Tasting… Experiment, Enjoyment, Expectation…

Recently we visited ‘The Spice Den’. I chose the ‘mixed platter’ starter… lamb tikka, chicken tikka, seekh kebab, onion bhaji, meat and vegetable simosa… I enjoyed tasting the variety of different dishes…

There’s a similar principle when the family come round for dinner… Invariably Rachel produces more than one dessert – apple pie, chocolate cheesecake, cherry sponge, banoffee pie… Frequently the request is ‘a bit of each, please’.

The Spice Den and Granny’s Desserts suggest three stages of tasting…

  1. Tasting for experiment – I‘m not sure if I like it
  2. Tasting with enjoyment – I know I like it
  3. Tasting in expectation – I really like it; there’s anticipation!

Yesterday Rachel’s ‘Woman’s Weekly’ arrived. ‘How to get younger-looking skin’ ‘Happy feet – try a DIY pedicure’ or ‘Coping with Sarcoidosis’ didn’t really appeal…

However I was interested to learn: ‘Banoffee pie was invented in East Sussex in 1971’. Wikipedia confirms: ‘Credit for the pie’s invention is claimed by Nigel Mackenzie and Ian Dowding the owner and chef respectively of the former Hungry Monk Restaurant in Jevington, East Sussex, England.’  It continues:

Experiment… ‘basing it on a San Francisco recipe for “Blum’s Coffee Toffee Pie”… trying various changes including the addition of apple or mandarin orange…’

Enjoyment… Mackenzie suggested banana and Dowding later said that “straight away we knew we had got it right”…

Expectation… ‘The dish proved so popular with their customers that they “couldn’t take it off” the menu.’

We sometimes talk of ‘Taster sessions’… A woman I know, considering starting an art group, arranged a couple of ‘taster sessions’… A local ukelele group offered ‘taster sessions’ – as did a pilates teacher… The sessions will start with experiment – that may (or may not) lead to enjoyment and weekly expectation.

This morning I read ‘Taste and see that the Lord is good’… Musing on tasting for experiment… with enjoyment… in expectation…?

How much do I experiment with my God… how do I enjoy my God… what do I expect of my God?

6 thoughts on “Tasting… Experiment, Enjoyment, Expectation…

  1. I’d like to see a “menu” of ways to taste God! Of course, one main dish would be His Word, another might be listening for His still, small voice. Dessert would include singing praise and worship songs, and an appetizer could be gratitude!

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  2. Sometimes when the Lord does not seem as good, I have been guilty of mixing in the worlds things to spice things up. Doesn’t work. Then I do need to take a walk, have a talk, get right and stay tight…a good recipe.


  3. Thanks, Gary. I like the idea… if we of get the recipe right we get the flavour right – the ‘taste and see’ is a positive experience; if we don’t, we suffer from indigestion or sickness… Good thought


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