Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Holiday edition: Mardi Gras!

Dear Readers,

     Today is Mardi Gras!  For those of you who don't know, "Mardi Gras" is French for "Fat Tuesday," and it's celebrated the day before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.  Traditionally, Mardi Gras is the last opportunity to eat rich foods and indulge before the fasting of Lent.  Celebrated around the world with parades, parties, decorations, and festivities, Mardi Gras can be an incredibly fun experience.
     If you want to celebrate Mardi Gras, and there aren't any events going on where you are, celebrate on your own!  Or, as they say in New Orleans, "Laissez les bon temps roulez!" ("Let the good times roll!")  Decorate with lots of green, gold, and purple streamers, flowers, and strands of beads!  Plan your menu: red beans and rice, jambalaya, gumbo - all big hearty meals that will feed a crowd (all the recipes are gluten-free).
     Mardi Gras parties aren't complete without the King Cake.  The King Cake (named after the Magi three kings) is a sweet dough baked in a ring and typically has a cinnamon filling (though cream cheese and fruit fillings are becoming popular too.)  The cake is baked, then covered in white frosting with purple, gold/yellow, and green sprinkles (the sparklier, the better!)  When served at a party, the host hides a tiny plastic baby inside; in the American South, whomever finds the baby in the cake has to provide the King Cake for the next party*.  Here's a fairly simple recipe to try, but it is not gluten free.
     To let the good times roll all year around, sweeten up your next celebration with a Triple Delight Cake.  They're delicious for any occasion, and they're available to order any time!

All the best,
Euforia Confections

** The author of this entry, while living in Louisiana, accidentally ate the baby in a King Cake during her first Mardi Gras.