Triduum and Easter Plans

I’ve been neglecting my food blog. I visit here often, because I have found it so convenient to print out my recipes, and not have to search around. But I haven’t been very creative in the kitchen, so I haven’t added to the blog.

But for those that are tired of seeing blueberries on the top venue, this post is for you. 😉

I have to mention that I’ve decided blogging is the best thing for me. Why? Because when I write down my plans and/or the events of the feast days, I can remind myself next year what I did. It was nice to see last year’s events, and easy for me to remember what cake recipe I actually did make for the lamb.

I’m keeping meals at basic for the Triduum. After seeing Joanna Bogle on Feasts and Seasons, it made me want Hot Cross Buns, which I may buy from the grocery store. I preferred her recipe which had a flour and water cross, but the whole bun had a sugar glaze. The local ones just have icing crosses, which seem less penitential. But Mrs. Bogle said having the buns on Good Friday, even with their spicy sweetness makes that day special. It’s a special food only eaten on that day (although she did mention some serve the buns on Easter morning, too).

She also mentioned something about being in the kitchen more during holydays, such as Holy Week than the rest of the year. I’ve been feeling guilty that I bake only during these times, that it’s not a good representation of my life, and I worried I was detracting from the feast. But she said just the opposite — spending the extra time making these treats for the holy days marks the time and food as special, unique. She said it more eloquently, but it made me feel more confident to continue.

Tonight I’m serving roast beef and mashed potatoes. We’ll rushing out to get a good seat for the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, but we’ll try to do similar to last year.

We’re spending Easter Sunday at my mother’s. Her meal will be roast beef, mashed potatoes, corn, asparagus, green salad, rolls, and I will bring the Lamb Cake for dessert.

I’m making two cakes, one allergy safe for my son. I can’t praise enough the mixes from The Cravings Place. These are the best egg, dairy, and gluten free mixes ever. Trust me, I can’t make something this good from scratch. We’ve now had the brownies and chocolate cake mix. Yummy, even for those who don’t have to abstain from certain foods.

Easter Monday, part of the Octave of Easter, when each day is Easter Sunday all over again. I’ll be serving up Ham with Spirit Glaze. I love serving ham. It makes me feel frugal, when I can whip up several meals and lunches from one ham. It also is one of my son’s favorite meals.

And now to work….

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