Before meeting Michael and his family, the notion celebrating of Mardi Gras (and especially Fat Tuesday) never really crossed my mind. My family is deeply rooted in the Pacific Northwest and we’d never been to the south before… the furthest south we’d been was San Diego and that’s not quite the same thing!
But, Michael’s family loves and embraces the southern culture and traditions! Not because they’re from there (though he did go to college in Alabama and one of his sisters went to New Orleans) but I think because of the warm and kind people, the festive culture and the delicious food!
Normally, Michael’s mom has a Mardi Gras party on Fat Tuesday where she dishes up gumbo, cornbread and other southern delicacies. And, of course, for dessert is King Cake! Well, this year his family is traveling so there’s no Fat Tuesday party… but that doesn’t mean we have to skip on enjoying the festivities!
I’m not a great baker (hence the “amateur crafter” title), but am always up for a challenge and can follow instructions pretty well. So, when I came across a box King Cake at World Market I scooped it up.
King Cake is a yeast-bread cake and so can be tricky to make and I was definitely feeling intimidated when I read the instructions. But, step-by-step I did it and I think it didn’t turn out so bad! We shall see when Michael gets home and gives it a taste!
Happy Fat Tuesday! Here’s hoping neither of us gives up King Cake for Lent!