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AURORA ON TOUR
Aurora with students, family and teachers from St Catherine’s,
Singleton and St Joseph’s, Aberdeen mar velling at the
Colosseum whilst on the inaugural Combined Upper Hunter
Catholic Schools European Pilgrimage.
6 field mushrooms
1⁄4 bunch par sley, chopped
1 brow n onion, chopped
5 sprigs fresh thyme, deleaved & chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely sliced
500g button mushrooms , sliced
40 0g Swiss brow n mushrooms, sliced
1 litre chicken stock (homemade if
300 ml thickened cream
Salt and pepper
CREME OF MUSHROOM SOUP
Chef Bar t’s culinar y gifts can be enjoyed
at The Cathedral Café, 843 Hunter St
Newcastle West, 8.30am-2pm, Monday–
Friday. P 4961 0546.
I expect all the scarves and fluffy slippers are well and truly dusted off by now! Here’s
a dish to complement these – a magnificent , delicious, r ich mushroom soup. I use
a combination of mushrooms for layers of flavour. I sometimes add dried Forestier
mushrooms; if you want to use these soak about 1/3 cup of the dried mushrooms in 1/3
cup boiling water for 20 minutes then add with all the other mushrooms. Serve with hot
rolls or toast. Enjoy.
BY MONICA SCANLON
Fraying: Mum, Memory Loss, the Medical
Maze and Me will resonate with many in the
community facing the challenges of caring
for someone who has Alzheimer’s disease.
Michele Gierck pieced together warning
signs that could no longer be dismissed as
her elderly mum ‘just forgetting’. It became
reality that her mum was ‘losing the edge’.
Michele’s diar y entries commenced in 2009
in Melbourne and recorded her navigation of
an unk nown path.
In her personal retelling, Michele recounts
the challenges of being the primar y carer and
advocate for her 88 year-old mother. This
involved obser ving, decision-making and
having to take charge. In order to meet
her mum’s needs, Michele found herself on
a merr y-go-round of paper work , phone
calls, appointments, meetings with medical
teams and discussions on alternative living
arrangement options .
All the time Michele dealt with the medical
maze, she attempted to maintain the
normality of life. The demands of caring for
her elderly mum placed pressure on Michele
and at times she was overcome with guilt for
carr ying on with her life. Michele faced many
frustrations such as her mother confusing
appointment times, complications when she
didn’t accompany her mum to appointments
and her mum forgetting to pay bills or
forgetting to eat.
This honest and candid book is written
with love, wisdom and at times humour.
The book concludes with a chapter on
reflections and resources including “What
I’d have done differently”, “What I wouldn’t
change”, “Conversations wor th having ” and
“ Resources”, and is invaluable for anyone
caring for someone who is elderly and/or has
Michele Gierck Fraying: Mum, Memory
Loss, the Medical Maze and Me, NewSouth
Publishing 2015. This book is available
for loan from the Resource Centre, 137
Broadmeadow Road, B roadmeadow.
E resourcece ntre @ mn.catholic.edu.au . or
P 4902 9100 or view the online catalogue
at mn.catholic.edu.au .
Preheat oven to 160 C.
Place the field mushrooms (stalks up)
on a baking tray and driz zle generously
with oil. Season with salt and pepper
and sprinkle with chopped parsley. Bake
for 12 minutes. Remove from oven and
slice mushrooms thinly, r eser ving one
mushroom for garnish.
Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large
saucepan, add 30g of but ter and sauté
onion , thyme and garlic for about four
minutes. Remove from heat.
In a separate fr ying pan , heat 1 tablespoon
oil and 30g butter then sauté button
mushrooms for about five minutes. Set
aside the mushrooms and their juices
in a bowl.
Repeat process in fr ying pan with Swiss
browns for about four minutes.
Place all mushrooms and liquids in with
the onions . Add stock and cream then
simmer for 15 minutes.
Blend the hot soup with a handheld mixer
or in a blender. If you use a blender only
do small amounts at a time as the heat
of the soup can make it expand and
Ladle hot soup into bowls and swirl
through a drizzle of sour cream. Top with
two slices of the field mushroom and
SR LOUISE GANNON rsj
"'The times are bad! The
times are troublesome !' This
is what humans say. But we
are our times. Let us live well
and our times will be good.
Such as we are, such are our
St Augustine of Hippo
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