Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Friday, October 24, 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Saturday, October 18, 2014
The icon bellows show how St Luke was painting the icons. The holy tradition tells us that Archangel Gabriel gave to St Luke the boards on which the icons were painted. The Holy Virgin held and blessed these icons when she said, “The grace of the One born of me be with them through me.” Thus, the sacred art of iconography by which our Orthodox Churches are adorned had its beginning with St. Luke. St. Luke's interest in iconography, again, according to Holy Tradition was aroused by the miraculous not-made-by-hand image of Christ.
Friday, October 17, 2014
1 cauliflower head, chopped
4 large carrots, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 tbsp dried tarragon (3 tbsp if fresh)
1 celery stick, chopped
2 garlic cloves
½ tsp cumin
Pepper and salt to taste
You do not need to finely chop all the veggies, since you will puree them. Start by boiling 4-5 cups of water in a kettle- this will help speed up the cooking process. In a soup pot add 1 cup of boiling water along with tarragon and onion. Cook until translucent. Add the carrots, celery, cauliflower and cover with more boiling water. Lower heat and simmer for 40 minutes. Season with salt, pepper and cumin. Remove from stove and add the garlic. Puree the soup with an immersion blender and serve.
Note: You may add ghee, butter or oil when possible. In that case, cook the onion in oil/butter, then follow all the instructions as above.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
“ The saints, during their earthly life, are filled with the grace of the Holy Spirit. After their departure the same grace remains in their souls as in their bodies. The very same grace is present and active in their sacred images and icons.”
St. John of Damascus
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
“In the Eastern Orthodox tradition there are three different saints known as St. Parascheva.
Friday, October 10, 2014
a salad bowl add all the veggies and mix well.
2. Blend together all the dressing ingredients and pour over the vegetables. Toss well.
3. Serve immediately.
Another important note: Some people may wonder why fasting is done on Fridays? Orthodox Christians fast on Wednesday in remembrance of the betrayal of Christ and on Fridays in remembrance of His crucifixion and death. For more information visit this page: http://orthodoxinfo.com/praxis/pr_fasting.aspx
Monday, October 6, 2014
Note: To make Cranberry Orange Macadamia Cookies use 2 cups of quinoa flour for a thicker batter and form 8 even balls. Flatten each dough ball slightly and place on a parchment paper and bake as above.
Other possibilities are:
- corn flour instead of the quinoa flour
- cashew nuts instead of macadamia nuts
- ghee or butter instead of oil
- omit syrup and cranberries, but add instead 2 cups of grated fruit (persimmons, apples, pears, etc)
- orange, almond, rum or lemon extract instead of vanilla extract
|Cranberry Almond Macadamia Cookies|
|Persimmon Cashew Cookies|
Directions: use the directions as above, but pour the batter into a pre-greased glass baking pan. Enjoy!
Saturday, October 4, 2014
5-6 medium apples, washed, grated