Simple Gifts... Fish Fridays... I LOVE Fish Fridays!
In the Catholic faith tradition, we're required to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, every Friday during Lent, and including Good Friday. It is a small sacrifice/penance to commemorate the day of the crucifixion of Jesus. For a long time Fish Fridays ALL year round were the thing.
The Second Vatican Council back in the 1960's relaxed some of that, and left the emphasis on mandatory abstinence and fasting only for the more penitential time of Lent. But still, the Church encourages Fish Fridays! And so I try to make sure fish is on the menu here at home. A small thing I can offer up in love...
Here is a Thai-inspired soup I made with coconut milk base infused with chili-laced curry paste, lots of veggies (including leafy bok choy--yum!) crunchy bamboo shoots, as well as small, inexpensive salad shrimps. Quick, easy, and meat-free. We do meatless Mondays too. :)