A New November!

veg tray Nov 2018

Hello, hello again!  After a year’s hiatus, we’re back with more news, recipes and pictures.   Take a moment to admire a selection of the marvelous vegetables from the tireless folk from our organic farm.  The purple radish in the centre is possibly my favourite vegetable in creation … they taste as good as they look!

We have just finished the annual 40 day silent retreat.  I promised one of the stalwart participants the recipe for Chocolate Orange Cake.  This is no hardship … as it is one of my favourite desserts. It is also a handy recipe to have in your repertoire as it contains no eggs or dairy.  In my mind, I call it “Brendan’s Cake” after our friend Brendan McManus, SJ who took his Final Vows in the chapel at Loyola House.   We served this cake at the ceilidh that followed.

Chocolate Orange Cake

Mix thoroughly …

2 1/4 cup all purpose flour

1 1/2 cup sugar

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

pinch of salt

1 cup chocolate chips (a little more would be ok too …)

Mix …

1 1/2 cup orange juice

1/2 cup vegetable oil

zest of 1 orange (zest of 2 oranges would be ok too …)

2 Tbsp lemon juice

1 Tbsp vanilla extract

Mix wet ingredients into dry and stir until smooth but do not over mix.  Oil a 9 inch by 13 inch pan and bake at 350 F until done – about 35 minutes.  It is best to line the bottom with parchment paper … all that chocolate has a tendency to sink and stick whilst baking!

Let sit in the pan for 10 minutes. Run a knife around the edges to loosen the cake and invert it onto a cooling rack.  When it is cool, you can ice the cake, but it is so moist and rich that it really doesn’t need icing.  If you are in the mood for an extra hit of chocolate (and you think your guests deserve it), topping with ganache is fairly decadent.  Simply melt together 1 cup of good bittersweet baker’s chocolate and 6 oz whipping (35%) cream in a double boiler (or in a metal bowl over simmering water), stirring constantly. When it is perfectly smooth, remove from heat and drizzle over the cake.  Or you can let the ganache cool to a spreadable consistency and apply it with a spatula.  Enjoy!

Last night was the third and last of 2018’s Taste of Diversity dinners.  For this gala, we returned to Italy – many thanks to the wonderful volunteers who planned the menu and did the cooking and decorating for this splendid evening!

TOD Nov 2018

(And thanks to our wonderful Director of Operations, Lisa Calzonetti, for the photo .. I never remember to take pictures.)

Next year, we will be holding three Taste of Diversity dinners. On March 5, we will be celebrating Shrove Tuesday.  November 13 will be “A Return to Italy”.  May 22 – as yet – has no destination!  So if you have a nationality to request and would like to get involved, please let us know.   If you are interested in tickets for any (or all) of these dinners … act fast!  They have been selling out weeks in advance for years.  Contact officecoordinator@ignatiusguelph.ca and our wonderful staff will set you up.

Until next time, be safe, be warm, and take care of each other!  ❤



8 thoughts on “A New November!

  1. Alana Forrester says:

    Hi Susan,The tables looked gorgeous last night. I must attend the November meal. Have been to others. Thanks for the recipe. Alana

  2. L FUNK says:

    Thanks, Susan. Nice to hear from you again. This looks delicious!

  3. maria.brown@rogers.com says:

    So good to hear from you again Susan, and it was wonderful to see you last night, doing all the great things you do. Be well. Maria


  4. Roger Yaworski says:

    Susan Great blog. The three dinners this year are: Ukraine 🇺🇦 Italy 🇮🇹 England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿


    Sent from my iPhone


  5. Hazel Wills says:

    Hi Susan
    Lovely to hear from you again, I hope to try out the recipe, it looks good.
    You have a busy schedule as usual and is that snow I see in the picture? The dining area looks really good too. How I should love to be one of the diners. Will be thinking of you.
    Lots of love,

  6. Gail Guy says:

    We do appreciate receiving your posts…please change my email address to sgguy@kingston.net

    thank you


  7. Marilyn Merikangas says:

    It is so good to receive your news and recipes again Susan. I was one of the October retreatants and remember the delicious and beautiful purple radishes. I just gazed at them. Thanks for the recipe. I’ll try it. I send greetings to you from Maryland, USA.
    Marilyn Merikangas

  8. Hazel Wills says:

    Hi Susan Due to this machine playing up I cannot look up if I replied to your latest email. Very impressed with all your doings, you certainly are busy.. I believe you asked for a picture of the garden here to be sent to Julie, I shall try to find one to send her. Oh your snow! We are still free of it here, being near the South coast means we hardly ever get any. Just a sprinkling. That might be enough to make it really deposit the flakes this year! Never mind, we have a cosy and warm bungalow, so should be OK. Lots of love and good wishes From Hazel and Geoff

    Sent from my iPad


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