Last week, I entertained the thought of posting a list of meatless recipes for Lent. I’ve done it a few times in the past but I haven’t done so in the last four or five years. I couldn’t anymore. It feels too hypocritical. We’ve never practiced the meatless Fridays and meatless Lents that Catholics are so fond of. And while I am all for live and let live, I cannot be a part of a propaganda movement for a belief that I find ridiculous.
For the past so many years, as a family tradition, we cook and eat dinuguan on Good Friday. Yes, it is an act of defiance to the practice of not eating meat during Lent. While I respect the right of other people to abstain from meat during Lent, I don’t have to pretend to agree and I especially don’t have to pretend to believe that there is something inherently good in the practice. In fact, I liken the practice to that call not to post food photos on the internet in the aftermath of typhoon Yolanda which I openly questioned — how can not posting food photos help the typhoon victims at all? In the same manner, how can the abstinence from meat make one a better person? Continue Reading