When the fun of Carnival season ended at midnight Tuesday, many Christians in south Louisiana began the observance of the solemn Lenten season of penance and abstinence.

Lent, a 40-day period of penance and prayer between Ash Wednesday and Holy Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday, is traditionally a time when Catholics and some other Christians are expected to fast by eating lighter meals and abstaining from meat on Fridays.

While Louisiana has an abundance of fresh seafood to use for those Friday meals, home cooks sometimes turn to convenience products such as canned tuna for their Lenten dishes.