It’s already the 2nd Friday in Lent today. The penitential season this year started on Ash Wednesday last week, the 26th of February, a day of fasting and abstinence for all Christians. This…
…may be of some use to anyone who would like a bit more information on what this is all about.
I remember in my growing up years, we would abstain from meat every Friday throughout the year and eat fish instead. Fish was bountiful and cheap in those days but these days, they are very expensive and may be considered a luxury so I would not consider it much of a sacrifice to forego meat for it or prawns or all kinds of seafood, for that matter.
Fasting way back then would mean porridge all day long and fish or salted fish which incidentally, does not come cheap these days either. Ah well! What is cheap these days? I do not have to fast anymore – senior citizens over the age of 60 are exempted but abstinence from meat is a must but anyway, I still try to fast the best I can.
Last Friday, I cooked this…
…for the family for our meals, something light for lunch and dinner. All of us skipped breakfast that morning but the general ruling is we would be allowed two light meals, the amount less than a regular meal on other days and come evening time, we could have a full meal for dinner.
These days, it is very easy for us as we can get fresh fish paste (frozen) from Jakar and Sarikei, mackerel/ikan tenggiri no less…
…and we can use that to make our own fish balls.
I bought some tau kua (bean curd cakes), cut them into halves and cut a slit in them into which I stuffed the fish paste and I deep fried them lightly for use. I used the rest of the fish paste to make fish balls and cooked them with a few cloves of garlic and tang chai (preserved vegetable) in water for the soup and after it had started boiling, I added the stuffed tau kua. I served it with tang hoon (glass noodles) and some khiew chai (curly vegetables) by the side, garnished with some fried sliced shallots and finely chopped daun sup (Chinese celery). I think they have salt and msg in the fish paste so I did not need to add any – the soup was salty and tasty enough.
We had a lot of leftover rice and my missus cooked some kim chi fried rice…
…for dinner and of course, my girl loved it! No, I did not touch it – I just stuck loyally to my tang hoon in tau kua fish ball soup.
I’m not sure what we’ll be having today but considering how times and things have changed, I do feel that instead of having fish, while abstaining from meat, one can abstain from say…using the smartphone or going online, things that we enjoy, for one day…or more.
7 thoughts on “My sacrifice…”
I am not a kim chi lover too. I like your tang hoon soup with all the extra add on ingredients more than the kim chi fried rice.
One vote for me! Yeah!!!! LOL!!!
You are correct on abstinence not only being limited to food. It can also pertain to other actions or attitudes that people usually do on regular days. 🙂
Yes, up to the individual to choose instead of blindly following outdated rules. A Blessed Lenten Season to you and all loved ones, Monch.
Yes, as buddhists we do that also, some people on certain days would fast after lunch for the whole day and they are not supposed to sing, make merry, dance or watch any entertainment shows, only buddhist songs and videos are allowed, a lot of merits for doing that, they believe.
Yes, I do believe that penance can be in the form of any kind of sacrifice.