December 14, 2005, vol xi, number 12
From left to right: Janet Hansby mixes dough for the sweet bread. Vera Gumbs decorates her sweet bread. Instructor Blanche
Mills, left, and Jackie Jeffries with the finished products.
CES Sweetens the Holidays with Baking Workshops
It was an unusual fragrance coming from a UVI office
building the sweet smell of baking goodies signaling the be-
ginning of the holiday season. But for four people it signaled
their ability to prepare a delicacy that is a staple of the terri-
tory during this time of the year the sweet bread. Those
four people were students in a Cooperative Extension Ser-
vice (CES) Holiday Baking Workshop held early in Decem-
ber on the UVI St. Thomas campus.
As the students measured, mixed and kneaded they talked
about various Caribbean recipes with ExtensionAssistant and
Instructor Blanche Mills. And of course there was the ques-
tion: "What is the difference between sweet bread and fruit
cake?" Mills explained that the recipe for the sweet bread
calls for more flour, making it more doughy, while the fruit
cake uses less flour and more fruits.
As they worked they spoke about how happy they were
to learn the art of making the sweet bread and who all they
would make a sweet bread for during the season. But one
student was on a different mission learning to make black
cake. When they were through with their mixtures, each put
a small amount into a tester, then put the tester in the oven.
"This was fun," Jackie Jeffries said as she waited for the
tester to finish baking. "It was a whole lot better than staying
at home and trying to do it yourself, wondering if you're doing
the right thing," she said. "I've always wanted to do this (at-
tend the workshop)."
Vera Gumbs always wanted to learn to make sweet bread
too, so much so that she tried it herself. But it didn't come out
exactly the way she wanted it to. So this year she decided to
attend the baking workshop.
"I know how to make sweet bread," declared Dr. Utha
Williams, UVI's interim executive director for Global and
Graduate Education. "I wanted some guidance with black
cake," she said. "I had been wanting to try it for years," Dr.
Williams said, explaining that she has a recipe from the late
Gertrude Melchior that was published in a local newspaper.
That recipe, she said, would serve 60 people, so she needed
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Holiday Baking Workshop
Campus Holiday Party
Campus Holiday Party
Physical Plant Party
UVI Closed for Holidays
Jessie Clark's Memorial
Joe Sample Concert
Tis the Season for... Party
In celebration of the holiday season
There will be parties on both campuses. l e P R
I The 2005 Physical PlantAnnual Christ-
Smas Party will be held beginning at noon
on Dec. 21. In addition, the Offices of
the President, the Provost and the Cam-
pus Executive Administrators will hold
a Holiday Party on each campus. The
St. Thomas campus party will be held
from 2:30-4:30 p.m. on Dec. 20 in the
e- o t. SDining Pavilion. The St. Croix campus
Physical Plant Manager oi., M Martin, serves party will be held from 3-5 p.m. on Dec. Lois Rivera of the Public Relations Office
apple cider at the Physical Plant 2004 Annual 21 in the Cafetorium.. and William Henderson of Physical Plant
Christmas Party on the St. Thomas campus. dance.
help in cutting the recipe.
In the end, the students were excited about their final
products and looked forward to future workshops.
The free Holiday Baking Workshops continue on the St.
Croix campus as follows:
-- Sweet bread Dec. 14, 2005: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
-- Tarts and Christmas drinks Dec. 15, 2005: 10 a.m.
to 3 p.m.
The workshops will take place in room 134 of the UVI
Research and Extension Center on UVI's St. Croix campus.
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Check: A discussion ofhip-hop culture, was presented by the vice on the St. Thomas campus at 693-1080 or the St. Croix
students of the Humanities Senior Seminar. The seminar, a re- campus office at 692-4080.
quirement for ,.I. h,,-,. ,, must be taken for two semesters.
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on the theme "C ,,ra g Cultural Cohesion One Artistic Ex-
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