Friday, March 14, 2014

For the Love of...

Fish!

I'm familiar with the tradition in the Catholic church of eating fish on Friday, especially during Lent. I cruised through the Internet trying to find an explanation of this observance and was puzzled to find varied explanations, none of them very clear. As best as I can tell, from several Catholic websites, it started as a tradition to abstain from meat on Fridays, as a way of observing penance. I'm not a big meat eater, so not sure how much of a sacrifice this would be for me.

Several sites discussed whether eating fish was really abstaining from eating meat and whether the original intent was to focus on grains and veggies. Still others talked about the significance of fish in the Christian history: Jesus dividing the fish and loaves, the disciples being fishers of men, the early practice of drawing a fish shape in the ground (an Ichthys) to indicate one's Christianity when it was dangerous to do so verbally.

No matter. I like fish. I'm happy to embrace this tradition. So in honor of Fridays in Lent, I will offer fishy recipes for your dining pleasure. Today's recipe comes from SparkPeople and is so ridiculously easy, I'm going to make it tonight:

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World's Easiest Salmon Recipe

1/4 cup real maple syrup (not pancake syrup) or honey
1/4 cup soy sauce
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
12 oz salmon

Mix first three ingredients in a large plastic bag and marinate salmon for at least an hour before cooking. Pour salmon with marinade into a baking dish, cover with foil and bake at 350 for 15 minutes. The salmon is done when it flakes at the thickest part. Enjoy!

Do you have an explanation of the tradition of fish on Fridays? Educate me.

14 comments:

  1. My husband was Catholic and grew up eating tuna casserole on Fridays. I'm not a fan of fish, so I'd have to starve, I guess. ;)

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    1. Nah-- you could do what was probably intended and focus on the veggies, fruits and grains for a day. I could do that!

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  2. When I was younger, my parents used to make us fish on Fridays while they completely abstained from any type of meat. Thanks for the reminder of no-meat-Fridays during Lent. I have a hard time remember this rule...
    Looking forward to trying the salmon recipe! :)

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    1. I don't know if my current church (Episcopal) adheres to this or not. They haven't made a big deal of it, if they do. But I like fish, so why not?

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  3. I have read about fish for Fridays too. And this recipe looks great!

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    1. Nina, that's what I figure. Whether I buy into the "rule" or not, it looks yummo.

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  4. Mmmm, salmon. A delightful-looking recipe!

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  5. Yummy yum yum yum. Looks good, and being a Coaster, am always ready for a new seafood recipe.

    My paternal grandmother was devoutly Catholic and never ate meat on any Friday, not just during Lent. I asked why fish isn't considered a meat and she said it was flesh...akin to the Body of Christ...relating it also to the fishes and loaves.

    And when I participated a couple of Lents ago in the Daniel Fast, fish and seafood were allowed, but no other meats, oils, dairy, processed food, caffeine (egad!), sugar/sweets/sweetbread...mainly nuts and veggies. But you know what? I felt SO GOOD after that Lent, physically, but I did miss my meat.

    I'm loving your Lenten journey. :)

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    1. I made it last night and it was indeed yummy. I love salmon. Going without dairy and caffeine would be hard for me. But I can see how you would have felt really cleansed after!

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  6. My husband and eldest son love salmon. This would be a good recipe for us. Thanks!

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  7. I often use a similar recipe to make my Salmon--also from AllRecipes.com. It is our favorite by far. It's now Saturday, but I think I'll be making this tonight. ;-)

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    1. Yes, and I have leftovers for a salad today. Mmmm

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