Mother Earth Living

Food Matters

All about fresh, flavorful food

Add to My MSN

The Rich History and Taste of Mardi Gras

3/4/2011 11:29:37 AM

Tags: Mardi Gras, Recipes, Samantha Collins, King Cake, Gumbo, Boudin, History, Holidays

S.CollinsIn French, Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday, literally. Everyone has heard about the big, colorful, and tasty, celebrations in the beautiful French Quarters of New Orleans. However, most people don’t know the rich, and religious, history of Mardi Gras. It isn’t only about the party.

Let’s start with the basics. Mardi Gras occurs 47 days before Easter Sunday and is always on a Tuesday. Mardi Gras celebrations first arrived in the United States in the late-1600s as a French-Catholic tradition. The three traditional colors are purple, gold and green, which represent justice, power and faith. Although Mardi Gras is not a nationwide celebration, there are many spots to celebrate. Take New Orleans for example. It is well-known that New Orleans is the center of all Mardi Gras festivities.

Now, let’s get to the good part: the food! Fat Tuesday refers to the day before Ash Wednesday, which represents the start of Lent in Catholicism. Essentially, Mardi Gras is the last day to indulge yourself before the 40 days of Lent begin. This explains why foods related to Mardi Gras are so rich and delicious.

Here are a few traditional Mardi Gras foods with an herbie twist.

King’s Cake is a popular dish during Mardi Gras. The sweet pasty was created to use up the extra lard, sugar and fruit before lent. There are many varieties of this cake all of which serve the same purpose of enjoying oneself with flavor.

Try out our King Cake with Calendula. It's a lightly sweetened yeast bread decorated with thin frosting and bands of colored sugar crystals.

04 March 2011 King Cake 
King Cake is a popular dessert to eat during Mardi Gras celebrations.
Photo By Emily Carlin/Courtesy Flickr
 

It isn’t Mardi Gras without a Cajun dish with sausage. Sausage was first used during Mardi Gras because of it’s compatibility with herbs and spices that were grown in the South.

Spice it up a bit with our Cajun Garden Boudin. Serve this vegetarian sausage recipe with crusty French bread.

Gumbo is another must-have when celebrating with New Orleans flair. Gumbo originated in New Orleans in the 18th century that intertwined various cultures in the area ranging from French to West African.

Enjoy our veggie, and vitamin-rich, Gumbo With Cabbage.

I hope your Mardi Gras celebrations are exciting and flavorful! Do you celebrate Mardi Gras? If so, what foods do you enjoy eating during the parties?

Read More: The Colors of Mardi Gras - Mardi Gras, New Orleans
Mardi Gras has a Colorful History - NewsChief.com 



Related Content

Small Homes: The Alligator House in New Orleans

Designed as a shotgun-style house for natural ventilation, the Alligator House was designed and buil...

Ornamental Grasses Conserve Water

Save water, time and money on your landscape with beautiful drought-tolerant ornamental grasses.

Tips for Cooking Inexpensive Cuts of Pastured Meat

Learning a few tips and tricks for cooking inexpensive cuts of meat can help you save grocery dollar...

Chocolate Oat Cake

This sweet cake is the perfect addition to a cup of tea, a brunch or dessert!

Content Tools




Post a comment below.

 



Subscribe today and save 58%

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living!

Welcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $14.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $19.95.