Sunday, February 21, 2021
Menu Plan: First Sunday in Lent
There are many beautiful icons of the Temptation of Jesus, but this painting by Duccio captures the essense of our Lenten journey with Christ in the desert. After being driven to the desert to fast for 40 days and be tested (not as a trick or pop quiz, but to model for us and to teach the way we make our spiritual battle), He commands Satan away, with the angels waiting to attend Him.
We are still eating dairy and eggs and some fish on Sundays, and it was amazing how good scrambled eggs tasted after only four days of not eating any. It makes you appreciate such simple goodness. Most of our menus are Lenten for both East and West. This year of such a long separation between our observance has us praying more fervently for unity. That is a Lent the Church must endure, but it will bring a glorious Resurrection.
This week is also the feast of one of my favorite saints, Saint Polycarp, who was taught directly by Saint John the Evangelist. So much of what we know about the Apostles' teaching comes from him and men like him. Take some time to read his martyrdom, and his life. His faith is a model for ours. The early church used his bones as a lesson to catechumens that in choosing Christ, they were choosing martyrdom. It is a good thing to remember during Lent.
Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs, Salsa and Cheese with Toast, Fruit Plate, Milk and Coffee
Dinner: Macaroni & Cheese (using tapioca starch in place of the flour in the sauce, and using butternut squash "noodles" for Jerome), Salad, Fruit Plate
Breakfast: Avocado Toast with Shallot Salt (Avocado and Cottage Cheese for Jerome), Sliced Apples, Tea with Honey or Coffee
Dinner: Fried Cauliflower with Taratoor, Muhammarra* and Tamis (Tiger Nut Chips for Jerome), Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
- Tuesday - Saint Polycarp of Smyrna
Breakfast: Ful with Chopped Tomatoes and Sah'awiq with Toast (no toast for Jerome), Kalamata Olives, Sliced Apples, Mint Tea with Honey or Coffee
Dinner: Black Bean Chili, Chopped Onions, Cilantro, Avocado and Jalapeno, Fried Corn Tortilla Strips (or Tiger Nut Chips), Fruit Plate
- Wednesday - Saint Matthias
Breakfast: Scrambled Garbanzo Beans with Roasted Red Peppers, Tea with Honey or Coffee
Dinner: Moroccan Vegetable Stew with Cous Cous (or Cauliflower Rice), Harissa, Sliced Oranges
Breakfast: Peanut Butter Toast with Honey, Sliced Apples (or Sliced Apples spread with Peanut Butter), Tea with Honey or Coffee
Dinner: Chinese Chickpea Salad, Fruit Plate
- Friday - Saint Alexander of Alexandria
Breakfast: Vegetable Hash with Black Beans, Sliced Oranges, Tea and Honey or Coffee
Dinner: Thai Pumpkin Soup, Rolls (or Coconut Flour Biscuits), Fruit Plate
Breakfast: Lenten Pancakes (or Chickpea Flour Pancakes with Berries and Almond Butter for Jerome), Sliced Apples, Tea with Honey or Coffee
Dinner: Shrimp Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce (Lettuce Wraps for Jerome), Fruit Plate