March 23, 2007

Friday Night Lenten Supper:

Steamed asparagus with balsamic vinegar. A dry martini.

But no meat.

Am I doing this correctly? I don't seem to have any flair for Catholicism whatsoever.

Posted by Attila Girl at March 23, 2007 10:04 PM | TrackBack

heh. Of course. You remembered the alcohol.

Posted by: caltechgirl at March 23, 2007 10:14 PM

I don't like asparagus. But you did get the martini right.

Posted by: Cappy at March 24, 2007 06:11 AM

As a recovering papist, Fridays always meant fish. Most of the time, that meant fish sticks.
I'd have a white wine, not the martini.

Posted by: Bloggermouth at March 24, 2007 07:58 AM

I would prefer you go with complete proteins for main meals unless you're going with a fortified gin. Otherwise, carry on.

Posted by: Darrell at March 24, 2007 10:03 AM

Dad was Irish/Catholic and Mom was Jewish - so l speak with some authority of the concept of "guilt". (Our family motto: "Guilt is Good!")

That said, as a practicing Catholic (will I ever get it right?) Allow me to congratilate your Lenten dinner choices! I hope you garnished that martini correctly with two olives or three cocktail onions!! We could increase your verggie count on the new food pyramid with those additions!!

Posted by: mighty aphrodite at March 24, 2007 10:53 AM

Well, D--I had a snack earlier in the evening at my mother's place that contained plenty of tofu. And her idea of a snack is my idea of a meal.

Mighty--It was a dirty martini, and all I have on hand are small olives, so I put a few in a little Japanese teacup and ate them with a toothpick as I drank.

And I got all my guilt from my Methodist upbringing. Protestant guilt is so underappreciated ;)

Posted by: Attila Girl at March 24, 2007 11:39 AM

I wouldn't have the martini, but that's what the parents always had. When mom comes for dinner (a couple of times a month), I always offer the glass of ice and the Tanqueray, and she always enjoys it.

Posted by: Mark In Irvine at March 24, 2007 04:19 PM

Obviously not a Wisconsin girl where Fridays are all about the fish fry and cold beer.

Posted by: Sean Hackbarth at March 24, 2007 04:57 PM

Ick. Seafood.

Hey--is there any truth in the story that fish on Fridays was originated to assist the seafood industry, and if so did that occur here, or in Ireland?

(Yeah--I could use Wikipedia, or a search engine. But what fun is that?)

Posted by: Attila Girl at March 24, 2007 07:46 PM

It's tradition, but you could get stick with the potato pancakes.

Posted by: Sean Hackbarth at March 24, 2007 10:02 PM

You can't fool me; potato pancakes are Jewish! (And yummy, too.)

Posted by: Attila Girl at March 25, 2007 02:06 AM

This speaks for itself...

Posted by: leelu at March 25, 2007 03:25 PM

People like to invoke conspiracies, don't they. The best explanation I heard is that 1st Century Jews fasted on Mondays and Thursdays. There is a passage in the Gospel about John the Baptist's followers questioning Jesus over not observing those fasts, as practiced by the Pharisees and even JtB's followers. Jesus told them the time will come for the fast after the Bridegroom is taken. Those who converted to Christianity shifted that to Wednesdays and Fridays to commemorate Judas arranging Jesus' arrest on Wednesday and his Crucifixion on a Friday. That explains the fasting. Since meat was a rich man's food, requiring sizable amounts of land for raising animals or money to purchase the meat, simpler foods were substituted for the premium fare. Anyone can fish a stream or river, and forage for fruit and such. I am looking into Nancy Pelosi's role in the matter, particularly in American Samoa.

Posted by: Darrell at March 25, 2007 08:41 PM

I wouldn't have paid any attention, but I heard the notion from my mother, who doesn't usually buy into conspiracy theories.

Anyway, it's healthy to have one day a week when one eats veggie or sticks with fish--the fish is particularly healthy, with the Omega-3s and whatnot.

I have to be careful about actual fasting, though: I once tried to go to Stations of the Cross on an empty stomach, and nearly fainted. Low blood sugar isn't spiritual; it's stupid.

Posted by: Attila Girl at March 25, 2007 09:43 PM

I'm a lurker and I'm coming out of the woodwork to say: the word "papist" isn't funny, it's a term used for centuries by bigots of all stripes to denigrate us and spread the eternal lie that Catholics worship the Pope. Please, don't use that word, not even as a joke.
::Retreating back into woodwork now. =):::

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