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Pre-Christmas fasting

By Sofia, Dec 21 2018 07:12PM

A devout catholic friend was surprised when I mentioned that I was fasting, as she believed that fasting was associated with Great Lent.


Not so. Fasts are still widely observed in Greece! In addition to the regular, all-year-round-strict-fasting each Wednesday and Friday, there are four long fast times within the year known as σαρακοστή (sarakosti or forty days), with each varying from the other marginally.


On most occasions I follow them. At least when I am here. My reason is not religious, but as a matter of community spirit and detox. Plus, they are simpler to achieve when there are rules and the companionship of others.


The pre-Christmas fast is the second long period of fasting after Great Lent. It always begins 15 November and ends 24 December. Over the 40-day period, no meat or any products which derive from animal or poultry are consumed. With the exception of Wednesdays and Fridays - days of strict fasting throughout the year - fish and seafood is allowed, every day, until 17 December, which marks the last pre-Christmas week. The fast then becomes vegan suited up to 24 December.


This is why the bumper nettle find, in my previous blog, was such an excitement!


See below some fast-worthy creations shared with others.


Beetroot with horseradish salad and carrot with cranberries salad
Beetroot with horseradish salad and carrot with cranberries salad
Foraged meal of samphire, squid and pumpkin
Foraged meal of samphire, squid and pumpkin
Main course of squid and nettles. Beetroot and carrots at rear
Main course of squid and nettles. Beetroot and carrots at rear
The squid and nettles to be prepared
The squid and nettles to be prepared
Rita and Elena tucking in. I am taking the photo
Rita and Elena tucking in. I am taking the photo
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