KidsView  | The Adventist Review for kids and those who always will be kids at heart | September 2016

Meal Time!

By Chantal Klingbeil

Would you have liked to be invited to Ellen White’s home for a meal? Apparently people loved enjoying dinner at her house.

When she was older she had a big garden and fruit trees and a cook who prepared the meals (Mrs. White was very busy because of her writing and preaching). The food was always delicious. 

So what was a meal at Ellen White’s home like? The table would be set with a white linen cloth, and there would be a bouquet of flowers or a bowl of fruit in the middle. For  lunch (which was normally served at 1:00 p.m.) you could expect three hot dishes. 

There would be fresh vegetables, such as corn or tomatoes, and perhaps a baked dish of macaroni. Homemade bread would be on the menu, and you could put strawberry, blackberry, or loganberry jam on your bread with a small blob of cream. For dessert there might be fresh fruit, or perhaps a pumpkin or lemon pie, or just maybe some tapioca pudding. 

You definitely wouldn’t be drinking soda with your meal. But you could expect some fruit juice or milk. 

Although Ellen White wrote a lot about being healthy and eating good food, she always wanted her family and guests to enjoy their meals. 

There were two rules when you ate at Ellen White’s home. The first was that nothing unpleasant could be discussed at the table. You couldn’t talk about your bad math grade or the teacher that drives you crazy. You also couldn’t talk about anything gross. Anything fun, happy, interesting, or encouraging was good table talk in the White home. Somehow food tastes better when there is no fighting going on at the table. 

Rule number two was one that her grandchildren really liked. The cook would bring in each dish, and then everyone would dish some onto their plate and pass the serving dish on. The rule was that if you didn’t like something, you just passed it on. You didn’t say, “Yuck, I just hate carrots. I don’t want any.” You just passed the carrots with no fuss, because food tastes better when no one is fussing about what they don’t like at the table.

Perhaps you would like to try Ellen White’s two rules for meals at your home, and see if your food doesn’t taste better!