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Soul Cakes

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Medieval Trick or Treating

Halloween (or Hallows eve) is over and it’s now All Saints Day (or All Hallows), a day for remembering and honoring those exceptional Christians who have gone before us. Tomorrow will be All Souls day, set aside for remembering all the faithful departed. This, then, is a season for remembering the dead and all that entails: prayers, visiting and tending to the graves of loved ones, and baking. In Medieval England the poor and children would go door to door (a proto-trick or treating) and collect cakes and sweets in exchange for singing carols and for praying for the dead. This was known as souling and the cakes were called soul cakes. So today seemed like a fitting day to try out making some soul cakes.

While not Medieval, there is a traditional English song that you can listen to here.

I used a recipe from food.com but subbed out vegan butter, egg replacer, and almond milk. They look like cookies to me but are really more of a biscuit. I think they would go well with some tea as they aren’t too sweet and have a nice, crumbly texture.

soulcake

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Lenten Meal: Maghmuma

Well I just discovered some pictures of one of my lenten meals that I never posted. This one is called Maghmuma and is another recipe eaten by monks and Christians during lent. It’s a layered vegetable dish with bread and came out like a very hearty stew.

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Moroccan Spiced Sweet Potato & Couscous Salad

Went with a Mediterranean dish this time. This is another one of those dishes that isn’t very pretty but tastes awesome. The first time I cooked this I accidentally cooked the potatoes at 200 F instead of 200 C which led to a lot of confusion for me. The changes I made for this recipe was to leave the skins on the potatoes, left out the yogurt, and wasn’t sure what beans the recipe was talking about so I just stuck with the chickpeas it also listed.

Sweet Potato & Couscous

The recipe can be found here

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