmund Scientific :)
spottylogic
Jun. 22nd, 2004 05:28 am (UTC)
Ooh! Oooh! Jacob's Ladders! I know I can find some use for them in the kitchen!

"More cinnamon!!!!" (zzzzArrk!!)
knghtsky
Jun. 22nd, 2004 12:51 pm (UTC)
Uh Jacob.. don't you mean..

MORE GOLD !!
spottylogic
Jun. 22nd, 2004 01:24 pm (UTC)
Oooh, say it again!
fairy_wench
Jun. 22nd, 2004 04:59 pm (UTC)
AAAHHHHHH!!!! *runs screaming*

Wow...thank you for reminding me, on a super duper crap-fest of a day, of a night I can't ever help but laugh at.
flippantmoniker
Jun. 22nd, 2004 06:26 am (UTC)
You give me too much credit for helping. All I did was Perch out of peple's way ad nibble here and there.. However, I would be interested in making them costume for the Sun God and Summer Goddess for next year.. I think that would really build up some more inspiration.. But that's just me yammering; I'm sure they've got stuff lined up already.
spottylogic
Jun. 22nd, 2004 07:10 am (UTC)
You want me to keep you informed when they're up to things? I'm going to try to attend sundays for a while, I miss structure and people and church coffee.
flippantmoniker
Jun. 22nd, 2004 11:08 am (UTC)
Sure *nodnods* :)
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