Laissez les bon temps roulez!

On March 8 of this year, the Christian world will celebrate Shrove Tuesday aka Fat Tuesday aka Mardi Gras aka Pancake Day. The Reader’s Digest explanation of the day is that it marks the final day before Ash Wednesday and the start of the Lenten season. The 40 days of Lent commemorate the 40 days Jesus spent fasting and praying in the desert and is a time many  give up meat and decadent high fat foods and spend extra time in prayer and charity work in order to prepare themselves spiritually for Easter. Thus, the day before becomes the final day to Let the Good Times Roll! (translation of the blog’s title) before Lent begins.

The two most commonly known traditions are the English speaking countries’ Pancake Day and the French speaking countries’ Mardi Gras (known as Carnival in Brazil).

The two recipes I have on the site for pancakes (Beet Ricotta and Harvest) are both “healthy” recipes and are not exactly in the spirit of the eating all of the naughtiness in the house, but if you feel the need to eat right even on Pancake Day, be my guest.  My “go to” recipe for pancakes (which I make at least once or twice a month) is from Emeril’s There’s a Chef in My Soup.

As far as Mardi Gras is concerned, obviously we have a few New Orleans recipes to help you with your celebrations:

Mardi Gras is also the last day to have a King’s Cake. And one last idea from my mother-in-law is the Hot Cross Buns she used to make for the teachers at the kids’ school for Ash Wednesday and/or Good Friday!

I think we will be having Emeril’s pancakes for breakfast, Jambalaya for dinner and Bread Pudding this year. I figure I’ll splurge and use Wednesday’s Weight Watcher Points on Tuesday since I will be fasting on Wednesday. That is the Mardi Gras spirit, isn’t it?

Until next time, happy eating.


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