Cleanse me with–Rhubarb?

 

Old timers used rhubarb as a high-fiber cleaning agent. I don’t think they’d ever heard this verse.

Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean. (Psalm 51:7a) (Seriously, rhubarb does make one’s bodily organs move in unexpected ways.)

Rhubarb is more than a fruity pie filling. It’s not a fruit at all, but a vegetable from the buckwheat family. Try it in a stir fry. The trick is to slice it very thin and cook it with a bit of sugar (about three stalks rhubarb to ½ cup sugar) then proceed as usual. When you want to use it in salad, mix it with the sugar and roast it in the oven for a few minutes. Let it cool and use it as a kind of crouton.

This year, I made a rhubarb loaf, but I can’t give you the recipe because I modified it to the nth degree.

Someone bought butter for me (that story to follow!)  I ran out of sugar and borrowed from my neighbour; ran out of milk and used melted cherry ice-cream to replace it. So you see that the recipe might be awkward to follow. You can probably use a white cake mix instead. Just mix one cup of diced rhubarb into the dry mix before you follow the rest of the package instructions.

One recipe or another, it’s good to remember that rhubarb is a cleanser. It’s a reminder that we are to cleanse ourselves from what is not.

So whoever cleanses himself [from what is ignoble and unclean, who separates himself from contact with contaminating and corrupting influences] will [then himself] be a vessel set apart and useful for honorable and noble purposes, consecrated and profitable to the Master, fit and ready for any good work.(2 Timothy 2:21, AMP)

Prayer – Lord, help us follow your instructions to the letter. Amen

Farm Truths

Did you know that chickens will peck each other to death, if they get the opportunity? Canadian chickens are not fed hormones. There is no such thing as a factory farm. That term was created by non-farmers. It takes ten goats to give the same amount of milk as one cow. Male calves are raised with great care and only shipped to market as veal when they reach between 4-700 pounds.

Did you know that the $15.00 or so that we pay for a chicken dinner gives a farmer only a dollar?When food prices go up, the farmer’s share does not? Farmers need to eat, and so do we. They care about their animals and their crops. And if we want to keep eating, we need to care about farmers, farming, and the truth about both.

Then all the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was sixteen years old, and made him king in place of his father Amaziah… And he had farmers and vinedressers in the hills and in the fertile fields [of Carmel], for he loved farming. (2 Chronicles 26:1, 10b, AMP)

Prayer – God, we pray fine weather and good crops for all the farmers who provide our food on a daily basis. Amen

My friend is cautious about food, or rather the preparation of it.

My friend is cautious about food, or rather the preparation of it. These are her words:

“Oh ya. I never ‘maul’ the food. Latex gloves. I buy the big box at the drug store and I wear them when I prepare food. I mean, who wants to eat a salad, thinking about how every piece was ‘man handled?’ Latex gloves and spray bleach. I’m ready, baby!”

How well do you protect your food? I mean, we could talk about raw beef versus cooked here. Or we could get down to real truth. How well do we protect our food, our nourishment?

Jesus said to them, My food (nourishment) is to do the will (pleasure) of Him Who sent Me and to accomplish and completely finish His work. (John 4:34, AMP)

Prayer – Lord, thanks for reminding us that your Word is more than words. Amen

Did you hear that Oregon homeless shelte…

Did you hear that Oregon homeless shelters are getting Canadian geese to eat? Some are up in arms (or shall I say “wings?” The Vancouver Parks Department says that they just find the nests and shake the eggs to control population. Is there really a difference? Those geese are ‘dead ducks’ no matter what!
There is another solution. Geese don’t like swans. Even a few plastic swans scattered around the neighbourhood will deter Goose Do-Do…