Saturday, January 13, 2007

Missing the "Love Apple" sauce!


Before you are two of the most common foods in the American diet- mac n cheese and scrambled eggs.

Can you see what makes them appear so unappealing? Is it obvious to you what is missing?

KETCHUP!

The Lord gave us the mighty tomato (quite possibly the "fruit" of the Genesis 3 account) to be used in so many glorious ways- pasta and pizza sauces, chili, salsa, fried green, in salads, sun-dried, to be thrown when rotten, etc. Perhaps the greatest use of the tomato comes in the form of my favorite condiment- Ketchup.


In my research I have discovered seventeenth century Dutch and British seamen brought back a salty pickled fish sauce called 'ketsiap' from China. In this version, it was more related to soy or oyster sauce than the sweet, vinegary substance we call ketchup today. Variations in both the name and the ingredients quickly developed. British alternatives included mushrooms, anchovies, oysters, and walnuts. In 1690 the word 'catchup' appeared in print in reference to this sauce, and in 1711 'ketchup'. At the beginning of the 1800's, The first tomato ketchup recipe was published by American James Mease, which he often referred to as 'love apple' ketchup. The rest is history.

Think of life without ketchup! How would we enjoy mac n cheese and scrambled eggs to their fullest? Praise the Lord for the "Love Apple"!

8 comments:

M. Jay Bennett said...

I've never heard it called a love apple before. Interesting.

BTW, Brian told me you are a big fan of the Olive Garden because you are Italian. Is that right?

MJB

AJF said...

Brian is fired.

MSC said...

Love apple sauce?? That is just really sad. I really hope you are wrong about Obama, but alas, I am certain that you are correct about the state of our culture. Which is the lesser of two evils, Hilary or Obama- both representative of a debauched, wretched, and God-hating culture? I wonder how much longer this decline will continue. When will the Church wake up?!? I am really comforted that GOD is Sovereign!!

Frontier Forest said...

Never thought about this red-stuff being called "Love Apple" sauce!
The only thing that distrubs me about this wonderful condiment, is the fact that Heinz is my favorite.
Then when I think of John Kerry's obnoxiously disqusting wife... maybe Hunt's aint all that bad?

Andrew said...

I have long held that the tomato is the forbidden fruit described in Genesis 3, explaining its foul taste when not purified with other ingredients as in ketchup and tomato sauce. I am glad to have this view endorsed by the good reverend! ;)

AJF said...

I am staggered by such violent speech regarding the tomato! Clearly, anything pre-fall would taste of paradise!

Andrew said...

But, if it exists post-fall it would have been cursed along with the rest of the earth. ;-)

AJF said...

Well now, that depends if you believe the actual creation was cursed and thus altered somehow chemically...or...perhaps "cursed be the ground" refers to the inability of man to properly tend it, so therefore it is cursed- but not altered chemically? "Food" for thought. At any rate, my post-fall wife is the closest to what pre-fall Eve looked like and the post-fall Tomato is the closest to what a pre-fall fruit would have tasted like...