For the moment a young woman from Ethiopia works in our office, and we invited her to teach us to make Ethiopian food.
There were seven of us last night, and for two full hours we cut vagatables, we cut meat and grinded ut, we cooked, we braised, we made our own cottace cheese from milk, we laughted, we talked and we became more and more hungry.
7 women working for two hours. That´s 14 hours!
"I am so sorry" our Ethiopian friend said, "that we don´t have more time. This is Ethiopian fast food!"
When the food was ready, before we sat down to eat, our friend changed clothes. "My mother made me this for Christmas. It is all handmade. She also made similar outfits from my husband and for our two year old daughter"
After the meal it was time for the traditional coffee seremony. You remember the traditional Ethiopian coffee seremony from my visit to Ethiopia, don´t you.
Our friend spread a green cover on the wall, to resemble fress grass. On a small table she put out 12 tiny coffee cups, she filled a clay pot with strong Ethipian coffee, she sat down on a low stool, invited us to sit around her in a circle and served us coffee. And popcorn. Ethiopians always eat popcorn with their coffee.
"We are only seven women here, so why do you have 12 cups?"
"A good question. From old times the coffee seremony is a religious riual. The 12 cups are the 12 diciples. The pot is Jesus. The coffee poured from the pot is the tales Jesus told the diciples. When we drink the coffee it is the gospel spread throughout the world"
Coffee will never be the same again. From now on it will be a word from Jesus.
It is Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Tuesday, feittirsdag, Fat Tuesday......or, what do you call today? The day before Ash Wednesday and Lent? Today´s traditional dinner in The House in the Woods is salt pork and mashed root vegetables.
It is so easy to celebrate the happy feastday. The days when we do something extra.....because we deserve it. We always deserve something extra, don´t we?
But what about the other days. The days of Lent. The days of sharing. The days to do something for others.....because they deserve.
Ever since I wrote the book about Lent, it has been my mission to live Lent, to live simple. To take care. To pay forward.
I wonder where this path will take me this year.
The road less travelled.
In Blåklokkeveien yesterday I shared a moment at a museum in Brussel, a museum where I went to see Peter Bruegel´s paintings. While googling Shrove Tuesday today I came over another Bruegel painting - the fight between carnival and lent
He got the point Bruegel. It is a fight, and I hope both of them win
All texts and photos by Britt-Arnhild Wigum Lindland
I am living in a red house surrounded by a blue garden near Trondheim, Norway.
I love everydays and post about my steps through life.
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