Foodie Friday: A breakfast of biblical proportions

August 19, 2011 | Food, Foodie Friday

My breakfast this morning consisted of bread based on a Bible verse and preserves made by monks. Surely I’m going to have some sort of special day, right? At the very least, how about I don’t gain a pound overnight, as seems to be the case in middle age?

So let me tell you about my Bible-based breakfast, which actually has nothing to do with spirituality and every thing to do with health and good taste.

First, the health. I originally heard of Ezekiel 4:9 bread, when I read “The Best Life Diet” by Bob Greene, food guru to Oprah Winfrey. Curious about the name, I searched it out and found it in the freezer section of the health food aisle of our local Hannaford’s grocery store. Made by Food for Life, it is an organic sprouted whole grain bread based on an Old Testament Scripture verse:

“Take also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentils, and millet, and spelt, and put them in one vessel, and make bread of it.” Ezekiel 4:9

So there you have it. Those are the ingredients, with some additional stuff for variety. I’m partial to the sesame version, but you can also get regular whole grain, cinnamon raisin and more. It’s quite tasty, especially when you top it with natural peanut butter or Trappist jam, which brings us to our next Foodie Friday point.

If you love Trappist jams (and who doesn’t), get thee to The Christmas Tree Shop immediately. I’m normally not a fan of this store. In fact, whenever I go there, I usually leave muttering to myself and swearing I will never go back. But back I went, looking for something else, and lo and behold, there before me was the Trappist pot of gold. A pile, a boatload of Trappist jam in every flavor imaginable. At a very good price. I left with a dozen jars of jam and plan to go back. I got everything from the obvious — blueberry, strawberry, seedless blackberry — to the sublime — Kadota fig and strawberry/rhubarb. Kadota fig? Who even knows what that is? But I bought it. Because how could I not. It’s amazing. I had it just a little while ago on my Ezekiel 4:9 sesame bread. Yum.

Between early morning yoga, Morning Prayer, and my biblical breakfast, I’m feeling very holy this morning. What’s on your menu — food or otherwise — today?




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