Expat Life, Day 120: Feast of the Seven Fishes
For a majority of my Christmas Eve’s since the age of 14, I spent it with my friend’s family. Say hello to the Mancini family!
Before 14, I didn’t celebrate Christmas because I was raised a Jehovah’s Witness (they don’t celebrate most holidays and birthdays). When my widowed mom died at age ten, this is when I started transitioning out of being a Jehovah’s Witness to not being really anything.
Then, at age 14, I met Dan at school, and we quickly became friends– hurrah! His lovely mother, Claire, took me under her wings when she found out I had no parents. I even got to live with them a few months of my sophomore year of high school!
Anyways, I was so close to not having any Christmas in my childhood, but because of their loving hearts, Christmas became a part of my childhood and on, and OH, HOW I LOVE CHRISTMAS! They obviously left a lasting impression on my heart.
So, being away from them and the awesome feast they have on Christmas Eve with a pot roast, baked ham, baked ziti (someone always brings the ziti), and so much more goodness, I needed to have an equal level of awesome here.
Enter, the Feast of the Seven Fishes!
(with my Jewish husband hehe)
We had so many questions about this epic feast.
- Do we have to eat seven fishes?
- Can we eat seven different types of seafood instead?
- Does it have to be in seven courses or in one meal?
Well, actually only three questions, but we had to google this anyways– good ol’ google!
We learned that everyone does it their own way. Some people have 12 courses to represent the 12 disciples, or some people throw all the fish into one stew.
One stew– no way! If we’re going to do this, we’re going to go all out.
We opted for seven different seafoods in six dishes. Here they are:
great for parties since you can make it a day in advance
Get the recipe here.
a regular version and one with cumin
in a white wine herb sauce
lightly sprinkled with pepper and cooked on a cast iron pan with salted butter for 45 seconds on each side just as how we like it
Clams and Shrimp Over Linguine
Fried whole fish
(sorry, not pictured!)
In case you were wondering about how fat we got from this, we got very, very fat. But we didn’t eat all this food in one sitting!
We ate it over a whole day, but actually failed with eating all of the seven fishes. It was too much food (really?) so had to push back the fish to the next day after we made and ate baked ziti.
TALK ABOUT GLUTTONY!
Anyways, end memorable Christmas Eve that we made our own! Yum & zzz….
Has your family made the Feast of the Seven Fishes for Christmas Eve? If so, what’s do you usually do for it? We’re total newbz and gluttons so would love learn about your Christmas Eve family tradition.