Mardi Gras…Putting the FAT in Fat Tuesday

Tuesday, March 8, 2011 @ 04:03 PM

Well it is Mardi Gras. Fat Tuesday. The eve of the Lenten season.

I, for one, am not Catholic, but of the Christian faith. My family was not strict about Lent, but we did follow a no meat policy on Fridays. We used to go to the local fish market, every Friday during Lent, as they would make deep fried fish meals, for just about the whole town. Deep fried flounder, shrimp, scallops, and clam strips, with french fries and cole slaw on the side. And boy, did they make a mean cole slaw. Probably one of the best I have ever eaten, and have never been able to replicate no matter how hard I’ve tried.

I have decided not to fire up my outdoor propane deep fryer this evening for a fish fry, (Maybe on Friday), and have opted for using my slow cooker to make a nice pot of jambalaya this evening. I have shrimp, chicken and Andouille sausage for my jambalaya and I have some pulled pork on the side. The red wine is flowing already. Yes, I am over indulging before Lent, but I plan on putting the FAT in Fat Tuesday.

For dessert, my sister and I both are going to follow a tradition of a different sort. This Fat Tuesday, would have been my Pop’s 72nd birthday. My mom always made him cream puffs for his birthday. They were his favorite. I have never made them before, so I am in new territory here. Mom always made a batch of vanilla pudding and chocolate pudding to fill our puffs with. I have done the same, but of course over indulged and made custard out of the vanilla. I have some confectioners sugar to sprinkle on top.

Well, eat, drink, and be merry! Have a great Mardi Gras!

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