Pentecost Pasta

Written by McDonald, T.  |  Date 17th of May 2021   

With Pentecost only days away at the weekend we need a dinner with a story to tell!  Since red is the colour of Pentecost, this dish is mainly red. Red pepper, red lentil pasta and tomatoes, which are red.  Undoubtedly many of you will be fasting for nine days before Pentecost and some of you will find all of this new.  Whatever stage of understanding you are at, you will all understand a really great dinner!  Since you are vegan or are looking to try something vegan, you will be used to trying something new.  If you want to stick to some Sunday dinner like meal. you can.  If you are looking to explore new dishes, this is a great place to start.

Ingredients

  • Red lentil pasta x 50g
  • Red lentils x 30g
  • Red bell pepper x 40g
  • Red chilli pepper (to symbolise flames) x 1/2
  • Red onion x 40g
  • Carrot x 30g
  • Leak x 40g
  • Mushrooms 50g
  • Quorn vegan pieces  x 50g
  • Garlic cloves x 3
  • Vegan cheese alternative to grate on top
  • Vegetable stock x 150ml
  • Mint sauce (optional) x 1 tbsp

Method

  1. Boil the pasta until tender
  2. Put all the ingredients into a saucepan and simmer for 20 minutes
  3. Add the pasta and stir 
  4. Serve with some bread and garnish.

It is a good idea to taste while cooking. This dish should be on the sweet side to symbolise the sweetness of Gods Holy Spirit, so if you think it is not sweet enough, add some pineapple juice or so soft brown sugar until it tastes right. Yes, it really is that easy! 

Pentecost pasta on a plate

What is Pentecost about?

Pentecost is the 50th day after Easter Sunday; hence, its name since the word Pentecost means 50.  Pentecost is the celebration of the descent of the Holy Spirit on Mary and the Apostles and was so powerful that Peter was able to convert 3,000 Jews who heard him in their own language that where in town for the Jewish festival of weeks, which is sometimes known as the Jewish Pentecost because it is 50 days after Passover. 

Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!”  (Acts2:7-11)

...Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”  
...With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. (Acts 2:30-41)

Yet another name for the Jewish festival is Shavuot.  Incidently, it was common to abstain from meat during this festival because not everyone understood the recently given laws around the preparation of meat.  However, the festival was known for dairy produce, but since we are vegan and proud of it we will be using a vegan cheese alternative.  This festival is sometimes known as the feast of weeks because it is seven weeks after passover, so weeks is 7 x 7 = 49 with celebration on the 50th day.  

Mosaic of Pentecost
The decent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost

The Christian Pentecost has the following symbols, which are symbolic of the Holy Spirit:

  • Dove 
  • Flames
  • Wind
  • The breath of God

Another name for the Christian Pentecost is Whitsun and was more commonly used when i was younger in the seventies.

Acts Chapter 2 tells us what happened the day of Pentecost.  I hope that you read the whole chapter and even a little more. 

Keep an eye out for my blog this week since i will post some more ideas.

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