From a reader in Colorado:
Dear Fr. Z,
I think you be happy to hear that you were mentioned, not once, but at least twice, in today’s homily in Colorado Springs!
Fr. Stéphan Dupré, FSSP, mentioned your blog in his homily, which covered the upcoming Ember Days while educating his "dear parishoners" (as he refers to us frequently) on the subject. He also brought up the interesting and little-known (to us "dear parishoners"
at least) connection between Ember Days and tempura! That’s fascinating! I can’t wait to order tempura again and tell the story.
"But Father! But Father!", I can hear you saying, as you throw your chopsticks at the screen. "Are you telling us that Ember Days have something to do with Japanese food? You’ve gone too far!"
In the 16th c. Spanish and Portuguese missionaries settled in Nagasaki, Japan. From their interest in inculturation and out of sensitivity for the ways of the people, they tried to make meatless meals for Embertide, which is a fast time. They started deep-frying shrimp. The Japanese ran with and developed it to perfection. This is “tempura,” again from the Latin term for the Ember Days "Quatuor Tempora".