Toward appropriately festive feasting

July 31, 2014

I dare say I yield to no-one in the annoyance I feel when I look at cooking blogs: all those colourful utensils, long ingredient lists, and gently-lit photographs of unburnt confections are enough to drive me out of the kitchen entirely. But I do like the idea of feasting on feast days, and I can see the argument for celebrating those special days with something apropos (rather than, say, just eating a bag of beef jerky).

Which is why my usual annoyance is moderated when I look at a blog called Catholic Cuisine. The good folks who run it have all the usual photographs of little bowls and clean countertops that you’d expect, but they redeem themselves by coming up with some great feast-day-themed recipes.

For instance, today, for the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, they show us how to make Jésuites — little French pastries, it turns out. For tomorrow, which will be the feast of St. Peter in Chains, they are making a kind of pretzel chain.

A few weeks ago, for the feast of the Sacred Heart, they put together a really nice vegetable tray in the shape of the Sacred Heart. Blessed is he who has not seen and yet has believed — but in this case you really ought to see it anyway.

5 Responses to “Toward appropriately festive feasting”

  1. kathyB Says:

    This is where Catholic Mommy blogs are your friend! Some of them have really made a niche of describing how they incorporate feast days into their family life. has a liturgical year cookbook, but my favourite for this sort of thing is The best thing I saw on that site was how for St. Michael’s day they make a giant satan pinata and let the kids whack it with wooden swords.

  2. cburrell Says:

    To this point I’ve given Catholic Mommy blogs a wide berth, but that Satan pinata is awfully tempting…

  3. Janet Says:

    I used to have cookbooks about food for feastdays and actually use them, but now I’m lucky if I don’t forget it’s a feastday altogether.


  4. Janet Says:

    Why don’t you make yourself responsible for reminding me when it’s Christmas. 😉


  5. cburrell Says:

    I will do that, Janet — if I remember.

    Since moving to our new house (1 year ago), we still haven’t found a good place to put up a calendar of liturgical feasts. I know we’ve missed a few, and we’ve been surprised by more. “Oh, today is…”

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