Clio wrote:...(see also Varoufakis eloquently scathing on Question Time about the B-word debacle)...
Clio wrote:...A big mistake to begin viewing a food programme when two days into the strict Lenten diet, though. Eating undressed tuna salad while the screen is spread with chocolate ganache and it feels like you're watching Masochef.
I didn't think tuna was allowed in a strict
Lenten diet? I thought fish was forbidden and only seafood like shellfish, squid, octopus, cuttlefish etc were allowed? It always struck me as odd that the things that are allowed in an Orthodox Lenten diet are largely the things that are banned altogether by Kosher rules yet Jesus was Jewish. The Lenten diet is followed in remembrance of the time Jesus spent fasting in the wilderness but the things that are eaten are all the things he wouldn't have eaten even when he wasn't fasting? I could never quite get my head round that.
Having followed a non-strict Lenten diet once for the full 49 days, i.e. no meat at all but I still ate olive oil, eggs, dairy produce and fish, I do agree that I wouldn't have wanted to watch cookery programmes. My bosses idea of following the Orthodox rules was to eat squid on Good Friday and not eat on the Saturday evening until after midnight. He still ate at Saturday lunch time.