Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Food Glorious Food

Food Blessing at St Francis parish church
The fasting and abstinence are over. The 40 days of Lent and the 7 days of Holy Week have inspired many people to fast and abstain from food, as a form of penance and sacrifice. But now that Easter is here, it is a tradition that people feast on food, eating a variety of delicacies, cakes, chocolate eggs, and nice delicious meals. 
The Easter Food Blessing took place in our parish on Easter Saturday at noon, but few families showed up, which motivates me next year to push a little harder for a more generous participation.  Parishioners brought in baskets with Easter Eggs, bread, vegetables, pastries and even salt and pepper.
A Maltese figolla
Malta's favorite food is what is called a figolla, a pastry in the shape of a heart, a basket, a bunny, a duck or whatever inspires the imagination. These are made with two pieces of dough and in between, an almond filling like marzipan is placed, making the entire creation a little chubbier. Then the top is covered with icing, decorations and let to dry before being offered to be eaten.

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