Daily Archives: May 5, 2016

All My Puny Sorrow Recipes

To all, the schmooa kumpst’ s recipe I found on-line. It originally came from “Mennonite girls can cook”.  As to the swiss chard’s recipe. It’s my own twist on an ole favorite.  You can even make it a tomato base sauce or filling. It’s very playful. It reads complicated but it’s really very fast.  Other then the cooling time, it should take you no more then 30 min. to prepare.

Schmooa kumpst


  • 6 cups chopped or shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup finely chopped dried apple rings
  • 10 prunes — quartered
  • 1/4 cup raisins (optional)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 3 tbsp sugar (less if desired)


  1. Mix fruit and cabbage in saucepan
  2. Mix remaining ingredients and add to fruit and cabbage
  3. Cook stirring until mixture boils
  4. Remove from stove and put into slow cooker — setting on high and cook for 1 1/2 hours. (can also be simmered on stove top – stirring occasionally)
  5. Serve hot immediately or refrigerate and reheat when needed.


Cabbage rolls with a twist 🙂


  • Large to medium Swiss chard cutting stems off. (one per person, instead of cabbage.  I’ve also made this dish using eggplants.  Both really yummy!)
  • I onion
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves (to taste)
  • Tofu (I used a full block of the firm tofu, ground meat can be substituted)
  • 6 to 7 cups of mushroom slices (lots, because I like them 🙂
  • One sliced jalapeño (habanero peppers are delicious too)
  • Half a log of the large goat cheese log
  • Butter and olive oil
  • Salt, pepper, turmeric, curry paste, herbes de Provence (to taste, I put a lot of each)
  • 1 cup of liquids (I used chicken broth low sodium, but you can use whatever you have on hand, even water would work)
  • Parmesan and mozzarella cheese for grilling “au gratin”
  • 2 cups of béchamel sauce ( butter, flour, milk…….more cheese, I also added some apple cider since I had some….)
  • I think that’s it but feel free to play with the ingredients, the spices and herbs. I’ve made this “roll” with a variety of ingredients e.g., sausage meat and/or other ground meats, kale, basil……. It’s a very playful recipe


  1. Melt butter and olive oil
  2. Add onions, garlic, jalapeño and cook for a few minutes
  3. then add spices and mushrooms and cook a bit more
  4. Add tofu and herbs
  5. Stir, you may want to put lid on. Cook for 30 min or so
  6. Near the end of the cooking I added the goat cheese and some chicken broth.
  7. Then allow pan to cool,
  8.  When cooled enough put all ingredients in cuisinart and coarsely blend/chop.
  9. Begin making your rolls using swiss chard’s leaves placing each rolls in a butter/oiled baking dish
  10. Spread béchamel sauce evenly over rolls
  11. Sprinkle on the cheese
  12. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake for 30 min, uncover and grill
  13. Serve hot immediately

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All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews

AMPSThursday April 31 – An Evening at Josee’s


From Karen…

A wonderful, delicious, and life affirming evening.  Thanks Josee for suggesting the book and preparing a lovely meal (check out the recipes on our blog).  As Bev mentioned, “You know when the book choice is a success by the conversation – loud and nonstop!” I couldn’t help but notice that the novel’s subject matter was in stark contrast to the warmth and companionship of last night’s meeting.

And from Erin…

Well of course the evening was pulled off with Josee’s speciale  je ne sais quoi…  autre que sa créativité bien sûr.  The book was an incredibly good read… 

I was immediately plunged into the characters… realizing All My Puny Sorrows is such an incredible description for the human condition… so expansively insignificant but yet deeply and painfully significant to the torment of a human soul. The beauty of the book for me was in the exquisite quality of the relationships… particularly between the author and her sister which stayed a true line through all her pain…

She was a delicate orchid …. exquisite in her talent and intellect… but so fragile in terms of her requirements for surviving the weight of intergenerational trauma.




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Happy 60th Jane!


jane at 60!

May 30, 2016

Happy Birthday to Jane, Wonder Woman!  The bestest, smartest, funniest, bookiest, woman I know.  Loads of love (and admiration) Karen

My best wishes to a most amazing woman. May we all have many many more years to flip through more books all together.  p.s. ” You look marvellous, darling.” 🙂  All my love – Josée

Happy Birthday, Jane. Imagine 60! What a lot of life you have lived and so many lives you have touched. Your bright smile and infectious laugh are like sunshine even at the most challenging of times. A toast to you Jane. Happy 60th and many, many more. Much love…. Bev

Happy 60th Birthday Jane! Welcome to your next decade, you young looking 60 year old. Wishing you all the very best – Love Jill.

“Congratulations  Jane! Welcome to this lofty group of over achievers- the credentials are high but the company is great. Love and best wishes, Moira”

Wishing you all the best Jane!!! Happy birthday. Love Jeanne

Many congratulations to Jane on her upcoming 60th this month.  “Three score”  that makes you a “triple threat” … at east that’s how I like to think of it.  Of course reality hits when I do things like forget my keys, purse, or lose my phone (a regular pattern).  Ha ha… it’s great to have a sense of humour about these things… since there’s no stopping the march of time.  But seriously… you look great… and clearly are at your peak. Cheers! Erin


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