Orthodox Christian Fasting recipes (part 1)

Every year since I’ve made this blog, when we are during a fasting period, I am trying to post some delicious yet proper recipes for each fasting period.  So, for today, a dear Orthodox friend, shared with us a great fasting recipe proper for the Nativity fast, from a book called “The Golden book of Orthodox Fast”. The text is translated from Bulgarian.

½ kg carrots
1 cup mushrooms
1 kg potatoes
½ cup rice
1 cup peas
2 onions
1 cup walnut kernels
½ cup oil

Crush the walnuts together with garlic, salt and some water until they turn into pap. Pour 2 ½ cups water and stir the mix very well.
Peel the potatoes, rinse and dice them. Rinse the rice and drain it. Chop the onion and the carrots and stew them in heated oil. Add the rice while stirring. Pour a cup of hot water. After the rice becomes tender, add the walnut “milk”, 1 cup peas, stir well and roast in preheated oven to 220°

Blessed Nativity Fast!

On November 15, 2013, was the beginning of this year’s Nativity Fast. The Nativity Fast is one of the four Canonical Fasting Seasons in the Church year. This is a joyous fast in anticipation of the Nativity of Christ.

In the weeks between now and December 25, we prepare themselves to celebrate the birth in the flesh of our Lord Jesus Christ.

So, from now on, my blog posts will be mostly about the Nativity fast. Feel free to send me anything related to the fasting, your preparations, any fasting recipes and anything else you want!

Everyone, have a joyous fasting period! Glory to God!

A message from Anonymous
Hi. :) I adore this blog, because of the careful time you put into each post and response. Thank you. I am wondering, do you have a link to the full Nativity Fast article you quoted? I'm an inquirer into Orthodoxy and I'm trying to learn as much as I can week by week.

Hello dear friend,

Thank you very much for your kind comments! It’s really difficult for me to answer to all these questions that keep coming and coming, but I sincerely try :)

Sure, here is the link of the blog where I found the quote.

Also, in case you are interested, I found for you some more links about the Nativity Fast, that has started since November 15:

Orthodox Christmas resource page

Why fast before the Nativity?

The Divine Forty Liturgies and the Nativity Fast

How are we to prepare for the Nativity?

Guidelines for the Nativity Fast

The Orthodox Nativity Season

If you need anything else, just ask :)

God bless you!

On the importance of the Nativity Fast

…By our fasting we are reminded that this is not simply the birth of a baby, but God being united with man. It is the moment when the unchangeable is joined with the changeable, eternal life with mortal life, He who holds the universe in His hand and who created all comes in the flesh for our salvation.

- An excerpt from the “Nativity Fast” article

Fasting alone

Many of you that visit Ancient Faith Radio daily may have noticed a podcast series called “Food, Faith and Fasting”.

One of the podcasts is called "Fasting alone". So, what do you do when you are the only one in your home who is fasting? You have become Orthodox and your spouse has not, or you live with people who simply do not fast. What are some strategies for you to keep the fast?

Really useful for many of us, as we are already in the 9th day of the Nativity fast!