I can say for sure the opposite of this statement is true on this side of the pond.
Paul, what do you mean?
re BBQ's.................... shrimps are Lenten fare and very, very tasty when bbq'ed...................
Today I made a Greek ratatouille. In Greek this dish is called tourli which means a bit of everything. In the past housewives were very frugal and anything left over during the week - excluding animal products - was added to this dish. It is easy and very tasty. Saute onions and garlic with parsley until onion is transparent, and then add all the other ingredients one by one, all nicely cubed..... stirring constantly. The tomatoes will add their juice so you don't need to add any liquid. Simmer until cooked then put the cooked mixture into small, individual clay oven pots and then bake. When not fasting a bechamel cream topping can be added.
I used a little olive oil to saute the vegetables, but you can use plain water if you are fasting from oil.