Blog: It’s Lent. And I’ve got it licked

By Joanne Grew

So today is Ash Wednesday. Not only is it the day we never fail to feel ill after over-indulging in pancakes the night before, it is also the first day of Lent.

Like most years, I will give up chicken for the 40 days because thanks to its versatility, it ends up in most of the dishes I cook. However unlike most years, I will make an unusual food a regular part of my diet.

This will be beef tongue.

Why? I can almost hear you ask.

Well, my question to you is why not?

As the saying goes, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.

I’ve never tried beef tongue before. I might hate it. But then again I might love it, or even learn to love it.

Far too often many of us get stuck in the same old routine of buying the same old foods, cooking the same old foods and snacking on the same old foods.

So from now on, Lent for me will no longer be the dreaded period of giving something up, but a period of innovation and experimentation. And who knows, beef tongue could become a part of my regular diet once Lent is over.

Tonight’s boiled beef tongue in garlic sauce will give me a better idea.

Wish me luck!

To find out how Joanne gets on, check back later. Jo – we want pictures!

Beef tongue photo from

Joanne Grew

The author:

Matt lives in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. He is passionate about the independent food & drink sector and founded Great Food Club in 2010 after being inspired by local producers near his home town.