Another Easter passing by…

When Jesus Came to Golgotha

When Jesus came to Golgotha
They hanged Him on a tree,
They drave great nails through hands and feet,
And made a Calvary.
They crowned Him with a crown of thorns;
Red were His wounds and deep,
For those were crude and cruel days,
And human flesh was cheap.

When Jesus came to Birmingham,
They simply passed Him by;
They never hurt a hair of Him,
They only let Him die.
For men had grown more tender,
And they would not give Him pain;
They only just passed down the street,
And left Him in the rain.

Still Jesus cried, “Forgive them,
For they know not what they do.”
And still it rained the winter rain
That drenched Him through and through.
The crowds went home and left the streets
Without a soul to see;
And Jesus crouched against a wall
And cried for Calvary.

While searching for a text to read during yesterday’s supper, my husband came upon this poem by Geoffrey Kennedy. I noticed how these lines meet our actual situation on the point. We no longer experience hatred of the Good News in our countries, but a lot of indifference, lack of understanding and the occasional mockery. The “modern” human has other concerns. But was it ever different? Everyday life with its joys and sorrows determined the thinking, feeling and acting of “normal” people at all times.
Many of us no longer understand the teaching of Jesus’ atonement on the cross, they are not able to access their guiltiness, instead appear self-confident, many even self-righteous.

But sin does not only mean moral failure. It can also be the wrong attitude that we always revolve around ourselves.

I remember watching a documentary in which a survivor of a concentration camp said: “The opposite of good is not evil, but indifference”. Indeed, this indifference is at the root of all evil. Much too often we complain about OUR stress, about OUR illness, about people or the fate, which are so cruel to US. In doing so, we overlook the obvious, the hidden hardship of others. A kind word, a little understanding, a short visit to a sick person, widowed person or elderly, could sometimes do wonders! In this sense, we are all sinful and in need of forgiveness.

Best to have in your pantry during Corona Virus Pandemic

What do you have in your cellar/pantry these days?

In terms of cuisine, a virus pandemic can also be an opportunity, at least if it helps to increase the esteem for the conservation (both our health and food reserves) and to take a critical look at our pantry.

If you want to leave the house as little as possible, you can celebrate the taste and splendor of the salted, the pickled, the fermented, dried and canned. With a well-stocked pantry or cellar, one may eat well even under quarantine or isolation – sometimes even too well. In my opinion, the following products should not be missing from any “bunker”:

  • Garlic and onions
  • Carrots
  • Dried sweet chilli
  • Potatoes and/or sweet potatoes
  • Capers (in salt)
  • Olives
  • Lemons, apples
  • Sardines or tuna cans
  • Hard cheese (Parmesan)
  • Soft cheese (gets better and better at least for a few weeks)
  • Sour vegetables
  • Soy sauce
  • Nuts
  • Dried figs, raisins and/or dates
  • Bean cans
  • Canned mushrooms
  • Sweet corn canes
  • Plain flour
  • Different cereals
  • Tomato cans
  • Sunflower and olive oil
  • Apple vinegar and balsamic
  • Honey
  • Rice and/or brown rice
  • Canned peas
  • Crispbread
  • Sesame seeds, white and black
  • Different types of pasta
  • Semolina
  • Lentils
  • Sauerkraut
  • Yeast, baking powder, powdered sugar, baking soda
  • Salt (fine and coarse)
  • Sugar, brown sugar
  • Compote, jam and “zacusca” 🙂

If you want to tackle it fundamentally, you will of course use flour and thus keep even more options open, such as wholemeal flour, rye flour, buckwheat, corn flour.

In my opinion, pasta is the first carbohydrate choice for the culinary apocalyptic: it lasts forever (or at least significantly longer than viral pandemics-HOPEFULLY!), is enjoyed warm and is the perfect basis for numerous other storage products. This is followed by lentils, beans and rice. Rice in particular – admittedly – spends more than pasta, but usually needs more ingredients to taste satisfactory. Classic bread due to limited shelf life, is more for optimistic panic shoppers.

I must admit that, during this month, since the state of emergency was declared in my country as well, I have managed to stop throwing out food and perishables. I learned to use them in a smarter, more cautious way, being aware, now more than ever, that going shopping means an assumed risk from several points of view and being wasteful has never been a virtue.

And so that there is still something new here, another dessert recipe will follow that celebrates the taste of the pantry like few others – at least as long as there are eggs and butter from the fridge.

London Slice

During NO festive family visit, I came across another cookie that was unknown to me so far. I have tried it before, but never have I made it myself.
The recipe says apricot jam, but since mine is already sold out, I used peach jam. I think we can smear it with any jam because it will be just as delicious.

For doughFor the fillingFor the topping
500 g plain white flour
250 g butter with 82% fat
150 g powdered sugar
4 egg yolks
a pinch of salt
vanilla sugar (1)
peel from a lemon
300 g apricot jam
300 g ground nut
4 egg whites
200 g sugar
vanilla sugar (1)
a pinch of salt
Step 1Step 2Step 3

Knead the dough ingredients into a compact mass, then line a baking sheet (approx. 30 x 40 cm) with the dough. Make some small holes in it with a fork. Let cool in the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours, or for the night.

Grease with plenty of apricot jam. Than spread the ground walnuts over the jam and mix them gently together.

Beat the egg whites into a hard foam, add the sugar and vanilla sugar little by little, then take this hard foam and smooth over the dough smeared with the jam and walnuts.

London Slices

I baked it in the preheated oven at 180 degrees for 35 minutes. Once completely cooled, cut into slices. Very delicious, hearty cake! Good appetite