That Which is Bread

Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? – Isaiah


This Barley-Mushroom Pilaf has an earthy, eastern-European vibe to it. It’s good by itself for lunch, and with some vegetables and a salad would be family meal.

  • An onion, sliced
  • A carrot, sliced
  • Some mushrooms, sliced
  • A couple of cloves of garlic, sliced
  • salt & pepper
  • 1/3 cup barley
  • 2 cups water.

In a saucepan, saute the onion, carrot and mushrooms in a little oil until the onions start to brown. Add the garlic and keep sauteeing until the garlic just starts to brown.
Add water, barley, and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil. Stir well, then turn down to a simmer. Let it simmer until all the liquid is absorbed, about 30 minutes.
Allow it to cool a bit before serving.

Primal, eh?  When I made this, I added a few red pepper flakes and a teaspoon of curry powder, which disrupts the eastern-European vibe but tastes excellent.



The Fathers on fasting

Here is a fine collection of teachings  by the Fathers on fasting. Recommended.

A leader of a community asked Abba Poemen: “How can I gain the fear of God?” Abba Poemen replied: “How indeed can we gain the fear of God when we have bellies full of cheese and jars of salted fish?”

On the same site I found this article on the health benefits of fasting, based on a study of the monks of Mt. Athos.

Thanks to St George Greek Orthodox Church, Greenville SC, for posting this collection.