February 9th is Fat Tuesday! In Galveston, there are Mardi Gras celebrations…why? I really don’t know other than we are neighbors with Louisiana. One of these days I will go check it out Mardi Gras in Galveston. This year there is no time! I understand why Louisiana-New Orleans celebrates Mardi Gras because they were settled by the French. Mardi Gras is a French Catholic celebration. It’s the day before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. I have always known Mardi Gras as a big party. Music, parades and people drinking and eating. So it’s party hard before a period of fasting and being really good 😉 I have gone to Rio for “Carnival”, but never to New Orleans during Mardi Gras. There are celebrations in the Caribbean Islands as well. Typically locals tell me they stay away from it, that after years of it, it gets to be too much. It is fun to see the dancing and vibrant costumes.
This year I plan to have a Mardi Gras theme for super bowl. And of course that means over doing the food and making it Cajun style. I’m ok with a party of 4. The kids might have some people over and that would be great! I don’t think any of us are really excited in particular about this football game. However, it is tradition and it’s a good excuse to get together and eat!
I consulted Pinterest for a good gumbo recipe and scored! I will have that cooking in the crockpot all day. I am going to fry shrimp that can be put on French bread to make po-boys. We are having spicy crackers with cheese and andouille sausage, jalapeno poppers (that’s just my Texas addition to it) and king cake! I have never had king cake and think it’s interesting that if you get the piece that has the baby figure inside it symbolizes luck and prosperity. Before they had the little plastic babies they used beans, which seems safer!
I will look for some purple, green and gold plates and will have some beads to wear. To drink, we will have some mock tail hurricanes. I think it will be fun!
The gumbo is in the slow cooker and I still have 5 lbs of shrimp to peel and I need to go get the plates. We are going to do commercial bingo (a tip a friend of mine gave me) and I need to go get some prizes. I think for this group a gift card to a fast food place will be good.
I love going to the grocery store HEB. My daughter spied the cake hiding in the basket when I texted her back this picture as an answer to “what are you doing?”. She wants a king cake from a bakery. I am no connoisseur of king cakes, this one from the HEB bakery will have to do. I think the HEB bakery is really good. They have all sorts of baked goods. I never knew there was a variety of filling options for king cake. We got cream cheese and pineapple. Cinnamon and pecan praline I would think are the more traditional. They also have other fruit fillings.
So a little on the details…the hurricane is equal parts (shot) of pineapple juice, orange juice, a squeeze of lime, a splash of agave nectar, all shaken (you can add a shot of rum). Then you pour a splash of grenadine on top and you get the really cool blend of colors. The grenadine sinks to the bottom.