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February 25, 2017
Clean Monday, Fasting and Flying Kites!

One of my favorite Greek traditions ever since I was a little boy was flying a kite on Clean Monday! I would always wait impatiently for Lent because it meant that Clean Monday was here and we could all go out and fly our kites! My father or my grandfather would either buy one or make one from scratch…

Colorful papers, paper mache glue which we made out of flour, little sticks and some knowhow and ready!! We had to figure out how big or small the tail should be, if it would be heavy or light depending on the wind and of course the “earings” that were placed on both sides!

What I could never understand was the little razors added at the tail end and it really made me crazy mad when some little kid from the neighborhood cut off my kite tail! I remember one time where we had gotten our kite to fly up so high that we were able to almost walk all the way home with it! It was an amazing experience!! My grandfather would choose all of the streets without electricity poles so that it wouldn’t get tangled in the wires…

The kite has a lot of ancient history! It came from China, India and of course Ancient Greece… There are ancient pottery vases that have images of women flying kites painted on them…  Now that I think about it, I imagine that they were probably made out of parchment since paper came to Europe much later. What really impressed me is that in India they celebrated the coming of spring with a kite flying festival that was held at around the same time as the Greek Clean Monday.  I wonder if Alexander the Great had anything to do with that! It would be very interesting if that was the case!

Of course in the last couple of years the flying of kites has really become quite an art! Watch these videos here and here to see what I mean!

Anyway! Clean Monday always comes along with Lent, which wasn’t really my favorite time since we had to begin fasting… Soon after, the thrill of flying the kite sort of faded… so I really took it to heart when growing up… to find the tastiest recipes to enjoy during the fasting period… and I think I did it!

Here we go!

Let’s begin with breakfast :

No Bake Tahini and Dates Energy Bars

Almond Milk

Carob Rusks

Vegetarian Sweetbread

A little something to take to work with you:

Halvah Tahini and Chocolate Squares

Quinoa Cookies

Sugar Free Oatmeal Bars

Carrot Chips in the oven

Instant Yellow Split Pea Soup in a Jar

For the evening :

Φοκάτσια με ταχίνι

Seafood Bulgur Risotto 

Avocado and Bean Salad

Veggie Burgers

Aromatic Potato and Cauliflower Soup

For dessert :

Strawberry and Green Tea Jello with Fruit

Gluten-Free Chocolate Bean Cake

Roast Pears with Cranberries and Walnuts in a Honey Wine Sauce

Vegan Chocolate Pudding

Vegan Chocolate and Tahini Brownies

Snacks

Aromatic Energy Bites

Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip

Oat Crackers

Carrot and Coconut Chocolate Cups

Vegetarian Coconut Muffins with a Lemony Glaze

Of course I have so many more tasty recipes that you can find here! And don't forget to check out my diary's that I feel you will find helpful! Happy Lent! Kitchen Lab flies a kite! Fasting and a very special and unique recipe, Holiday Ornament Salt Dough

Well, that's all from me!!!

I'm off to make my kite from scratch!!! 

 

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