Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Fat Tuesday before Ash Wednesday

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Last chance before Lent to enjoy a fondue.
Last night my Christian friends cooked the cheese mixture in the Swiss Canton of Neuchatel style.
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We all dipped and twirled our bread cubes in the hot cheese.

Being Jewish, I myself will not have to observe the long Lenten "fast," i.e. restriction on certain foods, that lasts until Easter.
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But I wish all who are entering Lent today, on this Ash Wednesday, a meaningful and blessed time of contemplation and repentance and spiritual preparation.
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22 comments:

Kathie said...

Thank you and I will do same for you during Passover. Once, I attended (brought the bitter herbs) a Passover with a priest and a rabbi. It was a very enjoyable and spiritual experience.

JM said...

I love fondue and all the 'ritual' during the meal. Strangest fondue I've had: yak and daisy (not the flower, just the leaves)! :-)

Rob and Mandy said...

Love this stuff, although I prefer the chocolate variety

JM said...

Dina, it was in Lhasa, Tibet.

cieldequimper said...

Trust JM to have had such an experience!

Jacob said...

I remember when fondue became something of a fad in this country - back in the 60s...everyone was doing it and we had a great time. Then it all sort of went away. Always enjoyed it, though.

Suzanne said...

Oh yum! Sounds even better than pancakes which is what we eat on Shrove Tuesday.

FA said...

Thank you, Dina, for your good wishes and prayers. Although you ate cheese on Fat Tuesday it is a really good "meatless" Lenten food...although not very sacrificial, because I love cheese. I hope you are well.

James said...

Now I'm craving fondue. Thanks for sharing the interesting pictures.

Cloudia said...

If only ALL could show your tolerance and good wishes, Dina!





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spacedlaw said...

Yum, I love cheese fondue and haven't have one for ages.

Robin said...

Mmmm... Cheese fondue - perfection on earth.

Pietro said...

Cheese fondue is really delicious!

Dina said...

Shalom Kathie, glad you enjoyed the Passover seder.

Shalom to all you fondue-lovers, whether it be cheese, Tibetan yak (!), or chocolate (?!).

Jacob, I didn't know fondue had been popular in America. My first experience of it was in Switzerland in 2003.

FA, I should explain.
Some of the guests at the table on Tuesday, although Catholic, learned from living near Melkite monks to follow the ascetic fast of Great Lent. The Orthodox rules for lenten fasting are the strict monastic rules.
So these two friends live for 40+ days only on bread, vegetables, fruit, and grains. No cheese or dairy products, no eggs or fish, and of course no meat.

And even my Sister friends, although not following that tradition, they do, during Lent, refrain from "party-like" meals such as the fondue.

jeannette stgermain said...

MMM, that fondue looks good! That kind of fondue they also eat in Germany, where I had it for the first time.
Isn't it interesting that almost any religion has some kind of a fast?

VP said...

JM, you are incredible! I'd like the 'normal' one, without daisies...

moneythoughts said...

Did you see the article on the Internet about a piece of arabic writing found in a building in Jerusalem from 1,100 AD? Very interesting article about who ruled at that time.

Dina said...

Jeannette, yes, good point. I guess there is something to it, to fasting, after all. Have you tried it?

VP, what, you don't want to dip cubes of yak meat in boiling oil with your fork?

Moneythoughts, yes, I have been following it in the Israeli online papers. Interesting. Did you see a picture of the 10th century Arabic writing on 20 x 20 cm slate of marble?
If not, see
http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=168936

The article says "Such formal inscriptions are typical of the time and were often used to grant land and even land tax exemptions to retired military veterans."

Lori Lynn said...

YAY for fondue. Looks like you had a great time with your amigos.
LL

Dina said...

Hey Lori Lynn, I bet you can cook up a great fondue pot.
Yes, it was a fun dinner with my monastic amigos.

Leif Hagen said...

My family and I went to the Ash Wednesday service at our church. I wish we had the chance to try a cheese fondue!

Louis la Vache said...

Yum! «Louis» hasn't had fondue since he lived in France...