Tuesday, September 30, 2008

God Has Good Taste

I mentioned a while back that I would like to take my blog in a little different direction. I will still be sharing the recipes, but I want to add a little more spiritual element in. So here goes.

1. To distinguish the flavor of by taking into the mouth.
2. To eat or drink a small quantity of.
3. To partake of, especially for the first time; experience.
4. To perceive as if by the sense of taste.

1. To distinguish flavors in the mouth.
2. To have a distinct flavor: The stew tastes salty.
3. To eat or drink a small amount.
4. To have experience or enjoyment; partake
a. The sense that distinguishes the sweet, sour, salty, and bitter qualities of dissolved substances in contact with the taste buds on the tongue.
b. This sense in combination with the senses of smell and touch, which together receive a sensation of a substance in the mouth.
a. The sensation of sweet, sour, salty, or bitter qualities produced by or as if by a substance placed in the mouth.
b. The unified sensation produced by any of these qualities plus a distinct smell and texture; flavor.
c. A distinctive perception as if by the sense of taste: an experience that left a bad taste in my mouth.
3. The act of tasting.
4. A small quantity eaten or tasted.
5. A limited or first experience; a sample:
6. A personal preference or liking: a taste for adventure.
a. The faculty of discerning what is aesthetically excellent or appropriate.
b. A manner indicative of the quality of such discernment: a room furnished with superb taste.
a. The sense of what is proper, seemly, or least likely to give offense in a given social situation.
b. A manner indicative of the quality of this sense.
9. Obsolete The act of testing; trial.

tasta·ble adj.
Synonyms: taste, flavor, relish, savor, tang1
These nouns denote a quality that can be perceived by the taste buds on the tongue: the salty taste of anchovies; the pungent flavor of garlic; the zesty relish of the salsa; the savor of rich chocolate; the fresh tang of lemonade

1. the sense by which the flavour of a substance is distinguished by the taste buds
2. the sensation experienced by means of the taste buds
3. a small amount eaten, sipped, or tried on the tongue
4. a brief experience of something: a taste of the planter's life
5. a liking for something: a taste for puns
6. the ability to appreciate what is beautiful and excellent: she's got very good taste in clothes
7. a person's typical preferences as displayed by what they choose to buy, enjoy, etc.: the film was good but a bit violent for my taste
8. the quality of not being offensive or bad-mannered: that remark was in rather poor taste
[tasting, tasted]
1. to distinguish the taste of (a substance) by means of the taste buds: I've got a stinking cold and can't taste anything
2. to take a small amount of (a food or liquid) into the mouth, esp. in order to test the flavour
3. to have a flavour or taste as specified: the pizza tastes delicious
4. to have a brief experience of (something): they have tasted democracy and they won't let go [Old French taster]

All of the above pertain to taste. One word - many different meanings. There are many verses that talk about taste in the Bible.

Jonathan, Saul's son, was almost killed for a taste of honey. Hmmmm . . . wonder what just a "taste" of sin will do for us?

Psalms 34:8
O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

To me this says it all!

Psalms 119:103
How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

Don't know about you, but I like honey!

Exodus Chapter 16
"12": I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel: speak unto them, saying, At even ye shall eat flesh, and in the morning ye shall be filled with bread; and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God.

"13": And it came to pass, that at even the quails came up, and covered the camp: and in the morning the dew lay round about the host.

"14": And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground.

"15": And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat.

"31": And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna: and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.

Just think - no baking, nothing except to gather it like the Lord said. It is interesting to contrast this passage with the next one. In the first it was wafers made with honey. Then it goes to the taste of fresh oil. Don't know about you, but I would rather taste honey than oil. No murmuring, no complaining - eat your manna!Do you really want to go back to being a slave - just to have things that may "taste" good? Not me. I would rather have my freedom and eat manna every day than to have the things that may look good now, but have to be a slave - to not even own yourself? No contest for me!

Numbers chapter 11
4": And the mixt multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat?

"5": We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick:

"6": But our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes.

"7": And the manna was as coriander seed, and the colour thereof as the colour of bdellium.

"8": And the people went about, and gathered it, and ground it in mills, or beat it in a mortar, and baked it in pans, and made cakes of it: and the taste of it was as the taste of fresh oil.

Not only that, but they were not satisfied with just eating manna. They ground it up, beat it up, baked it, seethed it - are we changing in anyway the gospel of God? Do you search for justification of your lifestyle in the scriptures? We should not add to OR take away from the word of God.

Song of Solomon Chapter 2
3": As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.

Is your sweetheart sweet to your taste? Or does everything he does irritate you, make you cranky, crabby. Maybe we should try being a little sweeter to his taste!

I Peter Chapter 2
"1": Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,

"2": As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:

"3": If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

"4": To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,

"5": Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ

Our Lord is indeed gracious - always, constantly forgiving us.

I pray that everyone who reads this will desire a fresh taste of the Lord!

Now - for my taste - I totally apologize for no pics, but this was snarfed up as soon as I set it out!

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

9 medium sized potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 can chicken broth (I used low-sodium)
4 oz. butter
5 fat cloves of garlic
splash of half and half
1/2 cup sour cream

Put potatoes in a pot and pour chicken broth over them. Boil them until good and tender. DO NOT DRAIN! While your potatoes are cooking, melt butter in a small skillet. Mince garlic and add to butter, let brown slightly. Pour half and half, garlic butter and sour cream into potatoes. Mash up, but leave slightly chunky. You can either serve immediately or pop in crock pot to keep warm for a few hours. (I made these before church and this worked fab) Salt and pepper to taste.

When serving, top with chopped chives. This is a rough recipe, use more or less of ingredients to taste.


Cheryl said...

Lovely post..

Anonymous said...

Great post, Raquel. Those potatoes sound so yummy!

Anonymous said...

BTW, Raquel, thanks for the tip on the link. It worked!

Marie said...

Interesting and thought provoking Raquel!