Eating the Bible: Mortar and Memories

Tonight’s post comes from Exodus 1:14

And they embittered their lives with hard labor, with mortar and with bricks and with all kinds of labor in the fields, in all of their work they worked with back-breaking labor.

I felt that this passage fits nicely with the journey of Lent. Maybe not in the literal sense, unless your Lenten observance is to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity (hey, that’s a good one!), but in the sense that honoring and serving God and the community does require hard work. Spiritual labor, although probably not physically taxing, can break you down and build you back up.

Rena decided to do a play on “mortar and bricks” by cutting meatloaf into the shape of bricks and stacking them, using a sauce as the mortar. I used my mini loaf pan to create mini meatloaves.

Mini Turkey Meatloaves


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 small carrot, chopped
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/2 C breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp ketchup, plus more for topping
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire
  • 1 egg


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat saute onions in olive oil for 2 minutes. Season with S+P. Add garlic and stir, 30 seconds. Add carrots and cook another 5 minutes. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl combine turkey, breadcrumbs, ketchup and egg. Add in the carrots, salt, pepper, and parsley.
  4. Form meatloaf into 7 mini meatloaves and place in greased mini loaf pan or on a greased baking dish. Top each with extra ketchup and bake 35-40 minutes.

*This recipe is modified from Eating the Bible by Rena Rossner*

Mini Turkey Meatloaf

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