Lord Woolton pie was a vegetable pie covered with potato pastry invented during the time of wartime rationing in England. It was meant to provide a substitute meal due to the shortage of meat and maintain public nutrition. It was not universally popular because to most people a pie by definition had to have meat in it.
“The recipe involved dicing and cooking potatoes (or parsnips), cauliflower, swede, carrots and possibly turnip. Rolled oats and chopped spring onions were added to the thickened vegetable water which was poured over the vegetables themselves. The dish was topped with potato pastry and grated cheese and served with vegetable gravy. The recipe could be adapted to reflect the availability and seasonality of ingredients.” Quoted from Wikipedia.
After the War this recipe was quickly forgotten having served its purpose.
“Professor John Fuller has noted that Woolton pie and similar wartime austerity dishes “were forgotten as quickly as possible when conditions returned to normal”. (One notable exception to this pattern is carrot cake which, while not invented during the war, was popularised in the United Kingdom during that period because it used the widely available root vegetable in place of some of the scarce flour, fat and sugar found in other cakes.)”
A repetitious and bland diet is the bane of some people’s lives. We all like variety and new taste sensations. Many for health reasons are compelled to stay away from foods and beverages that they once enjoyed. They are conscious of the consequences to their health if they eat the things they shouldn’t.
Others due to time of war and famine are compelled to subsist on whatever is available and often they are just enough for subsistence.
The other end of the scale is the gourmet who disdains humble foods and is forever seeking new foods and flavours.
Numbers 11 tells that the children of Israel got tired of the “manna “ that God to them day by day.
It came to them without any more effort than it took to go and gather it.
No doubt they prepared it in every conceivable way and added what else they had in store to it but at last they had had enough and began to murmur against Moses and through him against the Lord.
18 And say to the people, ‘Consecrate yourselves for tomorrow, and you shall eat meat, for you have wept in the hearing of the Lord, saying, “Who will give us meat to eat? For it was better for us in Egypt.” Therefore the Lord will give you meat, and you shall eat. 19 You shall not eat just one day, or two days, or five days, or ten days, or twenty days, 20 but a whole month, until it comes out at your nostrils and becomes loathsome to you, because you have rejected the Lord who is among you and have wept before him, saying, “Why did we come out of Egypt?”’” 21 But Moses said, “The people among whom I am number six hundred thousand on foot, and you have said, ‘I will give them meat, that they may eat a whole month!’ 22 Shall flocks and herds be slaughtered for them, and be enough for them? Or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, and be enough for them?” 23 And the Lord said to Moses, “Is the Lord‘s hand shortened? Now you shall see whether my word will come true for you or not._31 Then a wind from the Lord sprang up, and it brought quail from the sea and let them fall beside the camp, about a day’s journey on this side and a day’s journey on the other side, around the camp, and about two cubits above the ground. 32 And the people rose all that day and all night and all the next day, and gathered the quail. Those who gathered least gathered ten homers. And they spread them out for themselves all around the camp. 33 While the meat was yet between their teeth, before it was consumed, the anger of the Lord was kindled against the people, and the Lord struck down the people with a very great plague. 34 Therefore the name of that place was called Kibroth-hattaavah, because there they buried the people who had the craving.”
Kibroth-hattaavah means graves of craving or greed.
In his anger God sent them quails in abundance and the people prepared them up but while the meat was still in their teeth the Lord smote many of them with a great plague.
The people had turned their nose up at the sustenance God provided for them and evidenced their greed and lack of trust in God by hoarding up the quails.
Instead of gratitude and reverence for God who had done such wonderful things for them ,they abused the grace which saved and sustained them
To many of our modern “Christian thinkers” this judgment appears excessive and petty yet the reality is our God is a “consuming fire” and not to be trifled with.
The Christians reverence and submission towards God are important and pleasing in His sight. Our complaining, griping and grousing about His providence and purposes are not.
The “easy going”, all merciful and passively tolerant deity of today’s Christianity bears no resemblance to the Holy God of Scripture.
While we are indeed saved by grace through faith, our walk is to be one of obedience, submission and trust. When we forget this and walk in our own self pleasing , sinful ways and attitudes we can expect chastisement, if indeed we truly belong to the Lord.
In one ear and out the other.
I have great difficulty in retaining in my memory many of the things people tell me.
I fear I would never make much of a waiter in a restaurant.
It makes me wonder how much of what God’s message to us,that we actually hear in church is kept in the memory and meditated upon at a later time.
The Puritans did all they could to encourage their hearers to go over among themselves and with each other what they heard in the preaching of the Word.
They also expected them to teach and examine their children as to their understanding.
Nowadays we content ourselves with retaining a few salient points from the message and maybe we remember an anecdote used to illustrate what the pastor was saying.
Others go away with a short lived glow imparted by the experience of uplifting worship and pleasure, interrupted by a few words of teaching , challenge or encouragement which we know are part of the routine and to be expected.
How many sit in our modern churches and hear reams upon reams of preaching good , bad and indifferent and are none the better for them?
Even among the sincere seekers after truth, how little is kept in the memory and remembered or utilized in the mundane events or trials and tribulations of life.
One often wonders why God chose such an ephemeral means as the preaching of the word of scripture as the main means of grace for the church.
The fault here does not “Lie in the Stars” and certainly not the wise purposes of God.
While allowance is to be made for our all too human frailty, there are many reasons why we do not gain more benefit and blessing from the hearing of God Word.
One obvious problem is that in many of the places of worship we attend today very little of the word of God preached in them.
In the vernacular of that “civil servant” Sir Humphrey Appleby we are only getting the simplified and palatable “Janet and John” bit. (Janet and John were characters in an infant “learn to read” book from some years ago).
Also when the “Word” is preached, very often it is not being mixed with faith in the hearers (Hebrews 4:2).
Often it is crowded out by worldly thoughts, cares and problems.
Sometimes we are overcome by drowsiness and lethargy due to our worldly pleasures and pursuits.
Either way we miss out on much that we could gain from the preaching of the Word and not preparing ourselves ,as much as we can for its reception.
How thankful we must be that the “Hand of the Lord is not shortened” and that by His Spirit’s work in our hearts and minds, even the crumbs of the Word and its preaching carry power and fulfill the purpose He has for them in our lives.
Let us pray and strive to be faithful hearers and remember-ers of the Word but also hearty and obedient doers of it.