This year I have volunteered to plan the refreshments for the monthly meeting of our church's Women's Missionary meeting. My friend Carol and her daughter Ashley are also helping. Ashley is in fourth grade and was a great help in setting up and she even wanted to bid each of the ladies farewell as they left the meeting. 🙂
Our speaker this month was Mimi B. from Spain. Here she is with our former pastor's wife:
My friend Theresa who lived in Spain for many years told me that the Spanish people don't eat a lot of sweets and suggested that we serve almonds and an appetizer called Tortilla de Patata, which is basically a potato omelet. She said they are normally cooked on the stove top in a skillet and then cut into small pieces and served on a small slice of French Bread. I found quite a few recipes which could be baked in the oven which was easier for a large group. I practiced a couple of times and Rob and I really liked this dish cut into pieces and eaten as a meatless entree. It also reheats well.
Here is the recipe I used:
Tortilla de Patata (Baked Potato Omelet)
4 red skinned potatoes
2 Tbsps. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 green onions, sliced
1/2 cup diced red pepper
1/2 cup diced green pepper
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 Tbsps. snipped fresh chives or 1 tsp. dried
salt and pepper
Boil potatoes until tender. Cool briefly and then peel and slice about 1/4 inch thick. Set aside. Spray a 2 quart casserole with cooking spray and set aside. Heat oil in skillet and cook onion, garlic, and peppers until onions are translucent. Let cool briefly and then stir in potatoes. In a bowl beat together eggs, sour cream, parmesan, chives, salt, and pepper. Fold in vegetables and then pour into baking dish. Bake at 375 degrees for about 40 mins. or until lightly browned and set in the center. Let cool a bit before serving. To use as an appetizer I lined the pan with foil and greased it so I could turn the tortilla out onto a tray and cut into squares. The bottom was nicely browned.
Our Women for Missions group has been a great blessing in my life. Nearly every month we have a speaker who opens her heart and shares details of what her life is like in the place where she serves. This enables us to pray more effectively for her and her family and it also often shows us how women all over the world face the some of the same struggles and concerns. Mimi shared with us this month that two areas that she has struggled with recently are the areas of contentment (particularly with her circumstances and stage of life) and gratitude. These are certainly areas that plague all of us as women. She told us two things which have helped her are practicing joy and having right responses.
If your church has a missions group I would encourage you to get involved. You can help to encourage those who are serving others in sometimes difficult places, and you will be greatly blessed by meeting and getting to know more about them and the ministries the Lord has given them.
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