‘Tis becoming the season …

.xmas cheese tray

Last night marked the first of a number of Christmas festivities at Loyola House.  The Catholic Teacher’s Association celebrated their annual “Merry Advent Mass”.  As much as the usual peace and silence of this place is a blessing and a balm to the soul … it is occasionally nice to have a house full of laughter and hugs!

We hope to duplicate the experience on Sunday (Dec. 6 from 2 pm – 5 pm) with the Jesuit Community of Guelph’s annual Open House.  It would be nice to see you all here!

xmas cookies

In choosing a recipe for this post, I was looking for something a little fancier – suitable for a party.  This is a recipe I developed in honour of a friend of mine …

 Morel’s Elk Loaf

Sauté briefly, then cook low and slow until translucent …

3 c finely diced onion

2 c finely diced celery

2 T minced garlic

1 T rubbed thyme

2 T coconut oil

 

Cool, then add …

5 lb ground elk

8 eggs

3 c steel cut rolled oats

¼ c chiffonade of fresh basil

¼ c chopped parsley

2 T minced fresh rosemary

2 c crumbled sheep’s feta

1 c diced gran padano parmesan

2 t each of pepper, salt, chipotle sauce

2 T each of Bragg’s, maple syrup

¼ c lemon juice

Mix well with hands, shape into loaves and bake to 170° F.

Let rest 10 minutes before slicing.  I glazed it with Rootham’s Fire-roasted Catsup.

If you can’t get ground elk, this would work well with ground beef as well … local and humanely raised – of course!

Enjoy the season … remember to take care of yourself … and each other.  ❤

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