“Meagre Dishes”

Apparently, if you’re looking for Lent and fast-day food in oldish French cookbooks, you look for a “meagre dish” (plat maigre). They are either meatless, or meat- and dairyless. These dishes are eaten on a “meagre day” (jour maigre) when you abstain from meat (faire maigre). Things are complicated, though, by the existence of a fish which the French today call “maigre”, and by using that word just to mean “lean”.

The word for Lent is Carême. If you see non-Lent-looking food for “Mi-Carême”, that’s for Thursday in the Third Week of Lent (Mid-Lent, in this French expression), when the French have a big party to celebrate getting halfway over the Lenten hill, so to speak. There was also a famous olden days chef named Careme, so be careful! You could think all sorts of wrong things about what the French ate for Lent!

I’m sure a lot of you folks know this stuff already, but I’m hard-pressed to find useful Catholic search terms, even in languages I’m familiar with! (French and I are practically strangers.)

French Lent recipes in English.

French ideas for Lent food, in French. More French Lent recettes.

Potage de Carême. Soupe des lentilles pour Carême. Paschado. Brioche du Carême.

A poem from Monaco celebrating the stockfish.

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