The God of the Chocolate Cake

Image result for chocolate cakeHave you seen the video of a group of 5 and 6 year old’s placed in a setting with a chocolate cake and told not to eat it?  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRx3eOWC2l4)

What immediately jumps out at me is that the girls show a bit more restraint than the boys (so much for Eve really being the antagonist in THAT story).

However, misogyny is not my point at the moment.

I have been a Christian for quite some time now, decades to be exact. And as of late, I have been becoming a more “progressive” believer. Unraveling my clinched-fist, oh so tightly held beliefs bit by bit, story by story is exhilarating, breath-taking and a bit fearful.

But, onto the chocolate cake.

I have finally given myself permission to question stories that I have been told.

One such story is the Garden of Eden story.

Even before I began letting go of my fundamentalist roots, I did wonder what kind of God would put his very first children in a situation to fail. And fail miserably at that.

Since I had been taught that the God of Christianity is an omnipresent God and that HE knows everything, even before “it” happens, then this story begs the question of “why”? Why did God set the first two humans up for failure? Since logically, God knew it was going to become a complete debacle.

I would hope that something has been lost in translation here or this very first glimpse of  God and humanity looks really dark and psychologically abusive.

In other words, would a loving God set his first two children up for failure?  Today we would call that really bad parenting, bordering on psychological child abuse.

And yet, almost all Christian beliefs put the blame on the children, Eve to be exact.

“Well, Eve had a choice, she could have frolicked naked through all of Eden picking delicious fruit from all of the other trees, but no, she had to go and pick the “forbidden fruit”. Shame on her, and shame on Adam for going along with this debauchery.

Thus, basically, that she-devil Eve, set all of humanity up to fail. And she set all of woman-hood up to take the fall, followed by millenniums of female subordination.

FOR EVAAAA.

End of story.

Why would a loving God create humanity to keep him company and then put them in a “don’t eat the chocolate cake” situation. If we can step back, take a deep breath and look at that story with fresh eyes……

Does it have the ring of truth to it? Can we peacefully accept that a truly perfect God would do such a thing? Why are we so afraid to ask questions?

Here is a question for parents:

Would you put your own children in a situation of temptation (and certain failure)? Would you then punish them with untold horrors because they did exactly what you  KNEW they were designed to do? Which of course, is to act on their very human nature.

Or is this interpretation of God a man-made construct?

It has been said that God did not create us in his image, we have created God in our image.

Peace.

 

 

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Crispy Seltzer Waffles (From The Wicked Wisk, via Gourmet Today)

 A Yummy Holiday breakfast, Crispy Seltzer Waffles

Adapted from Gourmet Today

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tbs sugar

2 tsp baking powder

slightly rounded 1/2 tsp salt

4 tbs (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled

2 large eggs

1 3/4 cups (14 fl oz) seltzer or club soda (from a new bottle)

cooking oil for brushing waffle iron

To Make:

Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.  Add butter, eggs, and seltzer and whisk until smooth.  Lightly brush a very hot (preheated) Belgian waffle iron with cooking oil.  Pour in enough of the mix so that the batter just barely fills the bottom grid (the amount will vary based on the size of your waffle iron, we used about 2/3 cup of batter).  Cook according to your manufacturer’s instructions.  You can use a regular waffle iron if that is what you have.

To Serve:

Serve warm topped with pure maple syrup or whatever else you desire.  Makes about 6 waffles (this will depend on the size of your waffle iron).

Food: Pumpkin Pasta For Dinner Tonight

Yummy!

I seldom plan a weekly menu when I go grocery shopping. I simply grab my favorite veggies, and meets and leave the store with meals not yet determined. Since today I am craving pasta, I plan to make this beauty of a recipe for Pumpkin Pasta with Balsamic Sage Brown Butter Sauce – yummy.

Here’s a suggestion if you aren’t into making your own fresh pumpkin pasta – you can order a similar version from Amazon or check your local specialty grocer. If you plan to make your own pasta, and don’t have the pasta making machine, then consider an easier method from here:

Ingredients

Pumpkin Pasta

Balsamic Sage Brown Butter Sauce

  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) salted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 8 fresh sage leaves
  • 1/2 cup

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Pandan Sponge cake

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Pandan Sponge cake (adapted from Neo Sook Bee’s recipe)

Ingredients:-

6 eggs yolks – I used grade B eggs which is about 60g
70g corn oil
100g plain flour
Pinch of salt
50g pandan juice
50g coconut milk

6 eggs whites
100g sugar

Line the base of an 8″ round pan. Grease sides for easier unmoulding.

Preheat oven to 190C.

Method:

1. Put oil in a saucepan and heat on low fire until just simmering. If you have a thermometer it should read 70C. Remove and immediately add the flour and stir with a whisk until smooth.
2. Add in the coconut milk and pandan juice and stir to combine. At this stage the batter will become thick and lumpy.
3. Add in egg yolks and whisk with hand whisk until batter is smooth and runny again. Set aside.
4. Beat the egg…

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A Death Bet Is Morally Repugnant. So Is a ‘Rapture’ Bet.

Source: A Death Bet Is Morally Repugnant. So Is a ‘Rapture’ Bet.