Besides the obvious Valentine’s holiday this weekend, many of us in the US have a long weekend due to the President’s Day holiday. For me, long weekends in the dead of winter are for sleeping in, making a leisurely breakfast at home, drinking several cups of coffee, and maybe/maybe not getting out of your pajamas. (Not)….
Today’s post is short and sweet with a quick and easy recipe for your Mardi Gras (or Valentine’s Day??) celebrations. Today being Lundi Gras, means tomorrow is Mardi Gras and that can only mean I’ve gone through another Carnival season using Facebook to live vicariously through my friends in New Orleans, check Nola.com for parade pics, and make as many king cakes as possible.
To ring in the last weekend of Carnival, I made a riff on the New Orleans Hurricane cocktail. And like the real thing, it certainly packs a punch. A traditional Hurricane is a passionfruit based drink, sometimes with other juices, and uses both light and dark rum, and garnished with an orange slice and cherry. There are many variations out there that use orange and pineapple juices as I did here, or in addition to passionfruit juice….
I first discovered the wonderful ritual that is brunch during my college years in New Orleans. Leisurely late morning meals (early afternoon, if we’re being honest) with friends. Brunches served with the best sweet and savory dishes that always made you think, “Why do they only have this on their brunch menu?!” When it comes to food, New Orleans will never let you down. And it sure won’t disappoint when it comes to having a cocktail….
March sure came in like a lion this weekend. Snow, sleet, frigid temps. A mountain lion would probably be more appropriate. The temperature read -6 this morning when we woke up and our old, drafty house is doing its best to keep the mountain lion on the outside. At least I got a snow day out of it.
This weather makes it hard to believe that Mardi Gras parades have been going strong all weekend long in New Orleans. I miss it. I wish I was down there right now, as I do every year at this time. Dance parties in the streets, food, drink, friends, music–what’s not to miss? (By the way, happy Lundi Gras, y’all!) So the next best thing has always been to have a king cake shipped from New Orleans and make a big pot of red beans and rice or jambalaya. Last year was my first Carnival season after having gone gluten-free, and my attempt at making a gluten-free king cake was a total, utter fail. It was such a failure that I couldn’t even bring myself to take a bite….