Yesterday was Family Day. Today is Fat Tuesday. Instead of having two days in a row of eating before fasting in observing lent, we had a scrumptious meal on Family Day.
Between my adopted family next door, Teresa and Andrew, we cooked up a storm. Teresa is in charged with side dishes cooked Polish style: Sauerkraut, Potato, and Green beans. Me, whole pork picnic shoulder smoked bone-in.
The smoked picnic shoulder is as close as I can get that we used to eat back in the Philippines, Jamon. Besides, Canadian folks love this simple dish. It never fails when we have a potluck, they request this as my contribution to the party. It’s an easy peasy or should I say, a lazy way of cooking. My way. Three ingredients: pork, pineapple juice not from concentrate, brown sugar and four hours of baking. In between times, I can use the time for gardening, laundry, and housekeeping.
At dinner time, it was a lot of food for three people. Adi, the cat, insisted that he sits at the head table with his own dish filled with Tuna. Not on the table, he has his own chair.
Since the owner of the building invited Teresa and Andrew for Chinese New Year today, I told Teresa to bring him a few slices of ham. He used to live in the Philippines.
Menu for today, left-overs. Ash Wednesday no meat, then meatless Fridays until Easter celebration.
Mardi Gras ~ All over the world, revelers will recall that this is their last chance to eat, drink, and be merry before Lent begins. It’s the last day for a bit of self-indulgence before a season of self-denial.
There’s nothing wrong with a little extra fun on Mardi Gras—especially if we stay within the bounds of moderation. But as we head into Lent, it’s good to be reminded how tricky and how deceitful our desires can be.
Not all of our desires are sinful. In fact, our deepest, most powerful desires are also our purest desires. We all long for the love, mercy, and joy that come from the Lord. We all yearn to taste his holiness, his purity, and his wisdom. We long for the day when all of our desires are purified so that we can receive “every perfect gift” that God has for us. And that’s exactly what Lent is all about.
Lent isn’t a time of gloom and doom. It is a season of grace and gift giving. A time when our fallen desires can be healed and restored. The Word Amongst Us