While spending the Holy Week with your family, friends and neighbors in your Country Club Homes in Tagaytay, one should not forget one very important thing —abstinence from certain types of food. This means practicing Catholics are forbidden from consuming meats from land animals like cows, chicken and pigs. Do note the consumption of food made from these animals’ fat, such as gravy, sauces and butter, is permitted. So what can Catholics eat? The list includes fruits, veggies, seafood, shellfish, and other cold blooded animals. If you’re running out of ideas on what to eat, here are some scrumptious dishes you can eat while at Tagaytay Highlands. For sure you won’t find any of them lacking in flavor or in substance.
Escargot a’la Bourguionne
You know you can eat seafood and veggies during lent, but did you know the list of foods you can eat include snails? As mentioned earlier, shellfish are allowed, thus permitting the consumption of this yummy shelled delicacy. If you’re craving for some, head over to the Highlands Steakhouse for some of their Escargot a’la Bourguionne. This French dish is not overly complicated, which is the perfect way snails should be served. It’s a classic and for sure many an Escargot expert would agree that Highlands Steakhouse’s Escargot a’la Bourguinonne stays true to its French origin with the snails broiled in herb butter and served with a light mint and lemon olive oil emulsion.
Asian Style Prawn Salad
You know what’s one great way of getting your protein fix this Holy week? Prawns. These decapod crustaceans are actually quite healthy, as they’re a great source of Vitamins B6, B12 and Niacin. These three can assist your body in generate more energy, restore red blood cells and form muscle. In addition, the phosphorus, copper and magnesium content of the prawn can help your body build stronger bones. The health benefits of the prawn are maximized with The Bistro Saratoga’s Asian Style Prawn Salad. It’s prepared by laying prawns atop a bed of assorted greens, finished with fresh coriander leaves and an Asian inspired dressing.
Turon na Saging with Langka
Who says you can’t have dessert this Holy week? The turon has long been a favorite among Filipinos, especially as an afternoon snack called Merienda. Also known as Lumpiang Saging, there are several versions of this dessert, with some containing sweet potato or coconut instead of the usual banana. The Golfer’s Lounge does it old school style, with banana chunks and jackfruit wrapped in a spring roll wrapper then fried until deliciously golden. It is served with a caramel sauce.
Salmon Filet with Red Rice and Coriander Vinaigrette Sauce
Salmon has long been a favorite fish among diners, which should not be a mystery as it is incredibly flavorful and healthy! It’s considered to be among the world’s most healthiest foods due to it being chock full of vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin D, Omega-3 fatty acids and selenium. The Salmon Fillet with Red Rice and Coriander Vinaigrette sauce served in The Great Room is sure to tickle your taste buds— you’ll be looking forward to eating this dish even when the Holy Week is over.
With all this food, one must not forget that Lent isn’t just a time of dietary restrictions—it’s mainly a time of prayer and forgiveness. Don’t forget to repent for your sins; remember: He who died on the cross for you to be free of sin. If the Father can forgive us, so can you forgive those who have done wrong to or against you. It may be hard to let go at first, but remember, with prayer you can be the better person the Lord knows you to be.