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Saturday, 19 March 2016

"Meat" me in May.. :)

Hello everybody.

Happy Saturday.
I hope you're having a good morning, and that your day is planned out by some amazing happenings. If not, I hope you're resting happily.'s COMING closer, guise! :)

For most of you, living away from here, Easter is just two weeks from now.As for us, it's far from now, on May 1st - but, our preparations have started.
Resurrection of Christ does not fall on the same date each year, but according to the determination of the position of the moon and spring equinox, which is based on the original setting during the last Events of the life of Christ on earth.. so, don't get confused. :)

For us, one of the major parts of "preparation" for this holiday is "lent", or fasting. The word “fast” means not eating all or certain foods.
The first week of Lent is especially strict. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, a total fast is kept. In practice, very few people are able to do this. Some find it necessary to eat a little each day after sunset. Many Faithful do fast completely on Monday and then eat only uncooked food (bread, fruit, nuts) on Tuesday evening. On Wednesday, the fast is kept until after the Presanctified Liturgy.
From the second through the sixth weeks of Lent, the general rules for fasting are practiced. Meat, animal products (cheese, milk, butter, eggs, lard), fish (meaning fish with backbones), olive oil and wine (all alcoholic drinks) are not consumed during the weekdays of Great Lent. Octopus and shell-fish are allowed, as is vegetable oil. On weekends, olive oil and wine are permitted.

but that does not mean we starve ourselves.

That is why, today,I'm sharing a recipe with you. It's something I make on these days, something as a "wrap" food, and something you might find quite resembling to your "staple" food:

1 cup dry lentils, well rinsed
2 1⁄2 cups water
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1⁄2 medium onion, diced
1 carrot, diced
1 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon soy sauce (omit, if you have alleries, like me)
3⁄4 cup rolled oats, finely ground
3⁄4 cup breadcrumbs
Boil lentils in the water with the salt for around 45 minutes. Lentils will be soft and most of the water will be gone. Best way to shorten the cooking period is to soak them in water overnight.
Fry the onions and carrot in the oil until soft, it will take about 5 minutes.
In a bowl mix the cooked ingredients with the pepper, soy sauce, oats and bread cumbs.
While still warm form the mixture into patties, it will make 8-10 burgers.
Burgers can then be shallow fried for 1-2 minutes on each side or baked at 200°C for 15 minutes. 
Note: They can also be individually wrapped in the freezer bags and frozen for further use. For someone worrying what to prepare for workdays, this is a great option. 
Surely, you don't have to be religious to try this out.:)
If you do try, let me know!


  1. You have much stricter fasting rules than we Roman Catholics in the US. We only need to fast on 2 days, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. And it needn't be a total fast. You can have a portion of bread or the like. And then on Fridays we can't eat meat, meaning no flesh from mammals or birds. We can have dairy foods, eggs, fish and seafood. I guess one could eat lizards, snakes, and frogs since they aren't mammals or birds?

    And our Easter is a week from now. Easter varies and this year is an early one. Easter is never as late as May for us.

    How interesting to learn of the differences.

    1. Dawn,
      I stand corrected:; your Easter IS on the last Sunday of March - you are ever so right to correct me with this.
      As for eating lizards, snakes, and frogs - no one here is THAT desperate for meat. :)


  2. Huge yum! This looks marvelous and like it would really satisfy the belly.

    Wishing you a wonderful Lenten season,
    ♥ Jessica

  3. That looks like a very good burger, though I think my husband would sneak off to the kitchen in search of meat. He doesn't like meat-free meals much.

    (Dawn here in the UK in medieval times things like puffins and seals were classed as fish as they lived partly in the sea!)

    1. Mim,
      thank you for the lizard-issue clarification :)
      There is a LOT of folks out there who chose not to stay away from meat, eggs and dairy - so I can understand it.