Posts Tagged ‘The Food and Feasts of Jesus’

Something New

April 13, 2013

I have been researching a second book and decided it needed a new diet. The first century Palestinian diet was a fascinating experience and it greatly helped me prepare the book, The Food and Feasts of Jesus. I learned a diet from the time of Jesus could be quite healthy and tasty. This time, I think I want to try a diet made from the foods of both ancient Greece and Rome. There is more written about these two ancient food cultures and the cuisine was not all that much different than the food from the Middle East. This time, I will not have to eat just foods from an ancient kosher menu but will be able to branch out and try new culinary experiences.

This is my thinking. Let me know if you agree that it will be a fascinating six-month experience. In the meantime, do check out the book, The Food and Feasts of Jesus, Inside the World of First-Century Fare: http://www.amazon.com/The-Food-Feasts-Jesus-Religion/dp/144221290X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1365807104&sr=8-1&keywords=the+food+and+feasts+of+jesus

A Feast for Friends

October 28, 2012

Earlier this week, friends and I prepared a first century feast for sixteen friends. It was a perfect combination of food for the cold weather we have been enjoying here in the high country of Colorado. The main course was a stew with barley and beef ribs. This stew would taste good with herbs and spices like cumin and cilantro, but we used our Middle East spice mix and a lot of fresh dill. Along with the stew, we had asparagus with lemon and thyme, a wonderful salad made with cucumbers, onion, and chick peas.
The appetizers were equally appreciated: olives, pistachios, roasted almonds, and a delicious home made hummus. However, the hit of the evening was the lentils. They turned wonderfully, almost creamy, with onions, carrots, and a lot of garlic. Cumin and dry mustard are my favorite flavorings for lentils.
Dessert was pastries stuffed with figs or apricots and dates with cream cheese. We cheated and enjoyed a little coffee — certainly not very first century — but perfect with the pastries.
Homemade bread was served throughout the meal. The bread was made using the Mediterranean Grain Bread recipe from the book. In fact, all the recipes came from The Food and Feasts of Jesus. But do look for the Mediterranean Grain Bread recipe on-line. Patheos book club posted it on their site. It is a tasty grain bread!
But the true highlight of the evening was the sharing of food and wine – yes there was wine, too – with good friends. Feasting with friends is always a wonderful experience; I think it is just about the best possible way to spend an evening.
Prepare your own feast for friends and enjoy.