Mardi Gras

Happy Fat Tuesday, mes amis.

As we get ready to give up our delicacies tomorrow for forty days of Lent, it’s only fitting that today should be a day of debauchery and pigging out. In Nice, they’re celebrating the end of a days-long festival called Carnaval de Roi de la Gastronomie (King of Gastronomy Carnival). So yeah, it’s about food.

Mardi Gras in Nice, France.

Mardi Gras celebration in Nice, France. So much color!

In the US, the festivities happen way down in La Nouvelle-Orléans, Louisiana, our most French city, and nothing much happens around us. Apparently we live in Polish country — the big splurge here is paczkis.

So we do our own thing here at Maison Chat, making a plat mijoté from the lovely Bonne Femme Cookbook by Wini Moranville. It’s a beef stew flavored with l’orange et le vinaigre balsamique. The sauce calls for en peu de vin rouge (red wine), jus d’orange (orange juice) and Grand Marnier liqueur. So naturally, we made drinks.

And hopefully for dessert, cafe au lait et beignets. Because after all that rich beef and wine, we’ll need to settle our stomachs with coffee and fried dough.

Bon appetit, fêtards!

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