Monday, August 31, 2009


Ten Thousand Villages. One of my favorite stores. I especially like the one in Raleigh. I was first introduced to the Mennonite Central Committee through the cookbook More- with- Less. A copy given to me by my husband-friend on my birthday 28 years ago. The book is so much more than recipes. It brings awareness to the world hunger crisis and a call to eat better and consume less of the limited world's resources. To quote from the book,"The More-with-Less cookbook will best reach its goal of helping Christians respond in a caring-sharing way in a world with limited food resources when placed in full view of family members rather than simply adding it to the collection on the kitchen shelf. There is a way which gives not less but more. More joy, more peace, less guilt; more physical stamina, less overweight and obesity; more to share and less to hoard for ourselves."
A woman with a passion to serve and make a difference within the MCC was Edna Ruth Byler. If you have not met her, I would love to introduce her. Edna. Edna had a Spirit given passion and simply started with what she had where she was. I honor you Edna. Here is a recipe from the cookbook.
Edna Ruth Byler's Potato Dough Baked Goods
You can bake goods all at once (saving time and energy) and freeze baked goods to warm up for future meals or treats.
They can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. Immediately after kneading, oil top of dough lightly, cover with a towel or plastic wrap. Refrigerate, punch down occasionally as needed. When you're ready to bake, simply take what you need for desired recipe, shape accordingly, let rise until doubled and bake.Usually about 2-21/2 hours for cold dough.
3 pkg. dry yeast in
1 cup lukewarm water
Mix in large bowl
1 quart scalded milk
2 cups mashed potatoes (no milk added)
1 cup fat (half butter, half margarine)
1 cup sugar
Let Cool to luke warm, then add:
Yeast mixture
6 cups Flour
Let stand until mixture foams up (about 20 minutes).
2 Eggs, beaten
1 Tbsp. Salt
11-12 Cups additional flour
A little more flour may be needed, but dough should be soft. Turn out on floured board and knead until satiny. Let raise in warm place until doubled in bulk or refrigerator for later use as stated above.

my well used, back and front fallin' off MWL cookbook.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Fair Trade

The first post of which I will "chase many rabbits" on Fair Trade and social injustice. I am so glad God had much to say about this whole topic. A scripture I like that addresses the whole premise of Fair Trade is found in James. Fair Trade is not a new concept to the Body of Christ.

James 5:4 (The Message)
4-6All the workers you've exploited and cheated cry out for judgment. The groans of the workers you used and abused are a roar in the ears of the Master Avenger. You've looted the earth and lived it up. But all you'll have to show for it is a fatter than usual corpse. In fact, what you've done is condemn and murder perfectly good persons, who stand there and take it.

James 5:4 (New Living Translation)
4 For listen! Hear the cries of the field workers whom you have cheated of their pay. The wages you held back cry out against you. The cries of those who harvest your fields have reached the ears of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

James 5:4 (New American Standard Bible)
4Behold,the pay of the laborers who mowed your fields, and which has been withheld by you, cries out against you; and the outcry of those who did the harvesting has reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth.

We buy a few fair trade foods on a regular basis.. I bought some bananas and coffee today. Which always turns my thoughts toward FAIR TRADE and injustices. I think about injustices alot. I live in a small comfortable town, in a small, by American standards, home, on a small dead in road. I am a comfortable person.

to be continued............