Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Let the Good Times Roll!

Well, it's technically already Ash Wednesday here, but I'm still up, so it's Fat Tuesday to me. In fact, every Tuesday might as well be Fat Tuesday since I don't really celebrate Lent or whatever. But regardless, I can't pass up an opportunity to snack on king cake and drink New Orleans-made beer.

Every Fat Tuesday, I bring a homemade King Cake to work, courtesy of a recipe I tested for Kittee years ago. I can't share it because I believe she's using it for a zine one day, but you can find another Kittee king cake recipe here. Here's this year's cake:

In year's past, I've always filled my cake with Kittee's suggested cinnamon-sugar filling, but this year, I tried using cherry pie filling instead. The gooey, sweet cherries made for one tasty (and gorgeous) filling:

Since I've not been able to find plastic babies for sale here to hide in the cake, I've always used Kittee's suggestion of hiding a dry white bean (with a smiley face drawn on in Sharpie!) inside the cake. The person who finds the bean in his or her slice is responsible for bringing the cake next year. And wouldn't you know it? I got the damn bean in my own slice! Of course, I always bring the cake anyway, so it's appropriate.

Later on in the night, I went to my friend Shara's house to play games on her new Xbox Kinect and drink Abita Turbodog. I always drink Abita on Fat Tuesday since it's made in New Orleans. That's Shara on the left and her cute-ass dog Doogie!

Even though I don't celebrate Lent or Easter in any kind of religious way, I've been considering giving up something for Lent this year just because. I was thinking about giving up cooking with oil and/or fried foods, but now I'm having second thoughts. Lent lasts a long time, and I'm not so sure I'm ready to give anything up so soon after my January cleanse.

Are you giving up anything for Lent this year?

17 comments:

Dan.Eliot said...
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VeggieGirl said...

LOVE the filling for the King Cake!

Tender Branson said...

Those oozing cherries really look perfect with the cake. Great call.

chocolate-covered katie said...

I LOVE your king cakes! I think I remember you made one last year too? If vegans had titles, you would be the super-fun party vegan! :)

Kiersten said...

Someday I am coming over and you are going to teach me how to make my own King Cake. Yours looks beautiful! I haven't had one of those since I was a kid.

foodfeud said...

I'm giving up alcohol this year (except for one day a week). I did this last year too and it was..quite something.
One question you can answer, maybe, since yr from the South - why are all King Cakes those colors??

Helen said...

That king cake looks amazing. I gave up sugar (Again). We'll see how this goes. ;-)

jessy said...

now i have that song stuck in my head, Bianca! ahahahahahahaa! it's a good thing i love The Cars. ;)

kittee's recipes rock the hardest and that filling is ridiculously awesome! yay, yay, YAY! hooooray for super fun times with king cake, NOLA brews, Shara, and her adorable dog Doogie! happy Fat Tuesday, indeed!

jessy said...

p.s. - might i also add i think it funny that you got the beanie-baby. :)

Bianca said...

Hey foodfeud! Purple, green, and yellow are the traditional colors of Mardi Gras, but I wasn't sure exactly what their symbolism was ... so I googled and found this: "Purple represents justice, green represents faith and gold represents power."

Erin said...

The cherry king cake sounds super delicious! Funny that you got the bean in your slice :)

Amanda said...

Never had a king cake before. That goes on my list of Foods to Try. :)

As for Lent, rather than give anything up, I'm trying to add something- more exercise.

Michelle said...

That cake looks so good...love the look of that filling! Too funny that you got the bean baby! :o)

Eve said...

That looks SOO good! Love the colors and the cherry filling. I've never participated in Lent (that I can remember), but I like foodfeud's idea of giving up alcohol. So far so good.

Jennifer said...

Beautiful cake! This year for lent I'm doing the 21 day vegan challenge, but only on the weekdays. I'm also blogging about my experiences with it.

Serena said...

beautiful looking cake! i've always wanted to try one of those!

Christin@purplebirdblog said...

First of all, I LOVE the name of your blog! :)


Secondly... my GOD woman, that king cake filling looks crazygood!