Cooking the Bible: Cooking Genesis: The Book of Beginnings

Welcome to the first installment of Cooking the Bible. Today is day 50 of this year which means one day per chapter of Scripture. I hope to pick up the pace when life gets less crazy (which will probably be never, right?), but this way we are reading every day. It would take a little over 3 years to read through the Bible this way.

Here’s a very simplified thematic outline for the book:

  • The beginning of Everything (1:1-2:3)
  • The beginning of History (2:4-10:1)
  • The beginning of Nations and Languages (10:1-11:9)
  • The beginning of Israel (11:10-50:26)

Genesis is a fantastic portion of the Bible. It has so many intensely vital and also equally bizarre accounts in it that it can hold your interest for chapter after glorious chapter.

So, from fifty chapters of intensely varied content, I wanted to draw out a couple of stories and devise a recipe that could be used to illustrate an overall outline for this book of beginnings.

It’s a dessert! I am not really much of a dessert person myself, but Hart and his daddy have a sweet tooth for sure, so I think this will go over well in our house.

You can use this as a resource in whatever way you deem fit.

One possible approach would be as a family-oriented Bible study time. Prepare as the leader of the study time by reading the whole book of Genesis (or at the very least the abridged version linked below). Follow the recipe for the pyramid element with the children to begin. As the cake is baking, read the short story below and field any initial questions. As the cake is cooling, create the custard element together. Now, as you work through the study, assemble each element in turn: prepare the fruit, set out the rainbow, skewer into a tower, pour the custard, place the pyramid and complete the presentation by attaching the skewer. After you pray giving thanks for the time and the food, eat it! As you enjoy the food, discuss what we can learn and put into practice in our own lives.

The Recipe


What you will need:

  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • 3 tbsp whole flaxseeds
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup teff flour
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (I like coconut sugar, but any brown sugar will be great)
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder (I ground cacao nibs in a mill)

How you can do it:

  1. Combine chia seeds and flax seeds with water and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.
  2. Combine all remaining ingredients and chia-flax mixture in a mixing bowl.
  3. Pour the cake mixture into pyramid shaped silicone cases (if you have them).
  4. Bake at 350 Fahrenheit for 20 to 30 minutes until the toothpick came out clean.
  5. Allow to cool enough to get out of cases.


    What you will need:

    • 1/2 cup your favorite juice
    • 2 tbsp tapioca starch
    • 1 3/4 cup milk alternative
    • 2 tbsp citrus zest – grapefruit, orange, lemon or lime. (A combination of three could be a fun way to represent each of the patriarchs.)
    • 1-2 tbsp honey, or to taste (This may be subbed for other syrup if vegan)

    How you can do it:

    1. Warm juice and tapioca starch in a medium saucepan.
    2. Add milk alternative, zests and honey.
    3. Warm until thickened.


    What you will need:

    • Red fruit
    • Orange fruit
    • Yellow fruit
    • Green fruit
    • Blue fruit
    • Purple fruit

    How you can do it:

    1. Skewer the fruit in the order of the rainbow.

    The Story

    God made everything. He let there be light. You will notice from the beginning that light still shines, even when darkness sets in. He made the earth and everything on it. The people that He made were very good, but they chose to go against goodness and light. God is entirely good and He couldn’t leave people in their darkness, so He made a way that kept them from being stuck there forever. He shared this promise, but yet still people tried to go it on their own. They still tried to save themselves when they had no way of doing that. God promised them over and over that He was watching over them with a plan for their future. Even in the face of humanity’s darkness, God’s light planned it all for good. Only He can save.

    Click this link for the text used for this story.

    The Study


    As we read, God planted a rich garden in Eden filled with fruit trees. In the center of the garden stood the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Adam and his wife thought they didn’t need God, so they disobeyed and ate the fruit from that tree. God did not want them to then eat the fruit from the tree of life, which would make them live forever separate from Him.

    Source: pixabay


    People kept getting further and further away from God instead of turning back to Him. So, He sent a flood to start afresh. Noah obeyed God and built an ark to save what God wanted him to save. God promised that He would not destroy like He had destroyed with the flood, and the rainbow is His bow laid down in the sky.


    People still didn’t get it and they tried to build the Tower of Babel to prove how great they were, in spite of who God is rather than because of Him. God didn’t want them to continue that way anymore so He once again caused them to rethink their own power in hopes that they would turn back to Him.


    God knew that people could not provide the solution to the wrong thinvs they were doing without Him. He made a covenant promise with Abraham in which He was the keeper and receiver of the promise. People could not keep the promise for themselves so God had made a way to do that on their behalf. He promised generation after generation – Abram to Isaac to Jacob – a land of milk and honey with an inheritance of forgiveness.

    Source: pixabay


    Jacob’s sons meant evil to come from their actions towards their brother Joseph. God took their evil intentions and worked for Joseph’s good, elevating him to the highest position in all of Egypt.

    The Take-away

    Ask yourself:

    1. “Who makes promises that cannot be broken?”
    2. “How much can I trust someone who only wants good for me?”
    3. “What can I do to live because of light rather than darkness?”

    Write down:

    1. ___ makes promises that cannot broken.
    2. We can trust ___ because of that.
    3. This month, we will ___ (three practical things that you and the group come up with in response).

    We will be back soon with our next study in the book of Exodus in 40 days. I am looking forward to seeing your Genesis creations, just #cookingtheBible and #CookingWithMummaAlsum.

    From mine to yours,

    Mumma Alsum


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