Many, many years ago I got it in my head that for the entire 40 Days of Lent, we would not eat meat. As in none. Fridays were reserved strictly for Fish or Seafood, the rest of the week something meatless (like cheese pizza). The one exception was Sunday Supper, since Sundays are not counted as part of the 40-Days. Even then, I made attempts to limit the meat consumption.
Sometimes my mind works in very strange ways. Take Rome and the Vatican for example. We eat a lot of Italian inspired suppers during Lent because meatless pastas are so darn easy, their seafood dishes are swimming in awesomeness and everything is super delicious. So, is the Vatican in the heart of Rome for the food, or is Italian meatless dishes so doggone good because of all those Catholic Cooks in Italy? I know, it’s a silly thought. The Vatican’s location has nothing to do with the food, but just maybe all those Catholics puttering about in the kitchen has something to do with the food. Just saying . . .
It’s only fitting that on this, the eleventh day of the Lenten Season, we enjoy a recipe from New Orleans. After all, you can’t get much more connected to the whole idea of Lent without the Carnival that is Mardi Gras.