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While a monastery might seem an ironic place for honeymooners to lodge, many monasteries support themselves by offering guest quarters, a few of them even allowing romantic cohabitation. Some require guests to observe rules of silence, or to participate in the work and worship of the monks; others merely offer quiet, clean accommodations and good, simple food for body and soul. This recipe would probably serve an entire monastery full of people. – Almostgotit
8 pounds ground chuck
8 onions, chopped
8 14-ounce cans chicken broth
8 14-ounce cans beef broth
8 30-ounce cans diced tomatoes
16 15-oz. cans kidney beans, drained
2 cabbages, sliced
4 pounds carrots, sliced (or baby carrots, cut in half)
3 Tablespoons Worchestershire sauce
6 cups water
Brown beef with onion. Drain well. Add all other ingredients. Bring to a simmer and cook until vegetables are tender, approximately one hour. May add more Worchestershire sauce, garlic, or beef bouillion to taste. No extra salt is needed.
- Vegetarian monks and other romantic types
might prefer this fantastic “Lively up yourself” Lentil Soup recipe from the fab food blog 101 cookbooks.
- Planning your own monastic honeymoon?
Here are a few more monasteries that welcome couples:
Saint John’s Abbey (Collegeville, Minnesota)
Monastery of the Holy Cross (Chicago, Illinois)
Private Island Monastery (Luxurious former monastery on a private island near Venice, Italy)
Buckfast Monastery (Devonshire, England) bonus: besides being in a gorgeous location, the monastery has a restaurant famous for its Devonshire cream teas and treacle tarts!