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Scrambled eggs on cheese blinis

Ingredients for 4 people:

  • 170g/6oz buckwheat flour

    What 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 milk

    Where 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 cheese

    Where does cheese come from? How is it made?
  • 2 tsp baking powder

    What is baking powder? Where does it come from? What is it for?
  • 2 tsp mustard powder

    What 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?
  • Butter

    Where does butter come from? How is it made?


Earth Matters

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.


For reflection

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.

We hope you enjoy sharing a meal together. Perhaps there are other recipes you would like to share or suggest for this space where people can reflect and pray about the ingredients and the food producers involved in bringing food to the table. What else do we need to do to ensure animal welfare, sustainable living and a fair price for farmers?

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.
Arts: engage with issues through film, video and music
Resources: explore the Internet, find books
© CTBI and MTAG 2012

Navigating the pathways

You have a number of pathways through the various spaces of this house:

You can mix and match your journey through the different spaces depending on what you would most like to explore, study or do.

Yellow Blue Green Pink


Opening challenge to learn more about mission and care for creation with some introductory material to think about.

Scripture passages with questions

  • Genesis 1. 26-31
  • Romans 8.18-21
  • Genesis 6.11-21
  • Earth Abbey resources
  • Jubilee Centre resources


Pictures of extinct and endangered animals; conservation issues

Gift-giving and baggage dumping

A chance to review what gifts you bring to the topic or what things to leave behind. A chance for confession or saying sorry and to make new commitments

Quote, unquote

What people have been saying about climate change and care for the planet. With questions to consider.


A series of prayers, images and activities for meditation on the words of the fifth mark of mission
Also links to other prayer resources


Books and online resources for self study and online research


A chance to review notes or entries you have made and to read others thoughts about the topic


Theologians writing on care for creation: Dave Bookless, The Ecumenical Patriarch and Claire Foster. With questions to consider.

Hymns and other music

Suggestions for listening to natural sounds, hymns, psalms, Taizé chants, classical, popular music and new music on the theme of care of creation

Films, Music

Films to watch, music tracks and clips with an ecological theme

Footsteps of Jesus

  • Consider the lilies Matthew 6. 25-34
  • The Storm
  • Matthew 8.23-27
  • The Fig Tree
  • Mark 11.12-14; 20-21

Conversation and Dialogue

Listening to people talking about the environment, including: a group of theologians and scientists talking to ARocha, Jeremy Clarkson and David Shreeve.

Reflections and Story telling

  • Can the earth sustain 7 billion people?
  • What about food security for people?
  • What about health?
  • Reflections from Sharing God's Planet
Reflections from Sharing God's Planet


A recipe for a meal and suggestions for hospitality, trying new things

Exit: Dispossession

Final review of what may have changed in using the resource. A few ideas about what to take away, or how to live differently, or to do more in future, and a chance to leave feedback