Common Eating – Old and New Testament

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This is another one of the sections that I’ve been giving a great deal of thought as to how I would like to present it.  In the regular type face sections below you will see that while I put some emphasis on the stories of the Old and New Testament, there was not necessarily a lot of emphasis there originally. There are definitely a lot of changes to this post, and I think, that as I continue to develop this course, there will be a lot more to come. 

This post was originally written about five and half years ago. Since that time I’ve go more deeply involved in reading and writing about food. It’s also changed the way I’ve heard the Bible. In part this is because, as a priest, the Lectionary plays a substantial role in my Bible. The Lectionary does tend to cut out large parts of the text which means that certain stories get greater emphasis than they would if you simply read the Bible cover to cover. 

olive oil

Olive oil would be a staple of meals in Biblical Times, although not in glass bottles with fancy labels.

I’ve decided that I would include both the Old and New Testament classes in this one post, even though they will make up separate weeks in the course itself.  One reason for doing it is an attempt to limit the number of posts that I am doing in connection with the course.  Another reason is that the design and lecture format for these two classes will most likely be very similar. Continue reading

Holy Hunger – Margaret Bullitt-Jonas


The next couple of weeks or so, I’m going to be doing a series of three book reviews. There may be some other posts mixed in there, but the three books I’m writing about are: Holy Hunger: A Woman’s Journey from Food Addiction to Spiritual Fulfillment, by Margaret Bullitt-Jonas. Hunger: A Memoir of My Body, by Roxane Gay. The Comfort Food Diaries: My Quest for the Perfect Dish to Mend a Broken Heart, by Emily Nunn.

The last two books listed were both published last year. Holy Hunger was originally published in 1998, but Bullitt-Jonas’s story dovetails nicely with the stories by Gay, and Nunn.

Holy Hunger Cover

Cover from the original hardcover edition of Holy Hunger

All three stories came to my attention as a result of my relatively new found focus on visiting my local library for reading material. I found The Comfort Food Diaries in the new and noted section of the Winnipeg Public Library. Reading it made me think of Hunger, which I had heard a great deal about in the last few months, and while reserving a copy of that book, Holy Hunger popped up in my search feed.  Continue reading

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Hong Hing Chinese Restaurant


Hong Hing restaurant on Ellice Avenue, is a  Chinese restaurant of the type I was familiar with growing up. Lots of dishes featuring chop suey and chow mein. However, there are a few Szechuan dishes available on the menu, and even an eight item Dim Sum list.

This is a place that I’ve often wondered, when I passed, if it is still in business. It’s a squat, rather non-descript, exterior that doesn’t appear all that inviting even in the daytime. However, it is also not far from where I live so I thought I should stop in some time.

Hong HIng Sliced Chicken.

The sliced chicken from Hong Hing. The skin is nice and crispy and the chicken is quite good, if slightly overcooked.

Hong Hing specializes in takeout, but there are a few table and about twenty seats in the restaurant if you want to dine in. Although I dined in on my first visit, I got the impression that they would prefer you to place takeout orders. Continue reading

Garry Street Coffee, Human Bean Coffee + Tea


Downtown Winnipeg has recently seen the opening of two new coffee shops. Or to be more precise, one new coffee shop, and an old coffee shop that has relocated. The new shop is Garry Street Coffee, located at 333 Garry Street, and the relocated shop is Human Bean Coffee & Tea, which after leaving both The Forks, and the Millenium Library,has reopened in Cityplace, just across the street from the library.

Hot Chocolate from Garry Street Coffee

A warm, soothing Hot Chocolate.

In some ways the two shops are quite different. Garry Street Coffee is located on the main floor of an older building and next to the Garrick Event Centre. Depending on whether or not it’s sunny outside, the interior can be quite dark and moody. There is limited table and counter space and the vibe is 60s coffee house, even to the magazines that look like they were published in that era(they’re not, they are up to date).

Human Bean Cider.

The Caramel Hot Apple Cider from Human Bean City Place. I like that the cider is not overly sweet.

Human Bean Coffee & Tea on the other hand is located on the main floor of Cityplace, a downtown mall. Continue reading

Mercatino- Upmarket Digs, Downmarket Food


Mercatino is the new restaurant that is open underground at 201 Portage Avenue. It’s part of their renovation and creation of a conference center in the basement.

Over the years I’ve gone through the underground at Portage and Main, hundreds if not thousands of time. I’ve also eaten many times at the various restaurants and food courts. The food court at 201 Portage is the one I’ve visited the least, but I’ve still purchased a few meals there. My favourite food place in that food court would have been Deek’s chicken of 20 years ago. At the time they served a rather nice roast chicken dinner.

Mercatino TV

There’s a really big TV down by Mercatino, where you can catch up on all sorts of sporting news. I’m sure it will be popular when the Winter Olympics start.

When I saw them close the area off and start to renovate I was curious as to what kind of food would be available once the renovations were finished. After the renovations were finished, I noticed that there was only one restaurant, Mercatino, and it looked a lot like Marcello’s. One of the things that also caught my eye was that it had a lot of tubs of candy and chips, etc. such as you would find at a convenience store.

Although I had been waiting to see what the restaurant choices might be, the first thing I noticed was the dining area. Continue reading

Chapter 2 of Joe Average Buys Groceries.


Last month, in response to Shel Zolkewich posting about Stats Can’s claim that the average Manitoban spent $241.00 a month on food, I decided to give that challenge a try. You can follow Shel’s attempts by keeping up with her posts in Manitoba Food Bloggers.

Protein purchases. Pork is almost invariably the cheapest meat choice.

Lessons from my First Month

One of the things I decided when I started was that I needed to do this for several months to find out if it would really work for me. Continue reading