Cooking is a Jesus Thing
As far as keeping house goes, I generally welcome cooking as one of my happier tasks. Maybe because I like to eat. Maybe because it feels like art— the colors, the textures, the fragrances blending into edible loveliness.
In Keeping House, Margaret Kim Peterson says that the "'homely' character of redemption is...one of the overarching themes of scripture." Among other things, Jesus speaks of the kingdom of God as a banquet and he describes conversion as God and Christ coming to make their home with us. Indeed, Jesus says, to feed the hungry and clothe the naked is to do the work of the kingdom (Matthew 25:40); when we do this, it's as if we did it for Christ himself. (p.16)
How blessed to think that when I chop, crush, spice and simmer, I am engaging in spiritual as well as physical art. It inspires me to share another recipe with you.
African Chickpea Stew
Saute until lightly browned...
• 1 small onion, chopped
Add and saute briefly...
• 2 garlic, minced
• 1/2 tsp oregano
• 1/2 tsp ground cumin
• 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
• 1/2 tsp paprika
Add and simmer about 10 minutes...
• 2 cups Muir Glen tomato and basil puree
• 2 cans (or equivalent dry and cooked) chickpeas
• 1 green bell pepper, chopped chunky (can add later if you like them a little greener and firmer)
• 1/2-1 tsp salt
• pepper to taste
Put on top and cook covered until "sunny"...
• 6-8 eggs
• a few pours olive oil
Serve with rice or crusty bread, salad and green beans.