Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Holy Desserts

A Jesuit I lived with during my studies liked to create special desserts for a particular Jesuit saint's feastday. He used store-bought pastries or cakes and available items in the pantry such as food coloring, toothpicks, birthday candles, and ready-made icing. Below are two samples of his work.

A raspberry pie for the feast of St. Paul Miki and companions, who were martyred in Nagasaki in 1597. Feastday: February 6. Take note of the fake blood and toothpick spear.

A butter cake with chocolate icing reworked to celebrate the 429th death anniversary of St. Alphonsus Rodriguez, the patron saint of religious brothers. Feastday: October 30. The figure of St. Alphonsus opening a door is a reminder of his job as porter at the Jesuit college in Majorca, Spain, which he carried out with great dedication and charity for 46 years.

My friend had also created an arm-shaped cake to commemorate the feast of St. Francis Xavier, patron of missionaries. Feastday: December 3. The cake imitates the relic of Xavier's right hand displayed in the Jesuit Church of the Gesu in Rome. This relic represents the thousands of baptisms administered by Xavier during his ministry across Asia. Unfortunately, my friend used green food coloring for the cake, making my other housemates uneasy about partaking of Xavier's edible arm.


Passionate Eater said...

Your Jesuit roommate has impressive artistic skill. Not only do his cakes help to celebrate the lives of noble Saints, but they also help feed the living!

Noel Y. Bava said...

ha ha ha ha! I wonder what this Jesuit would prepare for St. Patrick's Day or the Feast of the Beheading of John the Baptist or the Martyrdom of Sts. Susana and Lucia.

ggpaborito said...

''2'' Thumbs up!!!! Impressive.....Skill you've got.