Fasting Recipe of the Week: Ember Days Cassoulet

Yay! It’s time for the Ember Days!

 Which I’d kind of known about, but had never really paid much in the way of attention to. Ember Days, according to the Wikipedia, are four times a year, and are three days (Wed., Fri., and Sat.) of fasting and prayer in support of people going to be ordained (either now or whenever God gives them the swift, spiritual kick in the arse).

Which, yay! Pray for deacons, priests and bishops (some of ’em need it more than others). If’n you need help and have a BCP around, try page 205 or 256.

And here’s a recipe I came up with the other night, which is cheap, goes together quick, easily variable according to season/picky eaters, makes a lot, and stores real well. I dedicate it to everyone who’s doing that fun dance of seminary/home life/financial worrying.

Ember Days Cassoulet

Serves six

Red Version:

  • 2 cups mashed potatoes (either homemade or box-made, substituting vegetarian broth for milk and omitting butter and/or margarine)
  • 1 can diced Italian-style tomatoes, NOT DRAINED
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 2 cups mixed veggies (I used a combination of frozen green beans, frozen onions, frozen bell peppers, and frozen carrots, but fresh veg works also)
  • 1 8oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 T Italian seasoning
  • Salt, pepper to taste

White Version

  • 2 cups mashed potatoes (either homemade or box-made, substituting vegetarian broth for milk and omitting butter and/or margarine)
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup (vegetarian)
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained
  • 2 cups mixed veggies (I used a combination of frozen spinach and frozen red peppers, but any fresh veg is ok.)
  • 1 cup vegetarian broth
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • Salt, pepper to taste
  • Paprika if’n you’re so inclined.

Get a big pot out and plonk it on the stove, turning it to medium heat. Dump all the ingredients in except the mashed potatoes, stir a couple of times, and put a lid on it. Stir a few more times over the next ten-fifteen minutes. This is where you can mix up/mash up your potatoes. Once everything is nice and warmed through, serve.

What I like to do with the red version is put the potatoes in the bowl first and dump the rest on top. With the white version, I put the veg mix in an oven-safe bowl or casserole dish, plonk the potatoes on top, and stick under the broiler for a minute or two to get it kinda brown and nummy. Play around with it, it’s a really forgiving dish.

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