The Feast of St. Paul Gaugin

A section from one of Paul Gaugin's self portraits

Tomorrow, May 8, is the Feast of St. Paul Gaugin. The Invisible Basilica tells us, “The life of Paul Gauguin provides us with an example of a man who flouted convention and abandoned material success in order to pursue his true will; and in so doing, transformed western culture. Crowley strongly identified with Gauguin, both as a painter and as an initiate; and he formally added Gauguin’s name to the list of Saints in 1921 e.v.”

A scene from Nafea Fas Ipoipo (When Will You Marry) by Paul GauguinBecause Gaugin died in French Polynesia and spent most of his last days in Tahiti*, we present two Polynesian dishes today in his honor.

Papeete Tahitian Prawns
(from The Polynesian Kitchen)

  • 1 lb prawns
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 2-3 tbs vegetable oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground red pepper (more to taste)
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 1 ½ tsp parsley, finely chopped

On the side:

Green Papaya Salad
(from Tahitian Dreams)

  • 1lb green papaya
  • 2 chili peppers, deseeded and finely sliced
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

*Tahiti may be familiar to fans of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for reasons other than Paul Gaugin.


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