Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Holy Penne, Batman

I accidentally bought religious pasta this week - and I'm not talking about the flying spaghetti monster.

Looking for wholewheat pasta, I came across some penne made from "freshly sprouted, certified organically grown whole grains, legumes, and seeds" and thought, fair enough. It was quite tasty actually, if a bit overpriced.

But while I was cooking it last night, I read the box in more detail. First of all, it's called Ezekiel 4:9 Penne, which I suppose I should have realised is not a normal name for a pasta product. The box also has the following text, that I assume relates to the name (this is not the kind of house that has a bible at hand for easy reference):

As described in the Holy Scriptures: "Take also unto thee Wheat and Barley and Beans and Lentils and Millet and Spelt and put them in one vessel and make bread of it..."
Funny stuff! I wonder if the bible says anything about adding sausages, onion, garlic, mushrooms, zucchini and a jar of pasta sauce (which was secular, as far as I can tell).

The company's website doesn't have any overt religious references, just a couple of animated doves, a guarantee that their products are Kosher, and one line saying that the recipe for the penne was inspired by Scripture. (There's a Genesis 1:29 bread too).

I tend to be in favour of the separation of church and dinner, but this stuff was quite tasty. I'm just going to have to start taking books into the kitchen so I've got something else to read while I'm cooking it.

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  1. They make bread, too, I think. I have often noticed it at Capers and wondered if it would be tasty. I might have to try it since you found the pasta yummy. Wonder if the bread has the same quote on it?


  2. That is really funny! Clever marketing ploy, but the whole stuff pasta is usually quite yummy.

  3. The bread seems to come in 2 types - the same as the pasta, or the Genesis 1:29. Google tells me that the corresponding verse should be "And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat" (that's the King James version, others differ). I wonder what the vegetarians have to say about their bread being meat.

    And yes, it's pretty yummy!

  4. LOL - I have never heard of anything like this!

  5. That's really funny! It'd have to be incredibly tasty for me to buy it, though. I just don't think I can tolerate proselytizing from my food!

  6. It's actually quite unobtrusive - if I wasn't an obsessive compulsive reader of anything I can get my hands on, I probably wouldn't have noticed! It's definitely not as bad as Alaskan Airlines' practice of giving you a bible quotation with your nasty sandwich. (Good airline except for that though!)

  7. LOL! It reminds me of Dr.Bronner's soap - ever read those labels???

  8. I just looked up the soap labels - good stuff!

  9. Ezekiel 4:9 describes the ingredients for the bread, but Ezekiel 4:12 describes the preparation. I hope that the company didn't follow those procedures.

    And thou shalt eat it as barley cakes, and thou shalt bake it with dung that cometh out of man, in their sight. Ezekiel 4:12

    Mmmmmmmmmmmmm! Poopoo bread!

  10. Yikes!

    See, this is the problem when you cherry-pick your quotes from the bible. In the interests of full disclosure they should be made to cite the whole passage, including using human dung as fuel.

    I'm almost tempted to write to them asking if this is indeed how they bake their bread...

  11. Well CAE, I cherry picked a little too. I didn't mention that in verse 15 God allows Ezekiel to bake his bread with the more kosher cow dung instead of human poo, but only after Ezekiel whined about it. I still don't know if I like the idea of my bread being burned above a cow poo fire any better than a human poo fire. I don't know why God wouldn't just let Ezekiel use a piece of wood instead. Why does it have to be poo?

  12. CAE, I found this jpeg that you might find interesting. Looks yummy!

  13. I guess it was a convenient way to both bake your bread and deal with your waste in the pre-sewage treatment era!

    Like so many things in the Bible, it was probably a suitable idea for the time, but wouldn't have been implemented unless it was framed by the ruling classes as an instruction from a deity. e.g. don't eat pork and shellfish in a hot climate, you idiots.

    That's my take anyway...


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