Posts Tagged ‘mardi gras’

Hot Cross Buns!

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This weekend is Easter, and Friday marks the end of Lent, a period of  abstinence and fasting for many Christians, starting right after Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras. That’s forty days of willpower, my friends, and explains why one of the season’s most celebrated treats are hot cross buns. But just what is a hot cross bun, and why are people so crazy for them this time of year?

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Pancake Tuesday

 

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Bruegel: “The Fight Between Carnival and Lent”

 

Tomorrow, Tuesday February 8th is Mardi Gras, the festivity that marks the final day of the Carnival Season in the Catholic church, which traditionally runs from the Epiphany to Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. The Carnival Season was originally an amalgam of pagan celebrations appropriated and adapted by the church state and celebrated by the hoi polloi and is characterized by excess; excess consumption of food, alcohol, parties and parades.

Participants in the revelry wore-and still wear- masks, originally so they could raise hell in public and mock the church and aristocracy with impunity, and the masquerade balls and parades are still a major part of the celebrations in Carnivals over the world, most noticeable in the Carnivals of Venice, Rio de Janeiro and New Orleans. The fact that you could run amok on this day and get away with it Scott-free is also reflected in another moniker for this day, Shrove Tuesday; “shriving” means confessing one’s sins and gaining absolution, so you have one last bash before lent, shrive, and enter that season guilt free. Continue »



The Southern Po’Boy Cookbook

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“I’m just a poor boy, I need no sympathy…”- Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody

It is March break and the snowbirds have descended on sunnier climes, slapping on the sunblock, playing canasta by the pool and indulging in the local fare. It is pretty much common knowledge that if you want authentic Cou cou with Flying fish, you should go to Barbados, if you want authentic Texas Barbeque, make a road trip to the Salt Lick  in Driftwood, Texas, and if you have a hankering for a classic New Orleans Po’Boy sandwich,  recently declared the Best Regional Sandwich in America by the Huffington Post, you’re going to want to stroll the quaint streets of the French Quarter and check out Johnny’s Po-boys.  

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