Sunday, February 14, 2010

*Goes to the market*

*Sigh* Lent is coming.I've already cut out some of the things I can't eat during lent, so now that lent is coming full on,I've got to stock up on meatless things.(Which basically means dinners of grilled cheese, fish sticks and scrambled eggs in rotation until Easter day.)I'm not very fond of lentils (Which is odd because almost everyone else in my family loves them.) but I can deal with lentil soup.Only the recipe we've always used contains chicken stock, so I'll have to find another.


Michael said...


Oh, to have a Lenten discipline that allows eggs, cheese, and fish!

Seriously, though, you will go slowly mad if you have three meals in rotation for six weeks. There are other things you can try that aren't too taxing to prepare.

For a couple of years, I was exploring the oblature of a Benedictine monastery, generally following the "no meat of four-legged animals" custom of St Benedict's Rule. While the oblature didn't quite work out, one lasting effect is that I seldom eat red meat and often have vegetarian food to supplement my poultry & fish diet.

I've found that the vegetarian selection at our supermarkets in Britain has broadened and improved in recent years. There are a number of good foods in those ranges that are quite imaginative and tasty. Also, if you want to go down the road of meat substitutes (vegetarian burgers, sausages, and such like), some brands are actually very good. There's no way you would ever be convinced that they are meat but if you just accept them for what they are, they are really quite tasty and satisfying. Some of them use egg as a binding agent but if you're allowed egg during Lent anyway, that's one less thing to worry about. I'm sure that there's an equally good range of things near you. Check online for vegetarian and vegan recipes.

Good luck.

Our Lent starts today but the Pre-Lenten weeks ease us into the fast. The first week is fast-free; the second is just the usual Wednesday and Friday fast; the third sees the disappearance of meat, poultry, and eggs; then from today, fish, dairy, olive oil, and wine are out. I have never done it properly all the way through. Let's hope for a better effort this year.

St. Michael the Archangel said...

Wow.. now that is a sacrifice! I don't think I could ever give up my meat (except on fast day). Doing that for 6 weeks would destroy my constitution. And I thought the sacrifice I was offering up was a big one - u blew my Lenten promise out of the water!

=) I know that God will prepare you and help supplement your body over the next 6 weeks - God Bless ya for taking something like this on!

Joe S.R. said...

I kid, I don't really eat just three meals. <3
Usually, I end up with a lot of pasta and potato recipes.My mother is sorta-kinda a vegetarian ,so I'll be relying on her again for ideas.

St. Michael the Archangel said...

ah, ok. So you have that background in vegetarianism - that is good to have when you are about to do what you plan on doing for Lent. I thought you were going to go cold turkey for the first time and not eat meat for 6 weeks.