Second Day of the Easter Triduum: Good Friday

Good Friday is the second day of the Easter Triduum, followed right after Holy Thursday. For Catholics around the world, it means fasting, even if the requirements are different for different countries. For example, in America Catholics ages 14 and up must abstain from meat and ages 18-59 must fast by eating only one full meal and two half meals that can not be greater than the full meal when put together. In addition only water and milk, and no other drinks may be consumed. On the other hand, here in Poland, there still is fasting and abstaining, but unlike in America everyone who is able to must fast if they are over the age of 18. Of course there are some exceptions to the fasting rules in all countries. For example, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, those who are sick, and those who are on a special diet are exempt in both countries, but additionally, in America, if one is traveling then that person is basically exempt. Also the rules are stricter in America than they are here in Poland as to what and how much can and can’t be eaten.

On Good Friday, in the Catholic Church there are usually prayer/Eucharistic services with adoration of the cross and sometimes Stations of the Cross happening to commemorate that Jesus died on the cross on Friday and spent three hours on it, but was later taken down and given a proper burial in a tomb. There are no full on masses from the Holy Thursday Mass to the Easter Vigil Mass to commemorate the suffering and death of Christ and to remember that on the third day He rose again from the dead. Usually Good Friday is a solemn day to remember these things. Tomorrow is Holy Saturday, which means that we will be decorating intricately the Easter eggs and going to bless the Easter baskets that symbolize what we will be eating on Easter Day. Apparently, even non-believers are mesmerized by the tradition of blessing the Easter baskets/food and do it themselves as well.

Here in Poland, all of the food that is eaten on Easter has to be prepared ahead of time, so the friend’s daughter came over with her son again, as well as her mother. We made homemade pierogies, even though the flour that we used made them practically impossible to roll out the dough and to pinch the edges together, and the meat that we used for the filling was also impossible to grind because the machine we had to use is extremely old and the meat was not cooked long enough, which made it even harder to grind. We will find out tomorrow how they turned out when we eat them with the beet soup for dinner.

In addition, the family friend made another walnut cake type dessert. The one she made yesterday overcooked, so it was a little bit browner than it should have been, and she even cried. I, personally think it turned out really well, but she said that when it is baked to the right color it tastes even better, so I’ll see tomorrow how it compares with the first one.

Other than playing with the baby and making the pierogies, today was another laid back and chill day, which I am grateful for. That is all for today, and I will update again tomorrow with how well the decorating of the eggs goes for us, and I may be able to even include a few photos to go along with the post, so stay tuned.

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Typical American Cuisine

So today has been kind of a busy day, and this is the first chance that I have had to just sit down and relax. I had my classes like usual from 11:30 to 6:15, but then I had to go grocery shopping, both for myself and for my homework that I had to do for my language class for tomorrow.

This week, our main topic has been about food, cooking and the kitchen in general, so on Tuesday, my teacher assigned us the task of bringing in a dish from our home countries. There are eight of us from six different countries. There’s one guy and one girl from Hungary, who did not even know the other existed before they came to the course and even though they attend the same university back home, there’s a girl from Russia, but all the way on the other side closer to China, there’s a girl from Japan (which I will discuss in a later post the demographics of the course), there’s a girl from France, there’s a guy who lived part of his life in Canada and the rest in the States, and then there’s another guy and myself which are from the States.

The teacher asked us what we were going to bring in because she was curious, but only a few people knew, so I know the guy from Hungary is bringing in some alcohol, the guy from the States is bringing in some sort of dessert, the girl from Japan is making some sort of sushi thing, and I decided to make deviled eggs.

I decided to make deviled eggs because as I was researching typical dishes found in America, I found that it was the easiest thing to make and required the fewest number of ingredients that I was required to buy. I found the recipe on AllRecipes.com, but I had to substitute some sauce for sandwiches for the creamy dressing, because I couldn’t find any salad dressing here. I ate a few of them that were falling apart and they actually turned out pretty good, even though I may have added a little bit too much mustard to them.

That’s all for today. Tomorrow I’ll tell you how my class liked the deviled eggs I made and how the other things my class brought in tasted and explain what they were. I’ll also tell you how my birthday celebration dinner went because today after class I invited everyone to dinner tomorrow, but already three people can’t make it, which makes me a bit sad, but I’ll live. Bye now!

Here’s the link to the recipe I used. I had to use a lot more of the mustard and the dressing than it said, even though I only used six eggs. Enjoy!
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/deviled-eggs/detail.aspx