Shrove Tuesday (also known in Commonwealth countries as Pancake Tuesday or Pancake day) is the day in February or March immediately preceding Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent), which is celebrated in some countries by consuming pancakes. In others, especially those where it is called Mardi Gras or some translation thereof, this is a carnival day, and also the last day of “fat eating” or “gorging” before the fasting period of Lent.
This moveable feast is determined by Easter. The expression “Shrove Tuesday” comes from the word shrive, meaning “absolve“. Shrove Tuesday is observed by many Christians, including Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists, Roman Catholics and orthodox, who “make a special point of self-examination, of considering what wrongs they need to repent, and what amendments of life or areas of spiritual growth they especially need to ask God’s help in dealing with.”
Being the last day of the liturgical season historically known as Shrovetide, before the penitential season of Lent, related popular practices, such as indulging in food that one sacrifices for the upcoming forty days, are associated with Shrove Tuesday celebrations, before commencing the fasting and religious obligations associated with Lent. The term Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday.
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The next chapter in the saga of John Wick is compelling, smart and a surprisingly good follow up to the first film. Everyone knew that after the success of the sleeper hit found in the original John Wick that its sequel would be bigger but how could it be better. I am not in the camp that this film is better or worse. It is strikingly good for different reasons than the first.
The only thing that didn’t work for me was the horrendously high body count for a guy who wants to walk away from the assassin’s life. However, he is pulled right back in. No spoiler alert need, who doesn’t know that?
This film is equally as stylish as the first film and it gives us more to the legend of The Continental. John Wick fans will not be disappointed. He even has a formidable opponent.
The food: Duck is eaten by one of the central characters. So if this is an night out order Duck Confit, duck sliders or at home try your hand at making duck fat fries. Click to See the recipe or duck confit sliders. (click to see recipe)
We also find out that when John Wick wants a stiff drink, Blanton’s bourbon whiskey is his thing.
Rum balls are a truffle-like confection of sweet, dense cake or biscuit material flavoured with chocolate and rum. They are roughly the size of a golf ball and often coated in chocolate sprinkles, desiccated coconut, or cocoa. As their name implies, these cookies contain rum. Because they are not baked, the alcohol flavour and kick are not lost during preparation. This cookie is especially popular during the holiday season.
Typical Danish rum balls with different kinds of sprinkles
Rum balls are a popular Christmas treat in England, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United States, Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Denmark (where they are called romkugler and enjoyed all the year round).
There are many different ways to make rum balls, as recipes vary from region to region and family to family. All rum balls must include chocolate and rum, but the rest of the ingredients vary in kind, form, and amount.
To make rum balls, the cake (or biscuit) material is crushed and mixed with cocoa and a moist binding ingredient, such as jam or condensed milk. Other optional ingredients can also be added, such as nuts. When the mixture holds together firmly, it is rolled into balls and then coated.
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If any thing truly positive has happened culinary-wise in the last decade, it is the advent of gourmet ice cream. No more of the boring few flavors of my childhood which made always rather blah about ice cream Now, thanks to companies like Van Leewen we have flavors like Earl Grey Tea, Ginger Small Kettle Candied Ginger, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk and more.
Enjoy Ginger Ice Cream with chunks of Ginger
Van Leewen has more locations in New York than Los Angeles. However, both cities offer Food Trucks.
Visit the website for locations: http://www.vanleeuwenicecream.com/wbtyqmpq1t3s02f84b97vtf8wb2s7s
Roasted Strawberry & Toasted White Chocolate, Honey Lavendar, Black Olive Brittle & Goat Cheese, and Freckled Woodblock Chocolate are just of the gourmet flavors you can experience at Salt & Straw Ice Cream shops.
To the Left (MCCN Editor having Honey lavender)
My friend who lived in the Portland Area recently moved to LA and asked I wanted to get ice cream. Now, I don’t love ice cream. I like it. I crave it more when it is hot but gourmet ice can change your mind about what you know to be ice cream. Nothing boring on the menu like plain old chocolate, ice cream or strawberry. And the title of each flavor at this shop is likely to be more than one word. Like popular yogurt shops they let you endlessly sample flavors. Considering that the flavors are so different, it is best than you can before walking on the wild side.
The proof is in the putting when you can bring friends back to enjoy the experience with you. We’re not selfish like Eddie Murphy’s famous comedy skit, ” I got some ice cream and you ain’t gone none. ” No, the more the merrier when it comes to sharing in masterful taste experience.
Visit the website for locations: http://saltandstraw.com/
Theme parties just take parties to another level whether it is choosing a color, a decade, pirates, sports, culture, holiday, red carpet or whatever floats your boat. And believe or not Dollar and 99 Cent store are making it very affordable to do themes. If you are crafty then visit craft and fabric stores.
So Madonna, expose shoulder with strap> Now as for the Cake isn’t it awesome, seems doable.
Some hay and a wagon wheel can go a long way:
Pink and Gold
New Year’s Eve
Photo By Crystal Johnson