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?