23 May 2007

A Pentecost Feast

This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, my favorite church holiday. Unlike Christmas and Easter it has yet to be over-commercialized but I wouldn't be surprised to see the rise of Pentecost stuff at Party City, Pentecost Sales at the car lots and special gifts or baskets for kids.

Christmas has Roast; Easter has Ham; the Derby has a Mint Julep, the Preakness has a Black Eyed Susan; but what about Pentecost? Someone at Bible Study yesterday suggested Blood Pudding as appropriate fare.

  • 1 quart pig's blood
  • 12 ounces bread crumbs
  • 1/2 lb. suet
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 quart milk
  • 1 cup cooked barley
  • 1 cup dry rolled oats
  • 1 ounce ground mint


Mix all ingredients together in a bowl; pour into a large kettle or Dutch oven and bring to a boil. Pour into a wide shallow bowl and season again if necessary. Chill thoroughly, until firm. When cold it may be cut into slices and fried.

Even with my supreme affection for the magical animal I dont think I can stomach Blood Pudding.

Perhaps the Acts story can provide some guidance:
And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God. And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.

From the account the feast would need to be international served with Beaujolais Nouveau. Accessible ingredients will be tough to come by.

First Course: Matzo Ball Soup
Second Course: Koshary
Main Course: Rosemary Roaster Lamb
After Dinner: Feta and Parsley Salad
Dessert: Gruyere slices drizzled with honey.

I have no idea if this would work, but it does cover the majority of menus from the Pentecost languages heard that morning. I believe the fruity and lightness of the new wine wouldn't be too awful of a choice.

Any other ideas?

I almost thought about a red sauce with pasta but that just wouldnt cut it.

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