Scrambled eggs on cheese blinis
Ingredients for 4 people:
170g/6oz buckwheat flourWhat is flour? Where does it come from? How is the grain grown and harvested? What has to happen to it before it gets to the shop? Where can you find references to flour in Scripture?
290ml/10fl oz warmed whole milkWhere does milk come from? Who produces milk and how much do they get for a pint of milk? What sort of conditions do the animals live in? Where can you find references to milk in Scripture?
150g/5¼oz cheddar cheeseWhere does cheese come from? How is it made?
2 tsp baking powderWhat is baking powder? Where does it come from? What is it for?
2 tsp mustard powderWhat is mustard? Where does it come from? Where can you find references to mustard in Scripture?
salt and pepper
A few chive leaves
4 egg whites – choose organic, free-range eggs if possible (for the blinis)
4 eggs plus the left over 4 yolks(for the scrambled eggs)Where do eggs come from? How are the animals looked after and what are their lives like? Where can you find references to eggs in Scripture?
ButterWhere does butter come from? How is it made?
Sharing a meal
In this space, you are invited to a time of relaxation and refreshment. Imagine that you are welcomed to a meal with your hosts. You are invited to think about what the meal represents, how it relates to the themes of mission and ecology within this house and what you take from being a part of sharing food with those who live in the house.
You could also imagine that you have a chance here to talk to food producers, farm workers, and all who have a part in bringing us the food we eat. What might they want to say about their lives and how they feel about the food that comes to our tables?
As part of the activity section of this topic, you might enjoy using the recipe to enable your group to cook and share a meal together. You could cook or bring something else to share, but whatever you offer in hospitality, it would be worth reflecting on where the food came from, what happened to the animals and plants which supplied it, and to give thanks for it.
The recipe includes some questions for reflection about the simple ingredients and to enable prayerful thanks throughout the cooking and eating.
In this space, food and drink matters, especially how it was produced and traded. Here are some things to think about:
- Fair-trade food comes with the guarantee that food producers receive a fair price for their food.
- See if you can find out what farmers in our own country get as a price for their food.
- Do you have a local farmer's market you can support? If you do you can ask about farming practices and welfare and find out what farmers are getting for their labour.
- Organic food should be produced in an environmentally healthy way, using sustainable farming practices – what can you find out about organic farming from your local supermarket labels?
- Do you have access in your local community to locally grown food that hasn't travelled so far? Why might that be better for the environment – and for you?
Find out more from the Fairtrade Foundation.
Write down any thoughts you might have in your notebook, journal or blog. Are there any ingredients you would like to carry in your rucksack for your further journey?
Where would you like to go now? Where else will this journey take you?
If you continue to explore the green pathway you can choose to:
- Arts: Discover films, TV programmes and music that relate to ecological issues.
- Resources: find more information on the Internet, explore resources such as a CO2 emission calculator, and choose books to further your knowledge.