On the Monday before Christmas, Dec. 23rd, Northern Basements arrived, right on schedule, to begin their part of the work. The pictures below show how much they accomplished in the first day!
Sept. 23rd: completing the landscaping around the entrance porch on the Northeast corner
Delna Boyce, an experienced cook originally from India, volunteered to put on an Indian cooking class for the Grange, and did a great job! 15 participants learned about recipes, ingredients (and where to buy them), spices and the difference between supermarket spices and “real” ones, ways to include more whole grains, and many “tricks of the trade” for making a list of traditional Indian dishes which she has sold at farmers’ markets. “Delna’s Hits” were hits for the cooks who came to the workshop, and also for the Grange members who enjoyed some of the leftovers at the Community Potluck later that day.
Delna mixes the whole-wheat flour and water for the parathas.
Class members knead the dough.
Delna explains the vegetables cut up for aloo gobi (potatoes & cauliflower).
Participants get their hands into the ingredients.
Frying the pakoras gets started.
Freshly fried pakoras cooling down.
Delna talks about spices–what you can use, and how much: making it taste right to you!
Mixing the ingredients for dal.
Dal ingredients are ready to cook.
Rolling out the parathas and rotis.
Everyone gets into the role, and the rolling.
Green herb chutney, and other ingredients.
Dry-frying the parathas gets started–with many more to follow.
Parathas pile up, ready for cooking.
Aloo gobi goes into the pan for cooking.
Delna starts the cooking of the aloo gobi.
Dinner is served: mango lassi, pakoras, chutney, aloo gobi, rice and dal.
And dinner is enjoyed–and talked about.
Delna’s visual aid for the many kinds of legumes used for dal.
At the Grange Open House on April 1st, 2017 a new art gallery opened in Berlin, featuring art from the collection of Lynn Spencer, Berlin Elementary’s art teacher. In a partnership with Capital City Grange, Lynn found a place to display artworks she has collected since 2002. The storage space in the Berlin Elementary School needed to be emptied due to upcoming reservations, and CCG is happy to show off the colorful, lively and inventive works. Look for an opportunity to come by the Grange Hall to see them in person!