March 29 – April 1, 2021
Eating fish on Good Friday is a tradition that stretches back to the 1st Century AD. And few places celebrate Lent—the month before Easter—with more fervor than the Caribbean! Come along on this Curious Table journey to enjoy a Caribbean-inspired Easter dinner of jerk fish, quinoa pilaf, rum yams & plantains for dessert!
Swai fish filet roasted with a wet jerk sauce
*Plant-based option: Jerk Eggplant
Fluffy quinoa with vegetables & Caribbean seasonings
Roasted yams tossed with savory-sweet rum flavoring
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If needed, reheat the fish and yams for 90 seconds in the microwave in its container with the lid. Reheat the quinoa and plantains for 60 seconds each. To plate, serve the fish with the jerk sauce next to the quinoa pilaf and yams. Enjoy the plantains for dessert.
The tradition of Good Friday stretches back to the 1st Century AD. It is the Friday before Easter, the Christian holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. There is a long-standing custom of not eating red-blooded meats on this particular Friday in order to honor the blood that Christ spilled that day of his crucifixion. In many Christian traditions, Good Friday is considered a “Paschal Fast” day with observants partaking only one full meal following afternoon worship service and the Black Fast that lasts till 6 pm.
This dinner centered around fish has numerous variations throughout the world. But few places honor Good Friday and the whole week of Easter quite like the Caribbean. It is said that Jamaica has more churches per square mile than anywhere else on earth with a confluence of Catholic, Protestant and Evangelical churches standing proud throughout the island. This leads to fish fries, fish stalls and bountiful tables covered with seafood coated generously with the beloved jerk seasoning all week long proceeding Easter.
With so much tradition, Good Friday has inspired many a Caribbean legend. On some islands, egg whites are dropped onto tables and allowed to dry into shapes that predict the future. In other locales, there is a prohibition to enter the ocean after noon on Good Friday because of fear of being turned into a fish.
Curious Table joins you in these Good Friday celebrations with a lovely jerk fish dinner paired with other Caribbean-inspired delicacies. Happy Easter!
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From our table to yours…
Eat well, be well!