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Topic: In The Kitchen - deadline 7-19-12 @ 9:59 AM NY Time (07/12/12)
TITLE: Packet Mix Christianity
By Lizzy Ainsworth
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When my husband is home, he likes to supervise my cooking and for good reason, too, after he suffered from a soup in which I had deposited a kilogram of garlic, while cleaning out the freezer, instead of a single bulb! We greatly increased our carbon footprint through methane release that night; the sleeping bag inflated around our ears with toxic gas.
You see, I have declared war on packet mixes, not that they aren’t helpful and quick and easy, just they are full of stuff that I don’t really like, such as preservatives, colours and other nasty stuff masquerading as food. They can be helpful, somewhat nutritious and delicious, just I prefer the more organic stuff, like throwing every vege and fruit in the fridge into the wok; bananas, apples, wombok, pak choy, onion, can of lentils, left over rice, corn, soy sauce, maybe not the fermented grape juice . . . (hmm need to work out how to use that one up)
While I was cooking this cocktail of delight, the thought occurred to me that sometimes we have a packet mix version of Christianity. It is so much easier to read a book than the Bible. It is so neatly packaged and easy to prepare and digest.
It can seem rather difficult to chew over a Bible verse, rather like a lump of bread with cheese than that delicious spaghetti sauce from the packet or jar.
Not that I’m against Christian books; I devour many regularly and with enthusiasm. We must on our guard and check the label for those hidden nasties and keep tabs on our spiritual health. Books must be read with deep discernment, or they can throw you into a bowl of mushroom sauce. I’m sure you know the feeling of clinging to the macaroni while wading to the edge of the bowl, using a carrot stick and climbing out dripping with stringy tendrils of mozzarella.
So while packet mix Christianity is an option, I encourage everyone to dig deep into the Word and throw some verses together for a truly organic lentil soup or smoothie.
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