Tuesday, February 20, 2007

It's Carnival!

Happy Carnival!! As I write this Venice is swirling, New Orleans is popping and Rio de Janeiro is chug-a-chugging to the samba beat while Milan...waits for Fat Thursday thru Saturday. Yep, Milan celebrates it's Carnival and beginning of lent a couple days later.

Evidently after Milan's long bout with the plague, Saint Ambrose, patron saint of Milan, petitioned the Pope to let Milan have some extra days of fun before succumbing to the somber rites of lent.

So, I'm still marinating my giardiniera and planning for my New Orleans Muffuletta sandwich to bring to the office pot-luck on Thursday. On "Fat Saturday" we're having 10 people over for gumbo and king cake. Stay tuned for recipes. And don't forget to do a little Carnival dancing!


Blogger Loulou said...

I'll definitely do some dancing! Happy Carnival!

4:23 PM  
Blogger beenzzz said...

I wish I was in Italy or Rio de Janeiro right now. Hoe exciting!

4:35 PM  
Blogger ML said...

Happy Carnival to you too! I really love Muffuleta sandwiches, and I can imagine how yummy yours will be.

8:30 PM  
Anonymous scott said...

Hey, if a bout of the plague won't get you a few extra days of partying, what will? I had some good king cake today, from a coworker who brought it back from Louisiana. Unfortunately, I didn't get the baby.

btw, I laughed my butt off about your chili adventure - that's from the recipe called "very good chili" or some such, right? I've used the ancho paste as the foundation for many a chili-cookoff-winning chili. It was so heavy, I'd guess, because you cooked it for such a long time without adding additional liquid. You sort of want meat in suspended animation, as gross as that sounds. Unless you are in Cincinnati, you want your chili in a bowl, not on a plate.

10:27 PM  
Blogger Jay said...

I didn't realize there were different carnival time zones.

3:50 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

Happy Carnival (I'll be honest, I don't know what this is, but sounds cool, they don't have carnival in Kenya, haha) I wish I could petition the Pope for extra days off from work or something. I wish you all the best!

7:02 AM  
Blogger Susan in Italy said...

Hi Loulou, Happy sambaing.

Hiya ML, Did you have your muffuletta in New Orleans?

Hey Scott, Thanks for the chili advice. If you did get the baby, wouldn't you be responsible for having the next party?

Hi Jay, Thanks for stopping by! I think it's only us in Milan. In fact in a "suburb" called Monza, about 20 minutes away, they celebrate Carnival on Tuesday. Funny, huh?

Hi Maria, Carnival's the last day of "normal" life before the 40 days of Lent, where you're supposed to give up some things that you like to sort of purify yourself. I think Carnival and Lent are a lot like Ramadan and Eid-al-fitr, but in reverse.

9:17 AM  
Blogger Lotus Reads said...

Oooooh, yes, I was looking at some of the Carnival celebrations the world over on TV and it does appear everyone was having such a good time! I liked the one in Venice the best tho'. Can't wait for your "Fat Saturday" recipes, Susan,thanks in advance! How interesting that Milano celebrates lent a couple of days after everyone else does - I learn something new from you everytime I come here! :)

2:47 PM  
Anonymous scott said...

Yep, that's the deal. But I also get to be King of the Office for a day. so, privileges, too.

3:31 PM  
Blogger nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

There is nothing going on in L.A. :(

But I will be in Rome next week. Very excited.

4:57 PM  
Blogger hellomelissa said...

i have yet to celebrate mardi gras or carnivale! maybe someday...

7:32 PM  
Blogger swapna said...

Hi Susan
Happy Carnival..Enjoy the potluck.
By the way thanks for linking me.
Curd means Yogurt.

7:39 PM  
Blogger Asha said...

10 People!! Well..happy cooking!:))

1:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great time to be in Italy. I'd love to be there during the Carnival.
P.S. My blogger address has changed.

2:05 AM  
Blogger Susan in Italy said...

Hey Ragazza, Have a great time on your trip!

Hi Melissa, Well, all you have to do is cook up some gumbo and have people over, then you can have yourOWN Carnical! (I haven't gone to any Carnival hotspots either)

Hi Swapna, Thanks for the info!

Hi Asha, You could cook for 20 with one hand tied behind your back!

Hi Violette, some students here headed to Venice to celebrate. Here in Milan it's pretty quiet.

11:52 AM  
Blogger Cherry said...

Mmmm Muffuletta, Gumbo and King Cake!

I'm going to a late Mardi Gras party in a few weekends, and I'm very much looking forward to it. Maybe a little Gumbo this weekend is in order to tied me over.

5:49 PM  

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