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September 3


Saint of the day:
Saint Phoebe

 Means “bright” or “radiant
She was a deaconess

Saint Phoebe's Story

Phoebe (1st century) was a deaconess of the Church at Cenchreae, the port of Corinth. She was recommended to the Christian congregation at Rome by St. Paul, who praised her for her assistance to him and to many others. She may have brought Paul's epistle to the Romans to Rome with her. Her feast day is September 3rd.


Apostle Paul used the Greek prostatis —translated as "benefactor" in the NIV. The NAS New Testament Greek Lexicon translates it: a female guardian, protectress, patroness, caring for the affairs of others and aiding them with her resources. The term has also been compared to patrona. This suggests that Phoebe was a woman of means, who, among other things, contributed financial support to Paul's apostolate, and likely hosted the house church of Cenchreae in her home, as well as, provide shelter and hospitality to Paul on those occasions when he stayed in the town.





Lydia of Thyatira, Baptistery of St Lydia




We are celebrating with a mediterranean recipe because our Saint has ties to there.


Stuffed baby aubergines (eggplant) in a tomato and yoghurt sauce



  • 12 baby aubergines

  • 50g pine nuts

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 1 onion, thinly sliced

  • 300g minced lamb (preferably lean)

  • 1 pinch of cinnamon

  • 2 tomatoes

  • 2 tbsp tomato paste

  • 250ml water

  • 1 pinch of sugar

  • 1.5kg yoghurt

  • 3 tbsp tahini

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

  • 125ml water

  • ½ tsp salt

  • ½ tsp white pepper

  • 200g Arabic pitta bread

  • 30g fresh parsley, chopped

  • 30g toasted almonds (optional)

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • vegetable oil and butter for frying


  1. Cut the top off the aubergines and peel off a few strips of skin, leaving only some of the skin on. This should reduce any bitterness.

  2. Heat a frying pan over low heat, add a little vegetable oil and the aubergines. Cover and toss the pan around occasionally to get an even fry on all sides. Depending on the size of the aubergines, this can take anywhere from 20to40 minutes. They are ready when they are tender when poked with a fork.

  3. In the meantime, heat another frying pan over a medium heat, add a little oil and butter and fry the pine nuts until golden brown. Place them on a plate lined with paper napkins.

  4. n the same pan, add the finely chopped onions and cook until translucent before adding the minced lamb and cinnamon. Cook the meat for about 5 minutes or until it is done, add half the pine nuts and season with salt and pepper. Set aside and keep warm.

  5. In a saucepot, bring water to a simmer and gently drop in the tomatoes. Let them simmer for 60 seconds, remove them and, once cool enough to handle, peel, deseed and dice the tomatoes.

  6. Emptying the same saucepot from the hot water, add a little oil and the thinly sliced onions and cook them for a few minutes before adding the tomato paste. Cook for another minute before adding the diced tomatoes, a pinch of sugar, and salt and pepper to taste. Add the cup of water, bring to a gentle boil, cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes stirring occasionally.

  7. In a bowl, whisk the yoghurt, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, water, salt and pepper. Set aside.

  8. Cut the pitta bread into small squares or break it up using your hands. Heat a frying pan with a little oil and butter, and toast the bread until golden brown. (If you prefer, you can toast them in the oven, but this has more flavour.)

  9. Once the aubergines are ready, cut a long vertical opening in the middle and stuff them with the meat and pine nut mixture.

  10. Using a deep and large serving plate, assemble the dish by starting with the toasted bread, top with the yoghurt, then the tomato sauce, place the aubergines on top, sprinkle with the remaining pine nuts (and almonds if you desire) then sprinkle the parsley on top.

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