Sam Houston's Article "Giving of Bread"
Posted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:15 pm
Sam Houston wrote an endearing article about how Texas Slim and his wife, Barbra Lasater, shared their knack for baking bread. Sam concluded his article by sharing a spiritual inflection relating to his experience. Sam, his mother, and his father were close friends with Slim and Barbara all of his life. It is clearly evident that he spent quite a bit of time with the Lasaters. I appreciate Sam for sharing part of his life's experiences and his wife, Faneta, for allowing me to reproduce it on Glen's forums.
Sam's blog can be found at https://actstwo42.blogspot.com/2018/02/ ... d.html?m=1There are several things that have been talked about in reference to "Texas Slim Lasater". Radio host, Song writer, Musician, Drive-in theater operator and my personal favorite was inventor. The man was smart in variety of ways. He was very creative which is what the aforementioned talents require. Then there was the side of him that was more mad scientist than other faucets. One of the things he had was a metal lathe to create and build parts for creations he invented. One of his inventions was a Water purification device which was a highly efficient water purification device which includes a degasification apparatus, a distillation apparatus and an ion removal device to purify contaminated water. This from a man that we all thought played a mean guitar. I watched him work on various devices over the years. I have no Idea how many things he patented in his lifetime or some of the ideas he did not bring to fruition. One of the thing's that I learned from him was to always use your mind. One time at their home in Cuba, New Mexico he was messing with a variety of grains, legumes and breaking them down into flours to make healthier breads and foods.
There are a few ways to make bean flour, and they all involve grinding up dried beans until they becomes powdery. You can do this either in a blender, or a grain mill. Slim had a mill that he would use to make bean flour. At the time when the bread was offered, I had no idea what type of flour it was. He would look at you with that twinkle in his eye when he was up to something or curious. A person sometimes had to wonder if he was pulling a prank or curious in your reaction. As I was eating the bread he was asking was it good, what tastes can you taste excreta. After while as I kept trying to pinpoint the flavor it was like something I had tasted before But, could not figure it out. Finally Slim said its "Pinto bean flour, that is what you taste". Prior, o this my bread experience was store bought Wonder bread, whole wheat, sourdough, and tortillas. Over the years after tasting the many breads that he and Barbra baked I now have an affinity for artisan breads. Bread in the Bible functions as a social bond. The giving of bread to another is a major element of hospitality and serves as a sign of respect and concern. 6 And Abraham went quickly into the tent to Sarah and said, “Quick! Three seahs of fine flour! Knead it, and make cakes.” Genesis 18:6 (ESV)