On February 27, 2022, members of St Mary Magdalene Church (Chelsea) and Church of the Good Shepherd (Wakefield) gathered with friends from near and far on Zoom for an Ethiopian dinner in celebration of Black History Month.  The guests of honour were Rev. Canon George Kwari and his wife, Epiphania.

The dinner was a “take-out” meal from the Blue Nile Restaurant in Ottawa. Tsedey Kassa, the owner of the Blue Nile Restaurant, offered both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. She filled 38 orders that included such specialities as Doro Wat (chicken with berbere sauce), Alicha Wot (a beef stew), Michet wot (winced meat with berbere sauce ), Yater Kik ( split pea stew), Yemisir wot (spiced red lentils),  and Shuro Wot (chick pea stew) . The meals were accompanied with injera, a staple of Ethiopian and Eritrean cuisine that is a sourdough flat-bread made from teff flour. Unlike potatoes or rice, injera has the distinction of being a staple that can be used as both a plate and a utensil. Misgana and Merhawi Haile, originally from Eritrea, joined us on Zoom to demonstrate how to use pieces of the injera to scoop up our meals into our mouths with our fingers, rather than use a knife and a fork. Tsedey Kassa also joined us wearing a beautiful traditional Ethiopian dress. We raved to her about her delicious cooking and thanked her for all her hard work. 

After the meal, Canon Kwari, who is the Rector of St Stephen’s Church in Ottawa and is originally from Zimbabwe, spoke to us about the importance of Black History Month. 

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