While many Catholics give up specific treats throughout the 40 days of Lent, specific days call for entire days of fasting or avoiding meat; Good Friday is one of them. But despite a long list of rules (you can’t snack, you can’t eat meat, something about not having milk?) the Maltese have found many ways to circumnavigate the sacrifice in fasting.
Here are six cheeky meals we’ve all been guilty of.
1. A massive three-dozen ravjuliet
It’s just pasta and plain tomato sauce, you’re basically a saint.
2. Half-a-Maxim’s worth of qassatat
Under normal circumstances you’d be happy with just one, but knowing you’re going to have to go hungry (ahem) for the rest of the day, you don’t stop till you’ve had at least three.
3. A basin-full of stuffat tal-qarnit
If it swims in the ocean then it’s good-to-go. Just crack out your pressure cooker and boil up 300g of spaghetti (per person).
4. An actual mountain of kwarezimal
If the sweet was innovated specifically to be consumed during lent it would be offensive ignore it during its special time of year.
5. A field’s worth of qaqocc
Vegetables are healthy, so feel free to over-indulge in them… even if they are stuffed to the brim with bread, olives, capers and tuna.
6. A full-scale trawler full of seafood
Don’t stop cracking those prawn shells till PETA tweets about your family’s lunch.