Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Flower of Heaven

If  you haven't yet, give the previous post a read.  This one will make more sense if you do.

Let's start with Mary.  I think that we in the Evangelical world, in the rush to distance ourselves from any thing Roman Catholic, miss the significance of Mary.  No, I don't mean putting her on the same level as God as some are want to do, but I do believe that she should be respected like any of the other "heroes" of the faith.  Her lesson to us on obedience and purity are often just a foot note in the Christmas story.  After being told an incredible and, for her, certainly frightening thing.  And despite her initial misgivings and confusion, her answer was; "Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word."  Luke 1:38
     In my mind, that line alone puts her among the greatest of all the saints.  After all, an angel said that she had found favor with God, and I'm guessing it doesn't get much better than that.
     So what should we prepare for her in the manger?  I read once that she has been referred to as "The Flower of Heaven" , I'm not sure where, probably a cook book.
With that in mind I think a salad of fresh greens and edible flowers would be appropriate.

This is not rocket science.  A bed of tender greens of any type, most grocery stores even sell bags of a salad greens mix.  I don't think it really needs to be said, but I will anyway.  Use caution when picking flowers for your salad, for instance DON'T use the poinsettias that you see everywhere!!  Arugula flowers are great as are the flowers from pretty much any herb.  Roses are edible as long as they haven't been sprayed with anything.  There are a lot to choose from so just do a little research first.  Many grocery stores even sell bags of edible flowers.  OK so just put this all together so you think it looks nice.  Serve it with a very light and very simple vinaigrette or even just some really good olive oil, and salt and pepper.

I'll admit that I'm not the biggest fan of eating flowers, but in a salad like this they are pretty nice.  Enjoy!!
Stay hungry

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