Cafe Church October 2010



A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes he has the biggest piece.
Ludwig Erhard

You've got to take the bitter with the sour.
Samuel Goldwyn

Life... is like a grapefruit. It's orange and squishy, and has a few pips in it, and some folks have half a one for breakfast.
Douglas Adams

Food is an important part of a balanced diet.
Fran Lebowitz

We are here on Earth to do good to others. What the others are here for, I don't know.
W. H. Auden

It's a lot like nature. You only have as many animals as the ecosystem can support and you only have as many friends as you can tolerate the bitching of.
Randy K. Milholland

Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.
Aldous Huxley

The lion and the calf shall lie down together but the calf won't get much sleep.
Woody Allen

The best doctor in the world is the veterinarian. He can't ask his patients what is the matter-he's got to just know.
Will Rogers

Give a man a fish, and you'll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he'll buy a funny hat. Talk to a hungry man about fish, and you're a consultant.
Scott Adams

I was a vegetarian until I started leaning toward the sunlight.
Rita Rudner

I hope that while so many people are out smelling the flowers, someone is taking the time to plant some.
Herbert Rappaport

And I find chopsticks frankly distressing. Am I alone in thinking it odd that a people ingenious enough to invent paper, gunpowder, kites and any number of other useful objects, and who have a noble history extending back 3,000 years haven't yet worked out that a pair of knitting needles is no way to capture food?
Bill Bryson

He who gathers crops in summer is a wise son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.
Proverbs 10:5 (New International Version)

We are indeed much more than what we eat, but what we eat can nevertheless help us to be much more than what we are.
Adelle Davis

Food probably has a very great influence on the condition of men. Wine exercises a more visible influence, food does it more slowly but perhaps just as surely. Who knows if a well-prepared soup was not responsible for the pneumatic pump or a poor one for a war?
Georg C. Lichtenberg

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.
Virginia Woolf

I went into a McDonald's yesterday and said, 'I'd like some fries.' The girl at the counter said, 'Would you like some fries with that?
Jay Leno

Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.
Harriet Van Horne

Fish, to taste right, must swim three times - in water, in butter and in wine.
Polish proverb

Practice safe eating - always use condiments.

Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots.
1 Samuel 8:12 (New International Version)

Melon is a good fruit: you eat, you drink, you wash your face.
Enrico Caruso

Rich, fatty foods are like destiny: they too, shape our ends.
Author Unknown

Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.

There is a lot more juice in grapefruit than meets the eye.
Author Unknown

He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."
Luke 10:2 (New International Version)

I would like to find a stew that will give me heartburn immediately, instead of at three o'clock in the morning.
John Barrymore

Red meat is not bad for you. Now blue-green meat, that's bad for you!
Tommy Smothers

As a child my family's menu consisted of two choices: take it or leave it.
Buddy Hackett

One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.
Luciano Pavarotti and William Wright, Pavarotti, My Own Story

For seven days celebrate the Feast to the LORD your God at the place the LORD will choose. For the LORD your God will bless you in all your harvest and in all the work of your hands, and your joy will be complete.
Deuteronomy 16:15 (New International Version)

You can say this for ready-mixes - the next generation isn't going to have any trouble making pies exactly like mother used to make.
Earl Wilson

The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.
G.K. Chesterton

Large, naked raw carrots are acceptable as food only to those who lie in hutches eagerly awaiting Easter.
Fran Lebowitz

There is one thing more exasperating than a wife who can cook and won't, and that's a wife who can't cook and will.
Robert Frost

Then the land will yield its harvest, and God, our God, will bless us.
Psalm 67:6 (New International Version)

Recipe: A series of step-by-step instructions for preparing ingredients you forgot to buy, in utensils you don't own, to make a dish the dog wouldn't eat.
Author Unknown

The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.
Calvin Trillin

Avoid fruit and nuts. You are what you eat.
Jim Davis

The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you're hungry again.
George Miller

Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.
Doug Larson

Give a man a fish, and he'll eat for a day. Give a fish a man, and he'll eat for weeks!
Takayuki Ikkaku, Arisa Hosaka and Toshihiro Kawabata

Never eat more than you can lift.
Miss Piggy

"As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease."
Genesis 8:22 (New International Version)

Video clips

Panorama 1957 - the spaghetti crop

Sleeper - the farm of the future

Discussion Questions

What fruit and/or vegetables are currently in season (i.e. if fruit and veg weren't shipped across the world and you had to eat locally produced produce what would you be eating now?)

What food have you eaten that you never want to again?

What of your breakfast came from Yorkshire?

What is a "balanced meal"?

What can you cook, from memory, without looking it up first (Toast doesn't count)?

We tend to think only of an agricultural harvest but what other kinds of harvest might there be?

Why should we celebrate Harvest when we live in a city?

At what age did you make the connection between Bambi and venison?

What is the best use of a field (no, not an electromagnetic one, Alice)?

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