Friday, November 30, 2012
Baking for the Holidays
I am a reformed Jew if this is the proper way of saying what my religion is at this time of my life. I was baptised Greek Orthodox. Such thing did not exist in after war Germany. My friends in Horb all happened to be Catholic so what do you think I did at age 12? I reverted to Catholicism. Der Pfarrer was happy - my parents did not even know about it. Papa was Greek Orthodox and Mutti was Protestant. Hey, I wanted to belong. Could not think of anything better to do at that time and don't regret it. I got very involved in church things. Friday evening Rosary( I think it was Fridays), Vesper, Sunday Mass, pulling the cord and swinging back and forth to bring the church bells into swing early I forget which mornings and of course helping out with this and that and more ( I wanted to be liked|) and of course going to confession which stopped two years later (posting to this effect maybe to follow) and helping out wherever I could.
Doing dishes at the hospital to make it easier for the nuns working there and making friends with them of course.
Today I was looking for Christmas baking recipes and came across this one in my Greek cookbook.
Scripture Cake - Kaiki Agias Graphis
This is a recipe that has been popular with the ladies of Sts. Constantine and Helen (no surprise my name is Ellena and my brothers is Tino). It encourages Bible reading and if the correct ingredients are chosen from the references given, a delicious fruit cake will be assured. Look at the Old Testament. I did but have not baked it as yet.
41/2 cups I Kings 4 22
1 cup Judges 5 25
2 cups Jeremiah 6 20
2 cups I Samuel 30 12
2 cups Nahum 3 12
2 cups Numbers 17 8
2 Tbsp. I Samuel 14 25
1 tsp. Leviticus 2 13
6 Jeremiah 17 11
1/2 cup Judges 4 19
2 tsp. Amos 4 5
2 tsp. II Chronicles 9 9 (which ?)
Mix like any basic fruit cake. Bake at 275 C-3 to 4 hours.
I'm off to BB sit = Big Boys sitting (H being age 5 and Sneakasnack being age 7 don't like the other word).