Saturday, 14 January 2012

Hophni and Phineas with Steak and Kidney Pie.

The first reading at Church tomorrow is chapter 3 of the first book of Samuel.  It has to do with the call of Samuel to be a prophet.  

I am preaching on this reading at 11:15 a.m.

In order to understand the context of the story I read the first four chapters of first Samuel.

As I wrote my sermon “spell check” had great problems with some of the names from the story, viz – Hophni, Phineas and Ichabod!


About 25 years ago (I exaggerate) I gave a can of “Fray Bentos” Steak and Kidney pie to my pal Ben, with the promise that we could eat in on a cold day here in South West Florida.

Today was that cold day! Ben and I ate it, together with our friend Bob.

Many American friends of mine turn up their noses, or simulate a “gagging” noise at the very mention of Steak and Kidney pie. 

But even Bob (no “foodie” he) agreed that it was delicious.

I have two more cans of this in my larder.  I have been hoarding them for use in case of a major catastrophe. I’ve had them for at least five years, cos I know that they travelled with me from Cambridge to Sarasota.

I will ignore any “use by” dates – I think that they are good for at least another generation.

If you are very well behaved you may discover that I have left them to you in my will.

“Steak and Kidney Pie” is a British delicacy. In my mind it ranks right up there with Faggots, with Pork Pie, and with Kippers! 

The French have no concept of  good food.

1 comment:

  1. All hail to the British diet. What about "Bangers n'Mash",Shepards Pie (made with real Shepards),& Bubble&Squeak.

    Plenty more where this comes from.