ASK FATHER: Lenten Fridays, Insects, and You

From a reader…


Hello I am thinking about trying crickets. Are they okay to eat on Fridays of Lent? Or any Friday as a meatless option? They are a complete protein which makes them very nutritious.

Gives another layer of meaning to Saltimbocca!

Sure!   Good choice.   And, as a bonus, I hear they are cheap…. cheap…. cheap….

Perhaps you can have them like fries with your braised Giant Burrowing Cockroach.

Your culinary choice has the Unreconstructed Ossified Manualist stamp of approval!

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  1. Hugh says:

    This is only tangentially related, but in Phyllis McGinley’s “Saint Watching” – a delightful book – there is the story of two Irish hermits: St Columban and St Columbanus (I could have the names wrong, since I’m away from my books.)

    Anyway, one of them (say it was Columbanus) in his cave hermitage in a rock off the west coast of Ireland, had found himself a pet … a cockroach … and he tenderly cared for it with the meagre provisions he had.

    Eventually the cockroach died.

    Columbanus was grieved by this. He wrote to Columban (on a similarly uncomfortable piece of real estate nearby) telling of his upset and asking for spiritual advice.

    Columban wrote back instructing him not to get so attached to worldly things !!!

  2. Andrew says:

    Modernistae qui famulos Christi
    rabie sua in gehennam ducunt
    me quoque rapere semper festinant:

    “amice, ne timeas quadragesimae
    tempore sumptuose cenare, opera
    si justitiae feceris, satis tibi est.”

    Consilia eorum numquam sequar
    nec cesso fervore pristino clamitare:
    “traditionis me sciatis esse custodem”

    Hieronymus meus est, Ambrosium
    amo, Augustinum sequor, balteo
    pelliceo cingor, locustisque vescor.

  3. MaterDeicolumbae says:

    In some California stores, I used to see candy on a stick that had an insect inside it (eg., a cricket or a grub).
    My uncle would eat the grub inside the mezcal bottle.
    Per Google search:
    “The worm itself is actually a moth larvae called a gusano de maguey—since it feeds off of the maguey plant. … Some think the worm in the bottle started as a marketing ploy, to get people to drink more mezcal in the 1940s and 1950s.”
    Viva Mexico!

  4. APX says:

    You can roast them and then grind them up in a coffee grinder and add them to your food for a quick and easy boost of protein, or use them as a seasoning.

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