Food on Fridays: The Bread of Life

fofUpdated with unappealing Hot Cross bun photography!Here at the Food on Fridays carnival, any post remotely related to food is welcome. Just write up some thoughts about Spam, take a picture of your favorite cookies, or tell us what you plan to eat for Easter dinner, even if it’s just a ham sandwich and hard boiled egg (in fact, a simple Easter menu like that sounds like it would come with a blog-worthy back-story). In other words, I’m not dictating a narrow concept for Food on Fridays; I’d even welcome a kitchen haiku.Anyway, when your Food on Fridays contribution is ready for public consumption, just grab the broccoli button to paste at the top of your post and link up through Mr. Linky.Here’s a Mr. Linky tutorial:

Write up a post, publish, then return here and click on Mr. Linky below. A screen will pop up where you can type in your blog name and paste in the url to your own Food on Fridays post (give us the exact link to your Food on Fridays page, not just the link to your blog).You can also visit other people’s posts by clicking on Mr. Linky and then clicking participants’ names–you should be taken straight to their posts.

Food on Fridays Participants

  1. My Practically Perfect Life (Easter Cake)
  2. Cooking during Stolen Moments (Chocolate Cherry Muffins)
  3. Stretch Mark Mama (Cooking Ham in a Crock Pot)
  4. To every meal there is a season (Easter Menus)
  5. No Pattern Required (Vintage Recipe Hardboiled Eggs in Cream of Mushroom Soup & Ketchup)
  6. Newlyweds (Angel Pie)
  7. Better Is Little (Blueberry Yum-Yum Cake)
  8. Beauty in the Mundane (Do-Ahead Make Potatoes)
  9. This Pilgrimage (Dough Boy)
  10. Trish Southard (Passover and the Angel of Death on Golfview Lane)
  11. It’s All About Love (Breakfast of Champions)

Food on Fridays with AnnIt’s Friday. Good Friday.I’m thinking of making Hot Cross Buns from scratch, but I haven’t done it yet and have no pictures to share.Updated: No, wait! I have photos now that will convince you never to try making Hot Cross buns. They’re small, not very fluffy, and the crosses can barely be discerned. But they’re edible.bunsrisingbunsdonebunswithcrosses1bunsglazedMaking these humble Hot Cross buns have me pondering Jesus, the Bread of Life.Check out this passage from John 6, beginning with verse 25 (I’m pasting this in from BibleGateway, which is why you’ll see all the verses numbered):

Jesus the Bread of Life

 25When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?” 26Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, you are looking for me, not because you saw miraculous signs but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. 27Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.” 28Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” 29Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” 30So they asked him, “What miraculous sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? 31Our forefathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'” 32Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34“Sir,” they said, “from now on give us this bread.” 35Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. 36But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. 37All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. 38For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. 39And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. 40For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”

There’s so much in there.Some lines that stand out to me today:The work of God is to believe in the One He has sent.He says the Father gives the true bread from heaven…the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”Whoever comes to me,” He promised, “I will never drive away.”The Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life.He who comes to Him will never go hungry.The Bread of Life satisfies.His body was broken for us on a Friday many years ago.To remember, we break bread. We take, eat.And it is good. Very good. 

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  • Comments

    1. Hi, Ann! I left a link to my seasonal food blog: I did notice though, that none of the mr linkies show in this post (unless you click the link to add a mr linkie link). Is that because the mr linkie is not at the end of the post?

      Have a blessed Good Friday and a joyous Easter!

    2. Easter reminds me of the Hot Cross Buns, as my Dad would drive for miles and miles to get the perfect batch. I’m going to begin my hunt today, since I can’t make anything that has yeast in it! I’m just not that good of a cook. Be sure to post a photo of your finished Hot Cross Buns so we can all drool over them. Amen to Easter, I think the overwhelming love that I feel from the gift of salvation brings tears to my eyes. God is so very good.

    3. shepherdsgrace says:

      It is very good…good message…good word!

    4. Great post, Ann. The Bread of Life meets my every need!

    5. …”give us this day our daily bread” was written on our bread plate growing up. I always thought it was kind of weird, until I understood more about bread, and Him.

      I have nothing to link today, but I am just licking my lips after finishing off a bowl of Sweet Potato and Pumpkin soup…mmmm…tasty.

    6. trishsouthard says:

      In her essay on photography Susan Sontag argued that pictures sometimes distance viewers from the subject matter…not so today we are tasting, smelling and visualizing The Bread of Life. Another thoughful instructive lesson from Ann Kroeker.

    7. I don’t know, they look pretty good to me! :) Great post!

    8. Your Hot Cross Buns look delicious. I think they turned out really good. You should be proud!

      Isn’t it interesting that as we grow older and immerse ourselves in God’s word how the scriptures become more understandable? I find deeper meanings all the time and am grateful for a kind loving Father in Heaven who loves me enough to give me the scriptures to help guide me through this earthly life.

      Thanks so much for hosting.


    9. We tried Hot Cross Buns for the first time last yesterday! I’m going to have to do some more tweaking or find a different recipe next year. They were not moist and chewy as I had hoped…


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