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4 x medium Desiree potatoes
1 bunch Italian parsley, chopped
200g smoked salmon
260g rocket leaves
20 baby capers
1 tablespoon horseradish cream
1/3 cup thick cream
Salt and pepper
AURORA ON TOUR REVIEW
There are plenty of books to read in the Long Room, Trinity College,
Dublin -- and then there's Aurora!
CONTRIBUTED BY SR LOUISE GANNON rsj
RECIPE FOR GRATEFUL LIVING
Stop! So that you will not hurry past the gift this moment offers you.
Look! So you will recognise this gift: the opportunity available now.
Go! Do something with this precious opportunity!
POTATO ROSTI WITH SMOKED SALMON AND
PARMESAN AND ROCKET SALAD Chef Bart's culinary gifts can be enjoyed
at The Cathedral Café, 843 Hunter
St Newcastle West, 8.30am-2.00pm,
Monday-Friday. P 4961 0546.
This is a very simple dish to prepare if you are short of time but want something big on taste. You can make it for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
The rosti ser ved on its own with a tiny drizzle of tomato sauce is a real winner with small children.
To make the rosti: Coar sely gr ate potatoes and
divide into 4 equal por tions.
Heat some oil in a ver y hot heavy-based skillet
or frying pan. Drop in por tions of gr ated potato
and flatten out with a fork or spatula to 1cm thick.
Sprinkle with salt, pepper and parsley.
Keep moving rosti around in the pan so they don't
stick. Cook until a golden cr unchy cr ust has formed.
Tur n over and repeat until cooked through.
To make the salad: Combine finely sliced pear with
rocket leaves, par mesan and caper s. Drizzle a little
ex tr a virgin olive oil over the salad.
Make the dressing by combining horseradish cream
and cream, and season with salt and pepper.
To ser ve, place rosti on plates, top with salad and
smoked salmon. Drizzle with hor ser adish dressing.
BY CARMEL MOORE RSJ
Imagine your self sitting in a doctor's
surger y fear ful of hearing the dreaded
'bad news'. With what tumult of emotions
and unans wered questions are you
grappling? Paul Kr aus has compiled a
mar vellous collection of antidotes for
this condition, offering consoling paths
to positive emotions as he char ts the
way through pain and suffering with the
help of faith, hope, love and laughter.
He brings his philosophical mind and
creative skills to the task of presenting
his thoughts in an orderly fashion, not
over simplifying the hard stuff and always
writing with conviction and good taste.
He is qualified for the task in many ways,
not least that he has faced this ter rible
situation on three tr aumatic occasions.
Reading and enjoying In Good Spirits,
I r ealised I was obser ving how a
committed Christian throws light on
suffering and healing. Paul focuses on
such good spirits as hope, freedom,
happiness, forgiveness and delight in
music, all built on the foundation of a
profound belief in God's love for us
in any situation. "Healing", he says, "is
related to the ability to give and receive
Paul calls on some ver y well known
writers whose reputations for the
endurance and tr anscendence of suffering
are inspiring. They are the people we can
sit with in order to share those poetic,
even mystical, moments out of which
their spirits grew. He quotes for example
Charles de Foucauld saying "The darker
the night of suffering, the more r adiant
the life of pure love that emerges from it."
Paul advocates meditation as a source
of self-knowledge where the wisdom
within will lead us to balance. There is
much pr actical advice too in the stories
of people who changed to a healthier
lifestyle as they assessed where their
cur rent pathways wer e leading them.
This is not a book to read from cover to
cover but one to treat as a companion
in difficulties, one to consult as the
questions arise. Paul writes with the
conviction of one who ha s spent many
year s seeing what helps and what
hinder s on the jour ney to health, and
with the cour age of someone who
per severed in adver sity. I commend Paul
Kraus for sharing with us what can be
a lonely pathway and I recommend his
book to you.
In Good Spirits, Harnessing the
Power of Positive Emotions by Paul
Kraus is published by Michelle
Anderson Press, 2014. You are
welcome to the launch of In Good
Spirits at St John's Anglican Church,
Cooks Hill, on Tuesday 29 April
Brother David Steindl-Rast OSB
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