Acid sounds like a strange element of cooking, but it’s very important to brighten the flavors and balance out the fats in a dish. Aside from the obvious acids like vinegars and citrus, wines, beers, and cultured dairy products like yogurt are good acids to add to a dish. After watching Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, I have started trying to add acids to what I am cooking.
Acid really isn’t the star of the dish though. It’s best when used as a sidekick to bring the flavors of the dish together and lift the other flavors, whether salty, or sweet, bitter or savory. The acid chosen can bring its own special quality to fit the dish, but it works when it is not overpowering.
I think how very much unlike acid that I usually am. I want to be the star of the show. Isn’t everyone here to edify me? Common human failing. It’s much more difficult to think of ways to help others become better.
Thankfully, the Holy Spirit is there to encourage us to do so, and even be an example. Even though He is His own person, He turns our eyes on Christ.
“He [the Spirit of Truth] will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.”John 16:14-15
Jesus, in His time on earth, was also an example.
“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interest of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus… [who] made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.”Phil. 2:3-4
I honestly wasn’t sure what direction this blog post would take, and now I wish I would have stuck with something a bit less convicting! Thank you, Holy Spirit, for turning this back to Christ. Imagine that.
Let us be like acids then, friends. Like that squeeze of lemon or splash of sherry vinegar that brightens a dish, let us look for ways to elevate those around us.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.