Good morning friends,
Today, I’d like to discuss something a little different in regards to food and eating. Today I begin fasting, this fast is for the Baotha d’Ninwaye, translated to English as the Nineveh fast. In my culture, our fasting lets us eat as we normally would, but for the duration of the fast, we are vegans, thus no animal products.
I’d like to share with you a definition of our fast, please note, this post does contain religious content.
Fasting – Baotha d’Ninwaye
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“*Description: When Assyrians (Chaldeans Syriac) fast for three days and three nights. The Nineveh Feast (Assyrian: Baoutha d-Ninwaye) is a three-day celebration that is composed of prayers and fasting that Assyrians (Chaldean church and Syriac church). The word Bo’utho/Ba’uta is an Syriac (Assyrian) word for “pleading”, and from this meaning we receive the title of this commemoration. This annual observance occurs exactly 3 weeks before the start of lent.
This tradition has been practiced by the Assyrian Christians since the 6th century. In the 6th century, a plague inflicted the Northern regions of modern day Iraq or what was called at the time, Nineveh. The plague was devastating the city and the villages surrounding it, and out of desperation the people ran to their bishop to find a solution.
The bishop sought help through the scriptures and came upon the story of Jonah in the Old Testament. Jonah In the Old Testament story, God sent the prophet Jonah to warn the assyrian city of Nineveh of great destruction unless they repent for their sins or as it is directly quoted: “the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amathi, saying: Arise and go to Nineveh, the great city, and preach in it: for the wickedness thereof is come up before me.” Jonah did not wish for Nineveh to be saved since they (the people of Nineveh) were the enemies of Israel and preferred Nineveh to be destroyed.”
Thus, by fasting, we are pleading to God, we are giving up something to ask forgiveness from God and to save the city of Nineveh and asking that the city never be plagued again.
Further reading: Jonah (and the Whale) on Wikipedia.
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Vegan Baking and Cooking
It’s always a refreshing to try out being a vegan or vegetarian. I’ve tried both and it’s a nice change, but it can be difficult. Once you are into it, you’ll find it easier to adapt meals, find recipes and products.
Here is a recipe that I have adapted to be not only vegan but for the most part, cholesterol free.
Gingerbread Load – (“Starbucks” copycat)
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 2 1/4 teaspoons ginger
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup white sugar (or brown sugar for a deeper flavour)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup applesauce
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour (or line with parchment paper) a 9-inch loaf pan.
- In a medium bowl, mix together flour, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and salt, then set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix oil and sugar until well incorporated. Stir in vanilla extract.
- Mix baking soda into applesauce and stir into oil and sugar mixture.
- Add flour mixture. Mix until smooth.
- Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean.
I tend to make this recipe a lot during the autumn season and around the holidays.
Give this recipe a try. I hope you enjoy making this as much as I do!