Catholic devotees who are abstaining from meat may instead eat vegetables, fish, seafood, or tofu. Soft foods such as these can also help one prepare for fasting.
Because it’s already Holy Week and we’re still at work, “Andar ng mga Balita” is featuring food that’s fit for the Lenten season.
Featured dish: Ginisang Togue (Stir-fried bean sprouts)
Bean sprouts are a common ingredient in Asian cuisine. Common dishes that may use sprouts are fried rice, spring rolls, egg drop soup, and hot and sour soup. They may also be simply stir-fried.
Featured dish: Fish paksiw
Paksiw is a method of cooking meat and fish with a souring agent. Fish, pork, and left-over lechon may be cooked in this manner.
A variant of paksiw is “paksiw sa gata” or paksiw with coconut milk. The coconut milk adds flavor and thickens the broth.
Featured dish: Vegetarian Pizza
Pizza is defined as “a type of bread and tomato dish, often served with cheese, that has existed since time immemorial in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine.”
Once known as food for the poor, pizza consisted of a flat bread with red sauce on top. It was after the 16th century when tomatoes were used as a topping for pizza. Still, the only toppings used include herbs and spices, cheese, olive oil, or anchovies. Adding meat on pizza was a late innovation.
This food segment is definitely heading for a fresh start next week. In the meantime, we hope you can take this time to reflect and observe the Lenten season.
(goes off to meditate)