In the Catholic and Orthodox Churches, today is the Feast of the Annunciation. My friend, Kathleen-who actually had a major surgery this morning, calls it “The Feast of the Incarnation” and she’s right. Gabriel asked Mary if she would indeed become the mother of her Lord. She said yes and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)
This means that we can and should celebrate.
So tonight I’m having dinner with a friend. But I wanted to make myself a special lunch. I’ve been eating vegan all Lent but today, it’s a feast, I can go back to eating like a wonderful omnivore to celebrate the Incarnation.
If you read my previous blog, you know that I am severely lactose-intolerant and one of my goals in life is to find/create as many dairy-free recipes as I can so that I can survive the rest of my life without dairy. Today, I produced two meals for myself that I can eat. And they’re both simple.
One is a basic fried egg sandwich. This is very simple and is merely a knockoff of a sandwich that other people make with cheese. It’s just two slices of toast with margarine with two fried eggs in between
Lunch was a boneless chicken breast cooked in a home-made balsamic vinaigrette with flaked parsley then cut up into pieces and added to a lettuce-cucumber salad. And then I topped it with balsamic vinaigrette.
And then I made myself a dessert out of some lemon sorbet and pieces of a Swiss chocolate bar. It wasn’t ice cream-something that I miss -but it was great.
And I think it’s worthy of the Feast of the Annunciation.