During the holy week in valencia, valencian people have its own special dishes during this week because traditionally Catholics are not supposed to eat meat, For these reasons the traditional Holy Week dish, is potaje. Potaje is a dish made of codfish, chickpeas, beans and vegetables, mainly spinaches. One of my favourite dessert during Holy Week is Torrijas. Torrijas are sliced of bread dipped in egg then soaked in wine or milk, fried and sweetened with sugar or honey.
In valencia we have mona de Pascua cake, it is a cake made with flour, sugar, eggs and salt and garnished with boiled eggs with decorations painted on their shells. you can find monas de Pascua with animal shapes, like snakes or lizards, and accompanied by chocolate eggs. Also, you can find chocolate monas de Pascua, all made with chocolate. Traditionally, the mona de Pascua was eaten on Easter Sunday or the following Monday, marking the end of Lent. this day we go with the family to the countryside or to the beach to fly kites and eating the mona de Pascua cake. it is a tradition that the godparents give to their godchildren the Easter cake as an easter present.The mona cake is characteristically dry, perfect for dunking. For adults, this could be mistela, a sweet wine,and milk for children.Adding a longaniza de Pascua makes the monas cake irresistible, but the most usual is adding a bit of chocolate.Longazina de Pascua is a typical dry sausage from valencia, it is particularly produced in spring, it is a dry sausage made up of lean pork, beef and marined wit salt, pepper and aniseed.Like a curiosity, it is tradition to break the easter egg (of the mona) on the forehead of someone else. So, if you come to visit Valencia during the holy week do not forget to buy a mona cake and to break the Easter egg on your friends’ foreheads.Enjoy with Easter food in Valencia