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

Tag: Food

A little housekeeping

Good_housekeeping_1908

Fast(ing) Food Department: For a while I maintained a separate blog called Fast(ing) Food. As part of my housekeeping in getting this blog active again, I’ve deleted Fast(ing) Food and moved all of its posts over here.
 If you browse through older posts here and see one about Lenten cooking, chances are that it’s been imported from the old Fast(ing) Food blog.
 Thanks.

Desert Spirituality, but with toppings…

peperonata

Peperonata (Stock photo, not mine)

Fast(ing) Food department: During the Fast, it’s good not only to keep the letter but to simplify and reduce our diet a bit.
 A typical meal for the Desert Fathers might be a bowl of lentils, with salt if they had some. I’m not ready for that, but it’s true that a simple bowl of rice and/or legumes makes a fine Lenten meal once we’ve bowed to our carnal nature and added some flavor.
 I’ve been making a habit of keeping some of this peperonata around. it’s really tasty and can be used as a topping on rice, beans or pasta.


  • Heat up some oil in a big skillet.
  • Add 1 onion, chopped, and 3 bell peppers, chopped. Add salt, maybe 1 teaspoon. You can use green peppers, but the whole thing is much nicer to look at if you use red and yellow peppers. If you want to make it spicier, add black pepper, a big pinch of red pepper flakes, and/or a squirt of Sriracha sauce. Simmer over medium heat, stirring often, until the onion and peppers are softened.
  • Add 1 (14.5 ounce) can of diced tomatoes. Throw in some of your favorite herbs, whatever they are.  Simmer, stirring from time to time, until a lot of the liquid has evaporated and the mixture is thick. Toward the end of cooking, stir in 2 or 3 chopped garlic cloves. (Garlic keeps its flavor much better if you don’t cook it for long.)

This is simplified from Martha Rose Shulman’s The Simple Art of Vegetarian Cooking.

Timeless, timely

This poster, which ought to hang in every kitchen, was created in 1917 as part of an effort to encourage Americans to economize on the Home Front during the First World War. But the advice is good at any time.
Food Poster 1917
I’m not so sure about “Use less wheat,” but with everyone worrying about gluten sensitivities, who can say?

Source: The Kitchn