The Land Beyond the Forest 10
Márta was in the kitchen chopping celery,and carrots along with mincing parsley and garlic when Andrei walked in the door. “My it smells enticingly delicious in here. What is my dear one concocting in here with her lovely hands?”
“I'm making a big pot of lentil soup. Enough for twelve hungry people.”
“Are you having company?” inquires Andrei with a grin.
“No. Did you forget about the dinner at the orphanage? Once a month you and I along with Sue, Jim, Shelly and George will donate a meal for twelve. You better not have forgotten your part in making bread or I'll paddle you good!” scolded Márta.
Andrei laughed and picked Márta up, twirled her around then kissed her gently on both cheeks.
“My dearest Márta I was up early before dawn mixing coarsely ground wheat and corn flour along with yeast. Right now my kitchen has an earthy smell of rising bread. I have four bread pans, two cup cake pans and one long pan out ready to be filled after the third punching of the dough. I am hoping to use the long pan to make a braid if I have enough dough.”
Sue and Jim are combining their talents by making four pork roasts with cracklings. Jim picked wild mushrooms yesterday and will make three gallons of gravy to go with lots of mashed potatoes topped with fresh parsley.
Shelly and George are busy collecting jars of their pickled red and green chili peppers, pickles, jams and jellies to bring. They also have made plenty of cakes dusted with powdered sugar along with dozens of molasses cookies. I will also make a simple green salad with vegetables.”
“The children will be so happy to see us. Every time it is our turn they have their sweet drawings for me. I have kept every one of those beautiful pieces of art.” replied Andrei.
“I also have the pot holders and dish towels they make for me. At first I saved them but now I use them with love'” said Márta.
In the door came Shelly and George bringing in a half dozen of molasses cookies. “We thought a coffee break might be made and a test taste on the cookies, if you have time.” laughed George.
Sue put the coffee on while Márta finished placing the items for soup went into the pot with lentils and ham.
The friends talked about the children while they had their coffee break. They also kept and used the items the children had given they.
That afternoon when the bread was baked and soup done the four went off to deliver the delicious meal. They met Sue and Jim there delivering their food. The children and their caregivers were there gratefully accepting this delicious meal. The children were loved.
You are special,
know how to give
a family to make
©Julia A Knaake