Mary's Secrete

Written by McDonald, T.  |  Date 16th of May 2021 

On the lead up to Pentecost, the Christian festival where we celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit, many of us will be completing a novena, a nine day fast, in preparation.  Often, the fast will allow for one small meal each day and this is one such meal.  Usually, i like to give the meals meaning to symbolise the life of Jesus and this is no exception.  This dish serves as a recap of what has happened.  Mary was in her room alone on Easter morning with John and Peter in the next room in Jerusalem after Jesus has been crucified.  Mary is visited by Jesus who has risen from the dead, but has told her to not say anything until Jesus has spoken to Mary Magdalene and the others.  The word Pentecost means 50 and Pentecost is 50 days after Easter Sunday.  That is seven weeks, which is 7 x7 = 49 days with Pentecost on the 50th day.   The vegetables symbolise the harvest festival while the potato is symbolic of the risen Lord.  Jesus died and was buried and on the third day He rose again.  He ascended into Heaven...  Next, Jesus ascended into Heaven, which has been celebrated by us as Ascension day on Thursday.  Ascension day is 40 days after Easter. So we have Easter, 40 days after is Ascension day and 10 days after is Pentecost.  The novena is the nine days in-between Ascension day and Pentecost where we fast.


  • Naked Glory Roast Tender Strips 5 or 6 pieces depending on the size
  • Carrot x 30g
  • Red onion x 20g
  • Peas x 30g
  • Yellow bell pepper x 40g
  • Mushrooms x 3 small
  • New potato x 1 large
  • Vegetable stock x 200ml
  • Balsamic vinegar x 1 tbsp
  • Lemon juice of one lemon
  • Brown sugar x tsp


  1. Heat some oil in a saucepan. 
  2. Boil the new potato in a separate saucepan.
  3. Chop the vegetables into bite size chunks and fry in the saucepan for a few minutes.
  4. Add the peas, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar and the vegetable stock to the saucepan. 
  5. Add the brown sugar and stir.
  6. Add the mock meat.  
  7. Bring to the boil and reduce the heat to a simmer. 
  8. Drain the potato and add it to the other saucepan with the vegetables in. 
  9. Leave to simmer for 10 minutes or until the potato is ready.  If you can easily push a fork into the potato, it is ready. 


Very pleasing and comforting taste too the sauce that was not to sweet or vinegary.   I would not change anything about it.  The carrot gives a good dose of vitamin A while the bell pepper gives a good dose of vitamin C. Furthermore, the potato gives provides carbohydrate, which is energy as the Holy Spirit gives as the strength to go out and evangelise.  Very enjoyable! 

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