All of you know, of course, that Eleggua is my father Orisha – but not all you may know that Oya is my mother Orisha, because my relationship with her is more private and I don’t talk as often about her. So, this offering for our patron was like having Mom and Dad coming for lunch; a heartwarming, joyful day filled with wonderfully loving energy.
Menu For Oya – avocado paste with fresh shrimp, on a salad of lettuce, grapes, and loquats; french wine from a new bottle, purchased and opened just for her, and papaya on a bed of spearmint and lemons. My grandfather used to make avocado paste with fresh shrimp for me every Christmas because I could eat that every single day, and since seafood is one of Oya’s favourite foods, we chose it to honour her, because wouldn’t you cook a family recipe if your mother came to visit?
Menu For Eleggua – fresh pork with red beans, Dutch beer and rice pudding. The pork and beans plate is a Cuban traditional dish, that the emigrants and immigrants brought here in the past century, so it has become part of our own tradition too. Here is made with white beans because red ones are not so popular, but I wanted to make it as Eleggua requested, so we looked for them. And the rice pudding is Fernando’s specialty – I cannot tell which one of them (Eleggua or Fernando) likes it most.
We also got them the gorgeous carnations you can see on the table. The jar for the flowers was a cemetery find (it was thrown away in the trash bin, not stolen from the tombs), so it represents our ancestors and Oya’s kingdom.
Fridays are my free day as you know, so I’m going to get some good rest and indulge on gardening and crocheting – have a wonderful weekend!