Saturday, April 17, 2010

The Salt Of The Earth

Season all your grain offerings with salt. Do not leave the salt of the covenant of your God out of your grain offerings; add salt to all your offerings." Lev. 2:13

I seem to be very good at discovering tasty new foods that are bad for me. And in my Easter trip to the bakery, I found another. Rosemary And Sea Salt Foccacia. In the very close up picture, you can see the large grains of salt on top, can't you? You know about my love of bread, but I also adore salt. Salt may not sound good when sprinkled on bread, but let me assure you-yum! I have had chocolate covered potato chips, and they are awesome. Take a food that is bad for you already, and I can find it with something added to make it tastier and worse for your health. Salt is not good for me because I am already on two different blood pressure medications. I bought some new kinds to try, pictured above, because I read they may have a lower sodium content. Did you know that less than 6% of all salt produced each year goes into food? There are literally thousands of other uses for it. There are even two more kinds of salt I want to try. Fleur De Sel is considered the caviar of salt and the ultimate salt experience, closely followed by Celtic Gray Sea Salt, which used to be a well kept secret by chefs and food critics, and is now widely available for under $2.00 a pound. An old Norwegian superstition says if a person spills salt, he will shed as many tears as will be needed to dissolve the spilled salt. An old English belief is that every grain of spilled salt represents a future tear. Even God wanted his offerings salted, and the bible talks about God having a covenant of salt with us. My commentary suggests this could be because salt penetrates, preserves, and heals. So rather than eating so much salt, I need to Be more like salt, trying to bring out the best in people like salt brings out the best in food.

"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses it's saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men." Matthew 5:13


Kilauea Poetry said...

Great post and verse! Scripture has so much to say in regard to what you mentioned "penetrates, preserves, and heals"
I know what you mean. I make mostly everything as opposed to going out like we used to on occasion. You can control what you put on the table easier anyway. I have a problem with my immune system, so I shouldn't have any either..though my blood pressure runs low now. We use sea salt too. I enjoy salt but have done with out it? How about you? So your on bp med's? Well, I'm sure that can be a bummer! I love bread too but here on the Islands it's harder to find really great bread or a quality bakery for that matter. Rice is the big deal here like fireworks on New Years- not on the forth? I enjoy it with certain things like fish- BUT, I like my bread. That means I wind up baking it. Anyway, me-

DawnTreader said...

Oh, that bread does look good. I like salt too. And should restrain myself a bit for the same reason as you.

Never heard of chocolate covered potato crisps! Sounds extremely American to me - even if not quite as weird as chocolate covered bacon, which another American blogfriend mentioned a while back... ;)

In Scandinavia we have another favourite, though: Salty liquorice, or salmiak(ki). That's one of my worst temptations. I love it, but liquorice makes the body retain water and so is not good for high blood pressure. Add salt and it gets even worse. I do sometimes still get the urge for it, but I never buy large quantities now. If I have it, I eat it. So the best way to protect myself from eating it is not to buy any!

Stephanie V said...

We try hard not to eat those salty goodies - blood pressure like you - and it was hard at first. But, the other night, I had some potato chips. Ugh! I couldn't stand how salty they were. So, it's true: you can get used to anything.

BTW, the salmiak type licorice doesn't have any sodium in it which is the bad part of tasty salt. I love it and I checked. And licorice is good for you.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Ginny, Cute post.... Here's one that you may or may not have heard: "Throw SALT over your shoulder for good luck." Heard that one????

And how 'bout this:
Eat BREAD--so you never go hungry.
Drink WINE---so your life is always sweet
Eat SALT--so there is always spice in your life.
And a CANDLE--so you always have light.

OR--I've heard it this way also.
Bread --so you will always know plenty.
Salt--so you always have wealth.
Wine--so you always have joy.
A Candle--so you can always find your way home.

SO---Miss Ginny Pooh, since you love Salt and Bread---it seems to me that you will always have plenty of what you need and never go hungry, and that you have spice in your life and are wealthy!!!! Can't get much better than that!!!


Sandra said...

you got me on this one, i did not know there were that many different salts. i like sea salt on peanuts, and on food. and you know i love bread like you do. the photos make me want to reach in and grab a piece. I have eaten Foccacia bread from wal-mart and love it, but it is different than this one. I love all things bread.. thanks and i would eat just about anyting covered in chocolate but NOT ANTS AND GRASSHOPPERS. someone offered me those once, NOT

Bird Girl said...

That bread looks sooo GOOD! I love bread, too. My stepmother always get me 'salt rising' bread at her bakery when I visit and it is so good toasted with lots of melted butter! (I haven't had breakfast yet and this is makin' me hungry;-) I could go forever without the white processed bread - but give me ANY home-made type bread and I can't STOP eating it! Help ;-)
Interesting post, Ginny. And I do believe you are part of the salt of the earth :-)

George said...

I must admit that I have a weakness for salt, but I haven't tried chocolate covered potato chips. I really like your commentary.

Glenda said...

The bread looks so yummy! I love what you said about bringing out the best in people; the world would be a much better place if we all did that . . . all the time. The Bible says that we are the salt of the earth, bringing flavor (His flavor)to those around us. Salt also makes one thirsty, so maybe that means our lives should make others thirsty for the Living Water.
Great post, Ginny!

SquirrelQueen said...

That bread does look good but I'm one of those who can take or leave salt. My dad had high blood pressure so I grew up in a salt free household, I still rarely add extra salt to my food. I also use very little salt when cooking because hubby has high bp and is on meds.

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