Traditional fare on Ash Wednesday around these parts.
Just the sort of thing to remind you that the next 40 days fall under Lent and that having a Good Time is definitely not on the books.
Or your plate…
(Actually, pickled herrings are really quite excellent. Mixed with marinated beetroot, lashings of raw onions and a side order of Bratkartoffeln – that’s “home fries” for the rest of you. Yummy)
The hyphen Scandinavians among us will doubtless be drooling all over their keyboards at this juncture…
>Can we have Norwegian Aquavit with our herring even though it's Lent now??
>Well… it's colorful, anyway! Not sure I'd want to eat it, though. I guess being a vegetarian, I have a natural opt-out!
>How different cultures observe Fat Tuesday, Ash Wednesday and the rest of the Lenten season is interesting. Concentrating on food is not a bad idea, as longs as doesn't involve fasting and abstinence. But I guess that's what it's all about!