Today is the first Friday of the Lenten season, and in honor of that, Leslie and I are sharing fish and seafood recipes for today's edition of She Made, Ella Hace. So, here's the thing—I wasn't raised Catholic (and I'm not Catholic now), so I've never done the whole abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent thing. And while my husband was raised Catholic, he's not a practicing Catholic now.
That said, I've always been fascinated with the rules and observations of other religions, as a part of culture. So, in high school, I'd watch a lot of my Catholic friends order vegetarian Whoppers at Burger King during our lunch break. I think it was just a Whopper without the beef patty. I've never actually tried one myself (do they still make these, or do they just use veggie burgers now?). I do, however, take full advantage of all of the fish sandwich specials this time of year.
But here's what always stumped me—why fish? Isn't fish meat? But apparently, "according to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, abstinence laws say meat is considered something that comes only from animals that live on land, like chicken, cows, sheep or pigs" (source: CBS Minnesota). Huh.
I mean, just look at the recipe that I'm sharing with you today. Healthy? Oh yes! But I think it would be hard to feel the spirit of contrition while enjoying something so full of flavor. The same goes for Leslie's Camarones con Rajas! Maybe if I just have a small helping...
Leslie and I have teamed up to occasionally make a our own versions of the same dish. We want to see how similar (or how different) they turn out. Other times we will pick an ingredient and see what each other make from it. Good food knows no borders and we hope to share the food we love with you.