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Carnival foods:Mardi Grass, New Orleans, USA

                Carnivals are celebration of life, within the society of a particular place or group of people. In fact most of the carnivals are annual or seasonal in nature, but has the year long effect on culture, art, economy and sociology. And, religion, tradition, spirituality, cultural root and humanity play a major role behind the carnivals. But one thing that we often neglect to give focus, is – food. Rather to say, Carnival foods.

                Foods, as well as beverages are an integral part of life; no doubt, it will be more than filler in any carnival. Let us have some appetizing view of Carnival Foods.

See previous article on Rio Carnival HERE.

See previous article on Notting Hill Carnival HERE.

 

Mardi Grass, New Orleans, USA

                Mardi Grass is a festival before Lanten season (Springtime), which means “Fat Tuesday” in French. In Ireland, Australia, Canada and Britain, it is known as “Pancake Tuesday”. As a traditional thin pancake sprinkled with castor sugar, dash of fresh lemon juice or drizzled Golden Syrup are Served in Festival. In Canada, objects liked Rings, Coins,  timbles, thread and other objects are added and hidden in baked pancake. Their tradition associate each with a meaning like, finder of the ring will get married soon, Finder of thread will be a tailor and the lucky one to get coins, will be rich. Other most sought foods are –

1.       King Cake – A must in celebration, which represents three kings, namely – Justice (Purple colour), Faith ( Green colour) and Power ( Gold colour) in forms of bright, glazed coloured sugars sprinkled on top of cinnamon flavoured ring cake.

2.       Dirty Rice – traditional dish made from white rice which gets a ‘dirty’ look, as cooked with chicken liver, giblets, green bell peppers, celery & onion. Garnished with parsley.

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3.       Funnel Cake – an interesting regional carnival food, made by thin cake batter into hot oil in a circular pattern, deep fried till golden brown. The batter is poured through a funnel, so it’s named.

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4.       Gumbo – though an all time thick soup made from shellfish and thickened with okra. It gets popularity with lots of variations during Mardi Gras Carnival.

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5.       Mardi Gras would be empty with out “The Hurricane”. Its a fruity rum cocktail which must be served on the rocks, in a glass, shaped like a hurican lamp. Its started by a bar The Pat O’Brien, which is printed on the glass. The glass acts a souvenir in carnival.

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Carnival foods: Notting Hill Carnival, London

                Carnivals are celebration of life, within the society of a particular place or group of people. In fact most of the carnivals are annual or seasonal in nature, but has the year long effect on culture, art, economy and sociology. And, religion, tradition, spirituality, cultural root and humanity play a major role behind the carnivals. But one thing that we often neglect to give focus, is – food. Rather to say, Carnival foods.

                Foods, as well as beverages are an integral part of life; no doubt, it will be more than filler in any carnival. Let us have some appetizing view of Carnival Foods.

 See previous article on Rio Carnival HERE.

Notting Hill Carnival, London

                 Notting Hill Carnival takes place in August, at London, UK, where around a million people gathers, making it one of the largest street festivals, and a significant event in British Culture. Notting Hill Carnival is about Caribbean Cuisine, most of which are boomed at local clubs and pubs. But fast food stalls are also popular. Notting Hill Carnival is all about Sound Systems, Reggae, mass troop dancing and Coconut Shell Cocktails. Among the rest, popular are –

1.       Jerk wraps – wrapped chicken, pork, goat, fish or even vegetables are popular. Jerk meats and BBQ are also found as accompanied by rice and beans.

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2.       Curry Goat – popular party dish, goat meat slowly cooked in Indian flavours, mildly spiced. Some vendors add their own style of sauce for variations.

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3.       Fried Plantain – sliced plantains, deep fried in batter, which resembles fritters. These are sold either solo, as snacks, or as accompaniments.

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4.       Jamaican Street Corn, also known as Caribbean style corn-on-the-cob – corns are grilled with jerk sauce, spices inside the husks, which are removed after grilling is over. They are finished with mayonnaise, seasonings and chopped coconut. It’s sure to please the taste of one!!

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5.       Among the beverages Rum, Tender Coconut Water and Guinness punch takes the lead. To make the punch, it is combined with whipped condensed milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, whipped in Irish dry stout – “Guinness”.

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All these and much more, even foods of other cuisine is also being predominant, as we can see in this video …

“Its not Food Carnival, Its Carnival Food!!”

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Carnival foods: Rio Carnival, Brazil

                Carnivals are celebration of life, within the society of a particular place or group of people. In fact most of the carnivals are annual or seasonal in nature, but has the year long effect on culture, art, economy and sociology. And, religion, tradition, spirituality, cultural root and humanity play a major role behind the carnivals. But one thing that we often neglect to give focus, is – food. Rather to say, Carnival foods.

                Foods, as well as beverages are an integral part of life; no doubt, it will be more than filler in any carnival. Let us have some appetizing view of Carnival Foods.

Rio Carnival, Brazil

                Starting with the mother of all carnivals – Rio Carnival, Brazil. During Rio Carnival pastries, muffins, pies are found in a variety of shapes and fillings. Those can be either salty or sweet or extra-spicy; and can go on from fruits to fish, beef etc. Variety of grilled meats and sausages are found in abundance. But over all, three foods take the leads –

1.       Pao de queijo – it’s a small, baked cheese bun made from tapioca flour (cassava Starch) and cheese “Queijo Minas”.  It has a very cheesy-soft texture with a thin crisp crust.

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2.       Acaraje’ – it’s a labour some preparation mainly with black eyed peas and shrimp. It’s a delicious Brazilian festival food described as Shrimp Fritters.

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3.       Feijoada – usually served with rice and assorted sausage, it may termed as black bean and meat stews. Salted pork, pork trimmings, bacons, smoked beef sausages, jerky beef are stewed for hours with added vegetables.

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4.       Not to miss the famous cocktail – Caipirinha; made with cachaҫa, sugar cane and lime, on the rocks.  In carnival, a large amount is made and then served to individuals.

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