Posts Tagged ‘Catholic’

New Traditions

April 9, 2012

This year, we celebrated a holiday I coined “Easter-over”. It was intended to be a non-denominational hybrid of Easter, and Passover.

Of the 9 guests, there were 3 non-practicing Jews, a couple of lapsed Catholics, and a few others that didn’t have much of an affiliation to any formalized religion at all.

It was the ideal celebration for me. It paid respect to multiple cultures and holidays, and incorporated lots of different foods.

Wasn’t it ironic, that by the end of the evening, all the “non-Jews” were asking where their favorite part of the Seder went?  Someone hid a matzo, someone else set out a glass of wine for Elijah the Prophet.  Others asked where the haroset, (an apple, nut and wine concoction reminiscent of mortar) was.

I was initially surprised but ultimately realized that the religious implications of the day did not play a significant role. Being with “family”, in this case a multi-cultural group that shared no blood but lots of love and history, was the most important aspect. Those familiar foods and rituals had become an important part of our “family’s” heritage.
Perhaps Easter-over will become a new tradition. If you don’t celebrate Passover or Easter, celebrate spring. Next year go ahead and serve ham and matzo balls if you want to, just do something meaningful with people who love you.

The Easter bunny came and went, and Elijah drank his sweet kosher wine. The matzo was found, and the leftovers packed away. Hopefully the memories will live on.

Happy Easter-over everyone!

photo: Glasshouse Images

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Eating Religiously

April 6, 2012

Several weeks ago, as my Trader Joe’s “Sweet, Savory and Tart Trek Mix” addiction was reeling out of control, I discovered it was Lent.  While I am not Catholic, and honestly couldn’t tell you anything about the significance of the occasion, I did know that it involved giving up something you enjoy until Easter, and I loves me some good trek mix!

Always one for a challenge, or in this case an intervention, I tossed the last of it in the trash and decided to do without it for awhile. (Before the food waste followers gasp in horror, if truth be told, the bag was nearly empty!)

Tonight marks the start of the Jewish holiday of Passover, where one is expected to do without flour products for 8 days in remembrance of the Jews’ escape from Egypt, where the bread did not have time to rise. I am not certain what that has to do with cookies and pasta which are relatively flat, but since the rules were established centuries ago, let’s just roll with it.

Regardless of your religious beliefs, now is a great time to take a break and go gluten free for 8 days. If you don’t fill up on all kinds of “replacement” foods, and just forego the bread, cake, pasta and cookies, it’s highly likely you will lose weight.
If you are like me, you will also lose that bloated belly, and gain energy.

So consider yourself challenged: Try to spend the next 8 days, “passing-over” refined carbs and eat only whole foods that have not been processed, preserved or packaged.

If your body really is your temple, it will thank you!


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