Whether it’s Mardi Gras, Carnevale, Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday to you, one thing is certain: it’s a time to party and feast. In my family, today was license to gorge because you would be giving up something for Lent. During Lent, we didn’t eat meat on Fridays. As a child, I would always give up candy for Lent. I haven’t thought about what I’m going to give up this year. I should probably give up Seamless or NYC restaurants if I really want to give up something I love. Enough talk of giving things up, that’s for tomorrow.
A Neapolitan tradition for Carnevale was making large meatballs with raisins. My grandmother used to make these, but because most people in the family didn’t like the raisins, she left them out. My mother remembers a big feast, like the street festivals, in celebration of Fat Tuesday.
I think King Cake is the most popular food for Mardi Gras, at least in the U.S.
From searching online, I see that there are many variations of this cake. I found a recipe for Haydel’s King Cake from Haydel’s Bakery, a popular place to order King Cake. Don’t forget to hide the baby inside!