Thursday, May 10, 2012

Moms and Friends Learn From Michal

Ten neighborhood ladies came this morning, including one new one! I spent hours looking for recipes to use Grana Padano cheese at the request of one of the ladies. A cousin had brought it to her and she didn't know what to do with it. Well, this is challenging because most of these ladies don't like cheese, this cheese is not vegetarian as it is an aged cheese and contains rennet, and most ladies don't have ovens. I had to find recipes that could do without the cheese as well. I came up with a cheesy apple potato salad, a pasta salad, and a cauliflower soup. Meetu didn't even come! Something came up. None of the ladies wanted to try the cheese. We made the pasta salad, and the potato salad without the cheese. They liked the pasta salad, but not the potato salad. The potato salad was just a cup of cubed apples, a cup of cubed boiled potatoes, a tablespoon each of olive oil and vinegar. It called for half a cup of the grated grana padano cheese, but I couldn't use it because of the vegetarians (including me). It was kinda bland. Recipe for pasta salad follows.
Today we learned lessons from Michal, daughter of Israel's first King, Saul, and wife of King David. Talk about family issues!! First, her father brings David into their home, makes him a soldier, then promises her sister to him in marriage. Her brother Jonathan loved David, as did Michal. He was handsome, a musician, a valiant warrior, a hero, and her brother's best friend. She told her dad she wanted to marry him. By now King Saul was getting just a bit annoyed by this high achiever. He thought by sending David up against the Philistines, he would be killed and out of his hair. He set the bride price high -at 100 Philistine foreskins. David killed two hundred Philistines and brought the required dowry. But things just got worse. Saul was jealous, and devised a plan to kill David. He sent soldiers to his chambers. Michal got wind of the plan and warned her husband. She helped him escape, and put an idol in the bed with some fake hair to try to delay the guards who came after him. She lied and told them he was sick. Her father came and saw the dummy. She lied again and told her father that David had forced her to let him go. King Saul ended up giving Michal away to another husband. He loved and respected Michal. Years later, when Saul and her brothers were all dead, David ascended the throne. He sent for his wife to be returned to him. Her heart-broken second husband followed after her, weeping all the way.
Scriptures do not tell us that Michal trusted in the same God as David. She did not seem to understand his devotion to God, or his worship style. When David returned the ark of God to the temple, he danced with all his his underwear. We aren't told why Michal did not join in celebration with the whole nation in bringing back this most holy relic. It had been lost in battle during her father's reign. Her father did not follow after God, so Michal was following after her father. She looked down from her window and saw her husband the king, dancing with the commoners, exposing himself in a most unkingly fashion. She met him at the door and just lashed out at him in criticism. He responded, telling her he was dancing before God, reminding her that God had chosen him over her father, as king of His nation Israel.She just didn't get his passion. Some of the lessons we found in Michal's story:
1. When husband and wife don't share the same faith, there will be problems.
2. Wives should encourage their husbands, not criticize.
3. Fathers have a profound influence on their daughters.


Sanvi had a school holiday so she came and played with Padma while we cooked and had our Bible Story. She comes on Saturdays.
Pasta Salad
2 cups of dry pasta (elbow macaroni)
2-3 tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 large potato, boiled and diced
1 medium onion, diced
2-3 green chilies, seeded and diced
1 cucumber, seeded and diced
1/4 cup sliced black olives
Grated cheese, or feta if you can get it (optional)

1. Cook the pasta in salted boiling water until it is done, but not mushy
2. Drain, transfer to a bowl, add a bit of olive oil and chill
3. Make a dressing of oil and vinegar, or use Good Seasonings packets
4. Add all the diced veggies to the pasta, and coat with oil and vinegar. I used about 1/4 cup of dressing.
5 Salt and pepper to taste. Add the grated cheese if you want.
6. Chill, then serve.
I had chilled all the veggies and the pasta, so it was ready to serve after we mixed it all together.

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