Thursday, December 13, 2007

Another Good Recipe for the Fast

DearHusband made this dish for supper tonight and I thought it was wonderful! Unlike most fasting recipes, I'd eat this anytime! Awesome and pretty simple.

From A Lenten Cookbook for Orthodox Christians, St. Nectarios Press, Seattle (1982):

Cabbage Rice
3 cups chopped cabbage
3 T. tomato paste
1/4 cup olive or other oil
1-1/2 t. salt
1 cup long grain rice
2 cups water
2 t. chopped parsely
1/4 t. pepper

(He added a little shredded carrot and a bit of crushed red pepper flakes, to perk it up a bit).

Cook chopped cabbage and seasoning in oil over low hear for about 20 minutes. Add water and tomato paste; bring to a boil.
Add rice, reduce heat, cover and simmer until rice is light and fluffy.

And as if that weren't good enough, DearHusband also made a wonderful dessert - gingerbread (my favorite!) I didn't know there was a decent fasting gingerbread recipe out there. This recipe's from Food For Paradise (compiled, it says, by the Orthodox Church of St. John the Russian, Ipswich, MA - 1980):

Fasting Gingerbread
1 c. molasses
1/2 c. brown sugar, packed
1/2 c. vegetable oil
3/4 t. cinnamon
3/4 t. nutmeg
1 t. ginger
1/2 c. boiling water
2-1/2 c. flour
1 t. baking soda
granulated sugar, optional

Combine molasses, brown sugar, oil and spices. Stir in boiling water. Mix in flour. Add baking soda and stir until mixed. Pour into well-greased 8x11 pan. Sprinkle the top with granulated sugar (or not) and bake for 30-35 minutes at 350 degrees. Serve warm.

(Disclaimer: The photographs which appear here were not taken of our supper. Didn't think to post these recipes until the leftovers were put away and dishes were done. But they look pretty close. Visual results may vary).

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