Recipes for Disaster
Last night The Cook decided to clean out the recipe book cupboard. I had not realised the depth of the recipe book cupboard because before long the kitchen was literally knee deep in books, cutting, bits of paper and other assorted culinary literature.
It turn's out The Cook's favourite is "The Golden Wattle Recipe Book" with a little hand written note. to ***** from Mum and Dad, 1964. Happy Birthday. That's the Ocker equivalent of the 'Edmonde's Sure to Rise' book, revered and loved by generations of Kiwis. Suddenly there was a commotion and upon investigation, Adolf found The Cook standing in the middle of her reciperean oceon, clutching a faded, dog eared tomb. The cover and the last few pages were missing. It was entitled "Good and Tried Recipes" and carried a preface dated 21st september 1904 at the top of which, in my late father's firm neat hand, was written the well known Scottish Presbyterian name 'Fiinkensein.' (If you believe that, you'll believe Winston Peters is FM.)
The preface itself is worthy of note. It began thus: 'I have been asked to write a brief preface to this little book. I am not a cook but I exercise man's prescriptive right in criticising the cook..........' I felt I could get on quite well with this chap. The preface was signed off by one Rutherford Waddell of St Andrew's Manse, Dunedin.
Today, I mentioned this in passing to an elderly retired professor of theology who walks rather a lot. He informed me that Rutherford Waddell is a famous figure in New Zealand history. Apparently just before or just after the turn of last century he preached a sermon entitled 'The Sin of Sweated Labour.' At the time many women in Dunedin were working long hours in poor conditions and being paid a pittance. His sermon was the catalyst for the formation of the first ever movement for women's rights in the country and, I'm told, led to the formation of a trade union for women.
I offer these littles snippets so that those atheists among us who delight in focusing on the Spanish Inquisition and the murderous crusades of earlier centuries might enlighten themselves as to the real value of Christianity in the modern world.