Too much time has passed since my recent blog dating back to September when I paid tribute to our deceased daughter. Since that time, I visited by home town, as the featured photo shows, and I’v had a life-changing event: a new job!
Now, I have been on my new job, which was a move from one department to another at the university where I work for nearly one month. I have gone from social researcher and community educator to another exciting job that works to ensure the success of multicultural students. Now remember, “multicultural” means all cultures! One thing that I’ve realized in my work with the many cultures, ethnicities, and dominant populations these past 25 years is that many think the word, “multicultural” means anyone who is not White and middle-class (in the United States). That means finding common definition or understanding to assure that 1) Every human is from a culture, 2) Everyone has an ethnicity (belonging to a social group that has a common national or cultural traditions), and 3) Every human can find common ground from which to build a relationship. As you can see, I have my work cut out for me.
One thing I didn’t report, here, is that my former work was at an agricultural experiment station in SW Kansas. Now I am on the campus, which is 4.5 hours away. That means sell a house and buy a house. Wish me luck.
So, in terms of friendships that change because they have become long-distance, I have wonderfully close friends in my former town. I will see them often, for now, because I go “home” on the weekends. I am making new friends, too. I will return to my soon-to-be former home this weekend to eat, drink, and be merry with my friends. I love them dearly. I have gone to a few dinner gatherings since being in the town of my new position. Since many of our readers like food, I will share a newly-created appetizer that I took to one of the gatherings.
It’s a fruit, cheese, and nut medley, and I’ve named it, “Fall Colors”.
1 bag of fresh cranberries
1/2 cup (64g) coconut sugar
2 teaspoons (8.5g) Chinese 5 spice
One “log” of goat cheese
1 cup (28g) shelled walnuts
Brandy or vanilla is optional (brandy would be added during cooking and vanilla added when removed from the heat)
To make the compote, chop the oranges (peeling and all) and combine with the other ingredients in a saucepan to cook gently until the liquid comes out of the cranberries and oranges and the compote is thickened. Remove from the heat. If you use vanilla, add it now.
After the compote has cooled, place the goat cheese on a plate, and arrange the compote around the cheese, and top with the walnuts.
When you scoop it up, make sure you have a nice distribution of the cheese, compote and the nuts so that you have the advantage of all the flavors. It goes well with nut crackers, and enhances the taste of red wine. I call it “Fall Colors”, because cranberries and oranges are fresh at this time in the Northern Hemisphere.
Enjoy, and thank you for reading.