It's hard to have "penitential" meals during Lent when you live in south Louisiana. It just is. Oh - no meat. Pity. I guess I'll just have to have some fried shrimp or crawfish etoufee or maybe boiled crawfish. Ouch! One priest who writes a column in his parish's bulletin noted last week that *something* should be penitential about your Friday if it won't be the food.
My favorite of favorite school cafeteria meals is their vegetable soup. To have it with a grilled cheese sandwhich makes it even better. They have had it twice this year, and both times I have not been at school - once visiting my friend from Pennsylvania and once attending her mom's funeral. Go figure. But today was my lucky day - vegetable soup AND grilled cheese. A menu change from the fish and cheese burger. (Now THAT would be a penance!) The soup wasn't as good as it could have been, but I enjoyed it anyway.
And tonight....dear husband fried some speckled trout for the kiddos that just about melted in your mouth. (I had to try a piece.) And he baked some catfish for he and I - with the bone still in. Mmmm - lemon, seasoning, and a little butter... It was all good!
There were sacrifices today, but it wasn't in the food!