food – the ‘cornerstone’ of friendship

Rachel is part of Cornerstone Housing Society here in St. John’s, a group that works to achieve housing for adults with intellectual disabilities, in the L’Arche model. L’Arche was started by Jean Vanier, and is now an international organization providing homes and day programs for people with intellectual disabilities. They live together with their assistants, in the “community model” of living, and support one another in faith, friendship, and day to day life. In the Atlantic provinces, four L’Arche communities exist in Nova Scotia and one in New Brunswick. Eventually, the goal of Cornerstone is to become a L’Arche community in Newfoundland. You can find out more about Cornerstone Housing Society at their website here.

If you’re not familiar with L’Arche, or the L’Arche model, this video is from the Homefires community in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, and gives just a taste of what goes on in community on a daily basis:

Cornerstone members meet regularly to share fellowship and food and usually a lot of music and laughter. This week, we were supposed to attend the monthly meeting, which included a potluck supper – an opportunity to cook! – and a trip to Rotary Sunshine Park.

We made a massive quantity of Potato Salad with Cream Cheese and Cheddar Dressing (p. 70 of the big green book). Massive. So much salad, that when the event was cancelled due to poor weather, we had to donate large quantities of salad to our neighbours.

It was a bit ridiculous. The salad was delicious though, rich and creamy, and a perfect snack between classes.

We also tried the Everyday Pancakes (p. 200), with berries.

These are serious pancakes. Not fluffy, crispy edged from-the-box pancakes, but major, heavy on the gluten, cakes of dough.


And of course, appropriately tasty. Filled with raspberries, and covered with Stonewall Kitchen Spiced Rum Butterscotch Sauce. YUM.


I also whipped up some Sugar Syrup (p. 857), with cinnamon sticks. It was watery that morning, but we put it in a jar and when we took it out of the fridge the next day, it was the consistency of thin maple syrup, and a perfectly good substitute.


Pancake batter left overnight makes great next-day crepes, a big hit around here with butter and powdered sugar. You really can’t go wrong.



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