Setting The Table
For my cookbook project, I will be cooking a Kosher meal for Passover which is a recipe made with salmon. It comes from the Jewish religion and it is mainly cooked during the time of Passover. Passover is a Jewish festival that is to remember being freed from slavery from Egypt and it lasts up to eight days. This year it will begin Friday April 19 and end Saturday April 27. People who traditionally make this dish would be anyone who celebrates the Jewish tradition of Passover. This is important like any other meal during Passover because they remind them of what they had to go through to get to where they are today. In the Torah, there are laws that say all creatures in the sea with both fins and scales are kosher. This fish is important because in the Torah fish symbolizes fertility and abundance which are both good things. To prepare this dish I will need to go buy quite a bit of materials. The ingredients I will need are; 1.5 quarts of water, 1.5 cups dry white wine, 3 tablespoons of vinegar, 1 onion sliced, 1 carrot sliced, 9 springs parsley, ¾ teaspoon dried thyme, ¼ teaspoon peppercorns, 3 bay leaves, 3 ¼ teaspoons of salt, 1 cucumber peeled seeded and grated, 1 ¾ cups of plain yogurt, 1 clove garlic minced, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint, ¼ teaspoons of fresh-ground black pepper, 2 pounds center-cut fillet, cut into 4 pieces, 1/8 teaspoon of paprika. Some problems I could run into would be not knowing what some of my ingredients or instructions mean when I go to buy and make my dish. I will have to ask someone else or just look them up on the internet. Another problem I could run into would be that I only have access to one stove and it is the one on the floor of Dimmit so I will have to plan accordingly to cook my dish or maybe I could go cook with someone who lives in a house. What attracted me to this dish is my dad used to cook salmon sometimes while I used to live at home so I have always wanted to try cooking it. Hopefully I can still make it taste as good as his did. This fish should be considered religious because it is written about in the Torah and the Torah is the law of God in the first five books of Hebrew Scripture. Since the Torah is such a huge part of the religion and it talks about the important of fish and salmon specifically that is what makes it religious.
Salmon is a big part of the Jewish religion and is even talked about in the Torah. A fish is actually a widely used symbol in the Jewish religion, fish have a lot of meaning too. It is said that the water they swim in protects them from the evil and their eyes are like the eyes of God and never close symbolizing God’s protective grace. Another thing that fish symbolize is fertility because fish lay many eggs at one time and in the creation narrative in the Torah God blesses fish with fertility (Bywater, M. 2015). It is pretty interesting to learn about the different practices and symbolic meanings of a different religion rather than my own.
Salmon is a very nutritious food that is very good for your individual well-being. Salmon has been given the nickname brain food because it contains docosahexaenoic acid that helps maintain the central nervous system. It also has many other health benefits such as; reduce inflammation, help burn fat, control blood sugar and blood pressure. Salmon contains omega-3 which is a very healthy competent and it is what helps in reducing inflammation and burning fat. Eating more salmon can increase your lipid levels and reduce the chances of cardiovascular disease. Salmon is a great choice if you want to eat healthy, it only has 170 calories in fat and it has 26 grams of protein. It also contains a lot more health benefits making it is a great choice to add to your diet (London, J. 2018).
There is a total of eight species of salmon in North America. Five of the species alone are found in the Pacific Ocean. Commercially salmon production exceeds over one billion pounds annually with about seven percent of that coming from aquaculture salon farms (Filippone, P T. 2018). There is a large quantity of salmon so it is available to anyone who wants to and can eat it. The only people who would not be able to eat it are the ones if it goes against their religion or if someone were allergic to it. Salmon is sold in almost every grocery story so it can be easily accessible to anyone. The abundance of salmon is good and God is to thank for that. He has provided our world with such a beautiful and nutritious fish for us to eat and be healthy.
Environmental justice is very important to know and to keep in mind while we prepare and eat our food. Since there is such a large number of salmon that are available to us it is good for the environment that we eat salmon so they do not over populate. However, we must recognize that these fish are a gift to us from God and be thankful for them. If we did not eat fish there would be an over population of them and that could be bad and cause problems for the environment in the sea and for us. God has given us everything we have on this earth so we should include him and thank him while preparing our food. People of the Jewish religion do not want to disrespect their God and the gifts given to them from him, that is why it is important that we do not take advantage of the food that he provides.
Religious freedom is a big part of our country and what makes it special. We have the ability to choose and freely express whatever religion we believe in. Judaism is one of the more popular religions in the United States. Religious freedom allows the people who practice Judaism to freely and safely express their religion and the practices of their religion. It is important to always consider the significance of the food we eat and be thankful that we are able to eat it. Our country is built on freedom and we are allowed to eat all kinds of different foods so we should recognize that and always be thankful for the blessings we have regardless of religion and race.
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