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Lenten food?


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Lenten food?

rworange | Mar 7, 2011 09:21 PM

It starts Wednesday. What else is there beside fish frys, pretzels and hot cross buns?

Here's an old post on Lenten soups

Something I never heard of before that is served on Holy Week in Ecuador is fanesca, a soup with twleve beans and grains (symbol of the twelve apostles). From wikipedia

"It is a rich soup, with the primary ingredients being figleaf gourd (sambo), pumpkin (zapallo), and twelve different kinds of beans and grains (chochos (lupines), habas (fava beans), lentils, peas, corn and others) ... and bacalao (salt cod), cooked in milk, due to the Christian religious prohibition against red meat during Holy Week (the week before Easter). It is also generally garnished with hard boiled eggs, fried plantains, herbs, parsley, and sometimes empanadas"

The Greeks have Lenten Cake - (Keik Nistisimo)

There's also Greek Lenten Bread (Lagana)

"The Lenten bread known as Lagana traditionally sees the light of day only once each year, on the first day of the Greek Orthodox Lent, known as Clean Monday. "

From a blog with sections of Maria Von Trapp's book (yes, the real one, not Julie Andrews), there are reicpes for

- Spring Herb Soup (Siebenkraeutersuppe) served on Holy Thursdsay
"Afterwards there is the traditional spinach with fried eggs. In Austria, Holy Thursday is called Gruendonnerstag (Green Thursday). Many people think that the word “gruen” stands for the color, but this is not so. It derives from the ancient German word “greinen,” meaning “to cry or moan.” Nevertheless, Gruendonnerstag will have its green lunch."

- Unleavened bread (and an interesting food-related section following the recipe)

- Simmel Cake (served on the third Sunday of Lent when some Catholics were allowed a day off from the fasting)

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