Sunday, March 24, 2013

Winter-Comeback and Cooking School

Ten days ago, when I landed back in Brussels, I had expected to see first signs of spring instead of snow again. But I thought this should really mark the end of the winter now. Far from it! When I woke up last night around 1 AM, I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this covering of snow. I learned that the last time that this happened in Belgium was in 1916! So how would the turnout for my cooking class be, which was planned for this morning?

This time, it didn't take place at my home, but in the basement of the church building. I teamed up with the Health Ministries leader of the French speaking church, a physician lady from Bulgaria. We decided to organize this class for both language groups: I would demonstrate some vegan recipes, and she would give a little health talk. There used to be cooking programmes in the past, and thus there is an oven and many utensils at our disposal.

As expected, some people who had signed up couldn't make it (because of the weather conditions and also for other reasons), but some showed up without notifying; so at the end there were six ladies participating. We had to improvise quite a bit, and of course the effort for me was much bigger than doing it at my home, having to bring a lot of things (especially the food items). However, the participants were very open and appreciative. Of course it's a challenge to organize a programme like this, because you never know how many people will come in the end. However, the feedback is always so rewarding; so I think we have to continue!

Anyway, now it's time for spring to come...

At the university premises - no, this wasn't taken in January,
but today, 24 March!

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