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Amish Friendship Bread

Amish Friendship Bread

It’s been quite some time since I posted any thoughts here at Fishes and Loaves so I figured I needed to poke my head up and let you know I was still around.

Actually, I’ve got some Amish Friendship Bread in the oven as I type this.  Amish Friendship Bread is great in a pinch when you need to throw something together that’s sweet and goes well with coffee or a cold glass of milk.  You can smother it with ice cream or a fancy vanilla sauce or you can dunk it.  Any way you choose it’s delicious.

The thing about this sweet bread is that it starts with a yeast starter and needs to be fed on a regular basis just like sour dough starter so if you arent up to the maintenance you might not like this style of bread.

On the other hand if you like to share your recipes this is a wonderful way to do that since you “grow” your starter and then split and share it with your friends, hence the name Friendship Bread.

Here’s the same recipe I’ve been using but there are other similar recipes all over the internet.  This site suggests giving your friendship bread away to the needy.  A nice opportunity to share the love of Christ.

Acts 2:46-47
So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.
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Recently I had the opportunity to visit Sri Lanka, via Dubai, and visit friends and the Gospel For Asia Bible Schools with my Husband.  I could blog about all the marvelous things I saw but I’m going to limit my post to just a couple of points I think might interest visitors to Fishes and Loaves, as hard as that may be.  

Sri Lanka is a country recovering from the Tsunami of 2005 and an ongoing civil war that has spanned more than 25 years.  

Our visits included having meals with our hosts with foods reminiscent of India and lots of curries and rice.  I took some pictures of one of the kitchens to share with those of you who may be lamenting about how you would like to remodel… Don’t dispair, I assure you, you have it good .

kitchen-in-batti

kitchen in Batticoloa

kitchen-in-batti2

kitchen in Batticoloa

This home had been damaged by the tsunami and although could have used a remodel was being lived in.  The condition was not  unusual as I had seen similar kitchens.  The tradition of cooking over an open fire is still in practice and one kitchen I had visited had walls covered with smoke.  What a contrast to the kitchens we see in the US.

Still, our hosts were so gracious and the food was always plentiful, more than we could consume in one sitting.  We were never hungry for long and the average meal consisted of steamed rice, a chicken or beef curry, a paste of yellow lentils, fruit, some vegetable or potato dish, again with curry and everything except the rice had some type of chili pepper making it quite spicy for our western pallets.

 

typical meal

typical meal

I love curry  but I don’t think I’ll be posting any recipes in the near future.  🙂

On our way back to the US we had a long lay-over in Dubai.  We had time to freshen up and get some sleep but we also took a 4 hour tour of the city which gave me the opportunity to visit the Spice Souk or market.  We had arrived there in the late evening but everything was bustling and the shops had lit up the streets.

I made my way into the little street to see the first spice shop filled to capacity.

making my way into the spice souk

making my way into the spice souk

look hunny, saffron!

look hunny, saffron!

and soooo cheap too!

and soooo cheap too!

 As we walked along the shops it was amazing to see the spices in such great quantities.  

spices and spices...

spices and spices...

 

more spices

more spices

The souk included frankincense and other unusual types of spices and herbs and I left there thinking how our society limits us to the typical and how we miss so much of what is available to us around the world.  Once again I was challenged to expand my horizons and my culture, to explore the wonders the Lord has provided for us.

 

Proverbs 31:13-15
 She seeks wool and flax, 
      And willingly works with her hands. 
        She is like the merchant ships, 
      She brings her food from afar. 
        She also rises while it is yet night, 
      And provides food for her household, 
      And a portion for her maidservants. 

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