Tuesday, November 1, 2011

This Week's Festival

A BIG thank you to everyone who brought food and drinks to our Halloween Cocktail; the delicious Spanish omelette with piquillo peppers was a "wicked" (cool) idea!

Did you you know that there has always been a close association between food and the dead? If you're interested, read the article below and discover more. It's adapted from this source.

"For thousands of years, in many, many cultures throughout the world, there has always been a close connection between food and the dead: in Ancient Egypt, the dead were buried with honeycakes to eat in the afterlife; in the Netherlands, “doed koeks” were consumed by the mourners at funerals; Sicilians welcomed their dead with cartocci and tatu; and in Mexico, el Día de los Muertos is still a very important celebration where the favourite food of the deceased is placed on family altars and decorated with bright orange flowers.

  In Ireland, when Halloween was called samhain, the Irish had an absolute feast on this day: fresh meat and black pudding were plentiful, and the druids – Celtic priests – munched nuts, apples, and probably the occasional magic mushroom, in preparation for contact with the other world. But this all changed when Christianity came. All Hallow’s Eve became a day of fasting, and meat and meat products were banned. Today, vegetarian food is still popular. Typically, the Irish make colcannon – a very warming dish of cabbage, potatoes and leeks, Boxty, which are potato pancakes, soul cakes, made from white flour, butter, sugar and sultanas, and bairin breac, which is a deliciously nutritious sweetbread with a ring of good fortune baked into it."

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