For a lot of people, Fat Tuesday aka Mardi Gras is the perfect excuse to eat too much, drink too much and just all around have way more fun than imaginable. These days very few people stop to think of the religious implications of the day.Continue reading “Fat Tuesday’s Cajun Chicken and Sausage Gumbo”
If today is Fat Tuesday, then tomorrow is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Lenten Season for most of the Christian World. While most people think of Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday as being one and the same, that’s not entirely accurate.
This year, for Mardi Gras, I thought it would be nice to give you some options for a sit down supper. If you have been following along, you already have my recipe for the traditional King’s Cake for dessert and a savory Shrimp and Crab Cheese Wheel to get things started. We’ve now reached into the suggestion box for the main event.
Did someone say cake? Where there’s a cake, there is bound to be a party, right? So, what is a King’s Cake and why do we eat it? Sometime between January 6th, King’s Day or the Twelfth Night of Christmas, and Lent (a time of abstinence, penance and self-control) we have the most outrageous party of all, Mardi Gras. And what is a party without a luscious cake? But this isn’t just any old cake. The King’s Cake is rich in tradition and folklore.
Some believe that Mardi Gras can trace its roots to Roman times. The Romans held a festival in mid-February to honor their god of fertility and agriculture, Lepercus. The Lupercalia Festival of Rome held some definite Mardi Gras-like qualities such as drinking, feasting and indulging in pleasures of the flesh. During the Crusades, the carnival-like Lupercalia Festival was adopted as a Christian “last fling” of indulgence before the Lenten period of penitence and sacrifice.