Lent season is over…
Coming from a Catholic family, La Cuaresma is something my family has
always practiced. It begins on Ash Wednesday and continues until Sabado
de Gloria, the day before Easter Sunday.
Growing up, every Friday after Ash Wednesday up until the last Friday
before Easter Sunday, we did not eat red meat. On these days, I
remember savoring calabasitas, nopalitos, shrimp soup, shrimp cocktails,
tortas de camaron, chiles rellenos, etc… the list goes on and on. Then
on Easter Sunday, we would get dressed up to the nine’s, go to church,
and get together with all the cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents,
great-grandparents (yes, I have a big familia). Then the huge feast
began, usually consisting of carne asada with endless side dishes. We
would stuff ourselves silly, making up for all the meat we missed out on
the previous Fridays ;O) The grown-ups, would hide what seemed like a
million Easter eggs for us and we would run around like bunnies with our
little baskets searching for our treats. We had so many eggs, I
remember finding them a month after Easter while playing outside. One of
my aunts would hide the, “Golden Egg”, which always had some dinero
inside of it ;O) To date, that same “Golden Egg” is used every Easter.
Ahhh, good times…
Sooo, keep an eye out for my wonderful Cuaresma recipes coming over
the next couple of weeks. The dishes I will be sharing with you consist
of lots of veggies and seafood.