Sunday, December 12, 2010
Menu Plan : Third Week of Advent
We celebrated this break in our fast by eating all sorts of treats today that we normally don't have during Advent. The rest of the week is still a normal week of the Advent fast. Also, there are three Ember days this week. These are days of fasting and praying that occur each season, for increase of faith, for conversions, for increase in vocations and for special intentions. If you are not fasting from meat on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, these are days to do so, or simply increase your fasting. If you are already fasting from meat, either make the days vegan or fast completely from food. If you cannot fast from food completely, fast from one or more meals that day. These are days especially dedicated to prayer. Begin with penitence. Generally speaking, since Wednesdays and Fridays are traditionally meat fast days anyway, so during Ember days, they would become full fast days. Fridays are even supposed to be full fast days during Lent for those who are able. Obviously, Good Friday is a complete fast day. Christmas Eve is a meat fast day, regardless of what day it falls during the week, the fast is broken at the evening mass. Jesus presumed we would fast and pray regularly. Fasting is not an option as a Christian, but something we are expected to do.
Oh, in the interest of preserving your faith in the internets, we did not have the fish tacos on Saturday, but Rich baked some halibut steaks with salt, champagne vinegar, safflower oil, thyme, smoked paprika and panko. He served it with rice and steamed green beans. It was delicious. Also, on Friday, it turned out that we didn't have as many eggs as I thought we did, so I made a kind of spanikopita themed bread pudding which was also wonderful. I'll post both recipes soon.
Enjoy this week's menu and feel free to ask any questions.
Breakfast: Oatmeal with Brown Sugar, Milk and Coffee
Dinner: : Slow Baked Chuck Roast, Baked Potatoes, Apple Pie
Breakfast: Baked Cranberry Walnut French Toast*, Milk and Coffee
Dinner: Vegetable Beef Soup, Artisan Bread, Pineapple
Breakfast: Dutch Baby Pancake* with Powdered Sugar and Lemon, Bananas, Milk and Coffee
Dinner: Indian Summer Gratin, Clementines
Breakfast: Toast and Almond Butter, Apple- Apricot Sauce, Tea and Honey
Dinner: Spanikopita Bread Pudding*, Oranges
Breakfast: Oatmeal with Raisins and Brown Sugar, Milk and Coffee
Dinner: Italian Sausage and Potato Bake, Bread to Sop up the Juices, Clementines
Breakfast: Granola, Milk and Coffee
Dinner: Green Bean Soup, Whole Wheat Rolls
Breakfast: Pancakes with Syrup, Milk and Coffee
Dinner: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Carrot Sticks