Fruits of the Holy Spirit

Fruits of the Holy Spirit

Pentecost is tomorrow. From my favorite liturgical cookbook, Cooking for Christ I love to read her story of her Pentecost Picnic.

Inspired by Mrs. Berger, I’d like to make a strawberry cake and have a picnic. But I think I’ll settle to eating alfresco (on the porch) and an allergy-free shortcake. I’m also serving poultry, probably chicken, reminding us of the symbol of the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove. And I’ll grill it…giving the bit of tongues fire to the feast! Since this is the birthday of the Church, this will be a taste of the birthday party celebration, too.

Due to the food allergy restrictions, I had to search for shortcake alternatives.

I am also thinking of serving a fruit salad. Suggested by Evelyn Vitz in her cookbook A Continual Feast is a twelve fruit salad, imitating the twelve fruits of the Holy Spirit (note that St. Paul in Galatians only mentions 9 fruits, but the Church teaches that there are 12):

Charity
Joy
Peace
Patience
Benignity
Goodness
Long-suffering (patient suffering over an extended period)
Mildness
Faith
Modesty
Continency
Chastity

Different possibilities: grapes (combine different varieties), cherries, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots, pineapple, apples, bananas, melon (combine different varieties), oranges, grapefruit, kiwi, mangoes, pears
Sugar is optional
and lemon juice.

You can either mix all the fruits together in a large bowl, or lay them in an attractive pattern (perhaps with twelve as an organizing motif) on a bed of greens. Sprinkle with sugar if desired and lemon juice to keep from browning.


She suggests serving this with Curry Mayonnaise, which for one, we can’t have in this house because of eggs and two, doesn’t sound appealing. What I do with our fruit salad is serve with pound cake or, in this case, shortcakes and whipped topping. Who says shortcakes only have to have strawberries on them? There are some types of the dairy free topping that are completely free of allergens (check the label to make sure). Yes, they don’t taste like the real thing, heavy whipped cream….but it is still tasty.

Happy Birthday! Enjoy your family Pentecost celebration.

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