I was supposed to write this article last December but the holiday rush, preparation and celebration with the family kept me from doing so.
This article though came in timely as my previous articles for this month were all about gifts (not your usual gift in a box with a ribbon) and the value of serving others through your gifts. I actually didn’t expect that last Sunday’s lecture will also be about that. Ah yes, it always is a wonder how things can be intertwined all because of God’s mysterious ways. 🙂
What is serving and how can we serve in a biblical sense?
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” – Mark 10:45
“…and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” – Matthew 20:27-28
And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’ – Matthew 25:40
I believe one way of honoring God and showing our thanks to Him is by sharing that love to others too. Let’s just say that you felt how much God loves you and it is just too wonderful to keep it to yourself that’s why you wanted to let others know and feel that kind of love as well.
In doing so, they might wonder what is it that’s been fueling your actions and though they might not understand it at first, this can be your perfect response – out of love.
“We love because He first loved us.” – 1 John 4:19
In the aspect of serving, we do find ourselves doing that knowingly or unknowingly with our families first and foremost. So last Christmas, I thought about preparing this roasted chicken recipe which was the first in the family’s Christmas celebration tradition.
Do take note though that I am no chef. lol 😀
I was just inspired and taught by my 3 older sisters who are very good in the kitchen and have such superb cooking skills they can invent their own recipe. Yup, no kidding. They really are that good.
Being the youngest, I grew up being the dishwasher. Haha Yes, you won’t believe it but my brother and I take turns in washing the dishes when we were younger. We are the two youngest members in the family, by the way.
On a side note, I just love being in a big family. You might not get to see or talk to all of them at the same time, yet you’ll still have one sibling to bug about every week aside from your parents. 😀
Anyway, as for my roasted chicken recipe, let’s just say I combined all the roasted chicken recipes I could find over the internet and came up with a “hybrid” roasted chicken. 😉
Here’s the recipe:
1 whole chicken
1 bunch of lemongrass
1 cup butter
½ cup tomato ketchup
1 cup soy sauce
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons salt
5 cloves whole garlic
2 teaspoons slightly crushed black pepper
4 onions cut into 4 parts
- Combine all the ingredients except for butter.
- Place the onions, garlic and lemongrass inside the chicken and marinate overnight.
- Prepare the butter and remaining marinade for basting.
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Farenheit and cook for about 1 hour or until the chicken is tender.
- Top it with garnishing, serve and enjoy!
I intend to make this a yearly tradition – out of love for God, love for family and joy in serving others. 🙂
Oh and one mistake from the roasted chicken recipe – don’t prepare 1 roasted chicken ONLY especially when there are about 8 persons hoping to try it. lol
I was expecting it to be served as an additional dish along with other meals but it became the main course – ooopps, my mistake. So yes, Mom wasn’t able to try it as she ate late and sadly, no roasted chicken leftover. I have this year to make up for it though. 😀
One thing more, the turbo broiler is a kitchen winner for me, nothing beats. ❤