A Good Friday Meal

I Just love a good Friday Meal.  Good Friday has come and gone and Easter is breathing down our necks… How quickly time flies! Just the other day we were ringing in the New Year then we were “jumping up” for Carnival. Anyhow, yesterday was a special day for me because it meant that fasting has come to an end and now it’s time to get ready for Easter. So besides the l-o-n-g walk for the “stations of the cross” and all the other religious significance of the day, there is a traditional custom when it comes to what we Trinidadians eat on Good Friday.

a Good Friday meal

A Traditional Good Friday Meal

The meal usually consists of fish ( any kind of fish) and provision (yam, cassava, dasheen, plantain etc.) Now the origin of this custom has been lost in time, at least to me. It’s just one of those things you just grow up knowing about and follow. But, when I look at it from a different angle, I could understand why we eat this type of meal. So here’s my crack at explaining this custom of eating provision and fish on Good Friday….

Why the Good Friday Meal Must Have a Provision

First of all this meal is simple: after a long walk in the hot sun, you want to come home and be able to cook a meal that’s quick to prepare, easy and filling at the same time; provision is easy to cook (you just boil it) and the fish cooks in no time as well.

Good Friday meal1
Secondly this meal is similar to the Seder meal which has great religious significance where the different parts that make up the meal has a deeper meaning. So, within our Trinidadian cultural context there is an approximation to the original Seder meal. So instead of the Charoset/ Haroset we have have the provision, to symbolize the mortar the Jews used. Instead of the bitter herbs we use a green salad or in some cases watercress to symbolize the bitterness of slavery, and instead of the lamb bone to symbolize sacrifice we use fish….preferably saltfish (the salt being also symbolic of the sweat and tears of the slaves…..

What an insight!

Well I already did the provision and saltfish recipe a while back, but to give the meal a little twist we did it a little different…  but still just as meaningful and tasty. We decided to do herbed potatoes with sauteed veggies, green salad, baked fish and callaloo, as shown in the picture above. I don’t have to tell you how satisfying this meal was. I was filled for a few hours well.

Anyway, I wish each and everyone of you a Happy Easter and do enjoy the day; I know I will….

(speaking to myself: maybe I’ll go take a nice river bath or go up to the waterfall…or buss ah lime by….)

Until next time! Bye!

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6 Responses to A Good Friday Meal

  1. her April 11, 2009 at 9:55 pm #

    browsing online i found your blog today and im soo happy and thankful. you have like all of my favorite recipes for everything i love to eat. my family is american but i grew up around trinis and this blog is just what i need. thanxx … lots of love !

  2. raz4125 April 11, 2009 at 10:32 pm #

    Thank you very much!:`)

  3. Maya April 14, 2009 at 3:10 pm #

    Happy Easter!

  4. raz4125 April 14, 2009 at 4:20 pm #

    Same to you Maya :)

  5. Cynthia April 14, 2009 at 9:15 pm #

    Hope you had a blessed Easter and I do love your insight into this Good Friday meal. I cooked hassar curry (cascadura)

  6. Felix Padilla April 21, 2009 at 11:49 pm #

    I did :) Thanks for stopping by Cynthia. I’m sure that curry cascadoo went down well.

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