Saturday, February 27, 2010

Baked Eggplant Parmesean with Alfredo (or in this case, Pink) Sauce

Baked Eggplant Parmesan with Alfredo Sauce
by Rachel Potter and Xaundelle Aguirre

Serving size: 6

Alfredo Sauce

2-3 Cloves Fresh Garlic (minced)

½ cup Butter

2 cups Heavy Whipping Cream

½ cup Fresh Parmesan

Salt and Pepper to taste

Saute garlic in butter. While stirring, slowly add whipping cream; bring to a boil. Add Parmesan and salt and pepper to taste.


3 large eggplant, thinly sliced Dried Parmesan
3 cups Bread Crumbs
Italian Seasoning
1 egg
¼ cup of milk
Sunflower Oil

½ cup m
ozzarella cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

2. Mix breadcrumbs and Parmesan with some Italian seasoning to taste. Mix eggs and milk. Dip eggplant slices in egg mixture, then in bread crumb mixture. Place in a single layer on a slightly oiled baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 5 minutes on each side.

3. In a 9x13 inch oiled baking dish place a layer of eggplant slices. Sprinkle with mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Repeat with remaining ingredients, ending with the cheeses.

4. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Pour ½ alfredo sauce over eggplant and cook for 5 more minutes or until golden brown.

Serve over penne or macaroni pasta with remaining alfredo sauce.

The only thing I did different was add a homemade marinera to the alfredo to make a pink sauce. I had to make it a pink sauce because we did not have half the amount of alfredo needed! A quick and easy save that got high praise from students, interns and staff!

Friday, February 19, 2010

A trip to town...

Monday mornings I work in Mini-Flight School with Chelsea and David. The Lord has been doing so much in the children and also speaking to us, the teacher’s through Hannah’s deeply sought out revelations and God ordained lessons. I once asked Hannah why she was working so hard on the curriculum when there is so much free “Sunday school” material out there. She told me the Lord had really given her a heart and revelation for what He wanted to do with the kids this year and I felt even more inspired to spend these precious moments with the children seeking the Lord for our children.

So a particular Monday Hannah asked us to read Ephesians 5:8 “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.” After we read it we asked the children to close their eyes and ask the Lord to speak to them. Even though they are young (most are under 3) and love to play and be silly, there is a reverence that comes upon them when we pray and silence ourselves before God. After 30 seconds of the children listening, we asked them if Jesus said anything to them. Most of the children said He did and were excited to share visions the Lord gave them or just the simple “hi” from their Creator. It was such a touching moment that we (the teachers) began to cry knowing that these moments will define their lifelong relationships with the Lord.

Everyday has a special emphasis and we write cards and letters to extended members of our community that are no longer here in Cyprus. Later on that day Abigail asked me who had written down Ephesians 5:8 on one of the cards and I told her it was our scripture verse for the day. Abby quickly exclaimed how Ephesians 5:8 was a theme for the worship for the “adults” and God was really speaking to everyone. I was super encouraged by this knowing that God was doing the same in MFS as he was upstairs in the worship room.

The next Tuesday, Serah had many errands to run. I took this opportunity to get some QT with one of the most Godly, serving and loving leaders and favorite friends in my life! With our busy schedule's, running errands together and catching some lunch is a privilege. Serah had a huge list of errands so I decided to follow along with my camera.

We made keys

Saw some of the carnival floats

Paid car insurance
Went to the post office where I got a fabulous shot of Serah mailing a letter. Totally reminds me of France with Rachel Potter pretending to mail letters in a red box...
Went to the bank where I posed next to an ATM.

Took the stairs...

Noticed a guy who wasn't half bad looking. After walking outside I asked Serah if she thought he was a Cyporite. She doubted it for reasons most of you can guess and I said next time we see a good looking man we will ask him if he's Cyporite and if he is we're getting a picture for the blog! Serah dared me to go back in and ask him, knowing full well you can't DARE me to do something if you don't expect me to do it! He ended up being a natural born Cyporite so I took the picture and left him there puzzled!
Somehow Serah read a sign outside this deli/grocer that they had avocados on sale for 1.50 euro a kilo or something we made an unplanned stop for some goodies.
Stopped to get Isaac some material for his newest fundraiser: selling homemade tube scarves. He gave me props for my thread matching skills.

Then we finally went to Angelina's which is a cute little Thai take away restraunt. It really is some of the best thai food in the world. Serah and I always get vegetable green curry with rice, pad thai and the spring rolls. Depending on the weather we usually enjoy it on the beach with some starbucks. Luckily it was sunny out and we were able to keep up with tradition vs. sneaking into the Starbucks and eating upstairs!

I forgot to get an Carrefour and Orphanides picture but we finished up our trip grocery shopping. We reminisced about our days in Geneva shopping at Giante and hoping one day we'll be in France together again! Those were some of the best times of our lives...I had to get a chocolate milkshake and enjoyed it as we drove back up the mountain.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Valentine's Day (staff party)

Here is a photo blog of our Valentine's Day party!

The staff came over and we had hot chocolate, coffee, brownies AND truffles.

Then I taught them how to play A-Z (I'm a natural Vanna White).

It got a bit intense...

But thankfully we all repented and were best friends again! ;)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

A grateful heart.

As I look out my kitchen window and look at the beautiful green mountains, small village homes and busy Sunday afternoon road I am filled with thanks.

The Lord has filled my heart with gratitude this week. Wednesday morning I met Him with a revelation of Yeshua on the cross. Not only was I overcome with thankfulness and praise but I came face to face with the truth of my wickedness and need for the beautiful work on the cross.

The Lord gave me a prophetic song:

Who am I, Who am I?
That you would pour our Your mercy
Who am I, Lord, Who am I?
That you would send your only Son
Who am I, Who am I?
That you would die for me

On Thursday night I was SUPER excited to go up to Knarr’s house and bust in on the intern’s dinner party with her. I went up early with Sietske and Abigail to cook and set up which was totally a blessing for me to get extra time with this wonderful woman in our community.

The Lord has given me a heart for justice and has always spoken to me through the orphan, widow and stranger. He has been really showing me His heart for the widow and the beauty in His love and adoration for her.

Deuteronomy 10:18
He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the alien, giving him food and clothing.

Thursday night we went to serve and receive from a woman who is close to God’s heart. It is not a coincidence that God is using this community to walk alongside 3 widows. There’s so much more and I want to dig deeper!

Knarr made roasted lamb, potatoes and a lemony fresh salad that included fresh mint and lemons that I picked from her garden! The olive oil was even olives pressed from our ministry’s land. She shared her salvation testimony and love encounter’s with the Lord. It was nice to be in a warm home around a dinner table with the interns. Ask and you shall receive! =)

For the erev Shabbat meal I assisted Sarah with an Indian feast! Unfortunately I didn’t get a lot of experience with the Indian spices and how to make her butter chicken…but Michel and I did make some AMAZING Coconut Demi-Cake’s filled with cream cheese frosting.

Other than the mixer being down and having to mix the recipe 6x’s by hand we followed the Martha Stewart recipe as follows:

Makes 2 dozen

  • 3 cups flour (not self-rising)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 sticks (1 1/2 cups) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 2 large eggs and 2 egg whites
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded sweetened coconut
  • Fresh Roasted Coconut, for garnish

Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Cream the sugar and butter together and add eggs, 1 at a time. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet mixture and stir.

Pour the cupcakes into greased and floured cupcake pans. Bake at 200 Celsius (375 Fahrenheit) for about 15-20 minutes. If you’re not sure, you can check them with a knife. It should come out clean! I found a frosting recipe in a Better Home’s In Garden’s cookbook.

2 (3-oz) cream cheese

½ cup butter, softened

3-4 cups powdered sugar

½ tsp vanilla

Pinch of salt

Since our mixer was down we tried mixing the frosting in the blender. It turned into more of a glaze which we would later use for the tops of the “demi-cakes.” Then Sarah suggested trying to make it in the food processor and it worked perfectly! The recipe called for 5 cups of powdered sugar but everyone agreed less is more. The texture and sweetness was perfect! We used Cas’ frosting decorator bag to stuff the demi-cakes with the delicious frosting. We put the hole on top and then one of us rolled the tops of the cupcakes in the glaze and finally in the roasted coconut for garnish.

Lastly, we melted a bowl full of chocolate chips and put the melted chocolate in baking paper that Michel rolled up like a decorating bag. We drizzled the chocolate over the tops for beautiful presentation. Voila!

For Valentine’s Day, the second years and some staff and interns played a very competitive game of soccer. When you get German soccer players together with a French, Scottish and whole bunch of Americans… the game is ON.

Our house took this opportunity to dress up for the occasion and take photos of our fun “soccer attire.” We called ourselves the “Valentine’s” and sported hearts, red and pink. It was fun but today was actually quiet warm and we were all sweaty and miserable in our leggings and knee highs. Haha!

I surprised myself a bit since it’s been a good 10 years since I’ve played soccer…I’m not counting youth group soccer either! I was on “Rebekah’s” team and we lost by 1 point. Our second game Reuben and Joel wanted to play together and we lost 5-2. But it was fun and we were shocked that we even scored on them!

Tonight the staff are gonna celebrate this day of love with hot chocolate, truffles, brownies and coffee. Definitely a European Valentine’s Day for me!