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AURORA ON TOUR
Who needs the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace when
there's a copy of Aurora to read?
CONTRIBUTED BY SR LOUISE GANNON rsj
PRAYER OF SR SHEILA FLYNN OP
Let us be stretched out to the rest of humankind,
embracing them with love, excluding none. Lightening
the burden of all we can. And this with such love in our
hearts we shall grieve there are any beyond our help.Thus
must we turn to outward works so as ever to abide within
- that so our going-out, may be in reality, our coming-in.
Johannes Tauler OP
See Sr Sheila's story on page 20.
2kg free range pork belly
2 tablespoons sea salt
2 teaspoons caraway seeds
1 brown onion, diced
3 cloves chopped garlic
Half red cabbage, sliced
4 tablespoons brown sugar
4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
2 Granny Smith apples
2 tablespoons castor sugar
12 chat potatoes
CARAWAY PORK BELLY WITH
RED CABBAGE AGRODOLCE
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 method of preparing pork belly is quick and easy and gives a delicious, crisp and crunchy result packed with flavour. Pork belly is so
versatile and can be ser ved with almost any side dish such as Asian noodles, rice, mash or cauliflower purée. Agrodolce is a traditional
Italian sweet and sour sauce that melds perfectly with the pork. Ask your butcher for free range pork, well scored. Note, the day before
making this recipe, you pat the pork belly dry and place uncovered onto a tray and into the fridge to dry over night. If your crackling turns
out a rubbery disaster, do not despair. Remove skin from the pork meat and place on foil under the grill until it becomes crackling.
Pat the pork belly dr y and place
uncovered onto a tr ay. Refrigerate
Preheat oven to 220°C degrees. Place
pork belly onto a tray and r ub salt and
one teaspoon of car away seeds deep into
the scored skin (no oil required). Place
into preheated oven for 30 --40 minutes
or until skin has crackled and bubbled
up beautifully. Reduce the heat to about
175°C, rotate pork and cook for a fur ther
Soak the sultanas in hot water for 20
minutes. In a saucepan over medium heat,
sauté diced onion for 5 minutes . Add
garlic and sauté for a fur ther 1 minute.
Add 1 teaspoon caraway seeds and
the sultanas , drained. Stir in the sliced
cabbage. Cook and reduce cabbage by
about a quar ter. Add brown sugar, red
wine vinegar and parsley. Cook, stirring
occasionally, for a fur ther 20 minutes.
In a small frying pan, place thick slices of
peeled and cored Granny Smith apples,
sprinkle over the castor sugar and cook
Remove pork from the oven and allow to
rest in the pan for 20 minutes then car ve
into thin slices.
Pour and scr ape all the juices from the
oven tr ay into a small saucepan. Add a
little water or stock if you have any and
bring to the boil.
Boil chat potatoes.
Place pork and cabbage onto hot plates
and spoon sauce over the top to ser ve.
BY BENITA TAIT
We are pilgrims on the jour ney.
We are brothers on the road.
We are here to help each other.
Walk the mile and bear the load.
Reading Noel Br aun's book, The Day Was
Made for Walking, one soon discover s
why this quote from the hymn, "The
Ser vant Song" by Richard Gillard, is
impor tant to him. In explaining the
reasons people choose to walk "the
long distance footpath", Noel shares
that the Camino became a project
for him following the suicide of Maris,
his wife of 42 years. He states that
he "had to find some meaning for my
suffering". Noel's pilgrimage became a
journey of the hear t and soul in which
he discovered that connections with
others, with the sur rounding world
and with a higher power were more
impor tant than arriving at a destination.
He shares his own awareness of the
ways in which he drank from a "quiet
clear pool of strength" as he battled the
elements, fatigue, pain and endless self
doubts and anxieties. With honesty,
he describes how tear s flowed both
from the joy of completing his goal and
from the unexpected reality that upon
reaching Santiago, he felt his grief for
Maris as intensely as when she fir st
died. As Noel puts it, Santiago is not
the end of his pilgrimage. His jour ney
on the Camino drew him into "an
enor mous community stretching down
the centuries all with the same objective
of searching for something bigger than
themselves". While aware that there
was still a rawness to his grief, one of
the most valuable spiritual insights he
received on the Camino was that "all
creation, all living cr eatures, all people
of all ages ar e interconnected and
interdependent". For Noel, a pilgrimage
is circular -- you come but you don't stay.
You tr avel along a route and arrive at
your goal but the journey continues in
the days , months and years that follow
your retur n. As Noel puts it, "I'll just
continue to be a pilgrim on a journey
and walk on, and on, and ever on."
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