The Feast of Saint Priapus

Priapus in a fresco from Pompeii

Yesterday, March 24, was the Feast of Saint Priapus. According to the Greek Mythology Link, “Priapus is a god of fertility, protector of horticulture and viticulture. His statue, holding a wooden sickle in his hand, was used in the Roman gardens as scarecrow, and his enormous penis as a threat against thieves.”

The Invisible Basilica of Sabazius notes that Priapus was “The Mysian god of creative fertility in nature and in man; sometimes identified with both Hermês and Pan. He presided over the fertility of fields and flocks, bee-keeping, viticulture and fishing. By some accounts, he was included among the retinue of Dionysus.”

In honor of the saint’s blessings to flock and field, please enjoy this recipe as part of your feast.

Honey Orange Fish Fillets


  • 3 tbs frozen orange juice concentrate (thawed)
  • 1 tbs peanut or safflower oil
  • 2 tbs honey
  • ½ tsp dried dill weed
  • ⅛ tsp white pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp orange zest
  • 1 ½ pounds haddock, arctic char, cod, or halibut fillets


  1. Combine the orange juice concentrate, oil, honey, dried dill weed, white pepper, salt, and orange zest, and pour over the fish in a glass baking dish. Cover and chill 30 minutes. (You can also make this without marinating the fish; just broil it and brush with the marinade.)
  2. Remove the fish from the dish and reserve the marinade. Grill or broil the fish 4-6 inches away from heat source (either over medium coals or under a hot broiler), turning carefully once and brushing with the marinade until fish is thoroughly cooked and flakes easily when tested with a fork, about 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. If the fish is less than 1/2-inch thick, you can broil it without turning, which makes the recipe much easier! Discard any remaining marinade and serve the fish immediately.

(Source: The Spruce Eats)

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Image via Wikimedia Commons, By Fer.filol – Own work, Public Domain.


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