Feeling a little down about the state of the world? Scary viruses, politics, and bizarre "who does that?" stories on the news make you want to stick your head in the sand and not come back up? If the seemingly never-ending apocalyptic news has you screaming in your head these days, don't worry - we are here to distract you.
For instance, did you know that not only can you come into the shop to discuss all things food, but we also are deeply opinionated on split infinitive and ending sentences with prepositions? I mean, seriously, we have our standards.
Also, we have had a weeks-long conversation regarding plant-based butter. Let's give the margarine industry a pat on the back for its clever rebranding, but two pats on our backs for not falling for it. Plant-based butter IS margarine, just with better marketing. Although prior to our wonderings, I must admit, I did not know that according to the Butter Act of 1886 (not a joke), it is illegal to call something that is not butter, butter. And now you know.
Did you know that butter plays a key role in the celebration of Mardi Gras? Fat Tuesday, also known as Shrove Tuesday and conspicuously absent from note on iCal, falls on the day before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. A celebratory day in which the rich and indulgent ingredients in your kitchen were used up to prepare for the more austere time of Lent. Think butter, cream, and sugar. There is a multitude of foods beyond the Cajun fair and pancake dinners linked to this time of year. Try making Fasnacht, a square potato-based donut in the German tradition or the Polish Paczki. Or our new favorite, Smoutebollen - the Belgian classic. Have we ever had one? Nope. But Smoutebollen translates in English as lard balls and if that doesn't make you giggle, well then, what will? Really. What will? We want to know.
a pile of Polish Paczki
You may have noticed due to your intense seasonal depression that it is still February, which means we at Goods for Cooks continue to celebrate the legacy of black Americans on our food culture. If donuts and pancakes are not your jam (who are you?), then feel free to use up all of that butter making a red velvet cake. While researching food celebrations we learned red food and drink is deeply rooted in the black community and commemorates the legacy of slavery.
If sweet things are not your thing, consider spending the weekend delving into all things Cajun. If you are feeling adventurous, there is always turtle soup or crawfish etouffee but one never regrets a good jambalaya.
Finally, in the grand tradition of pulling your head out of your. . . I mean out of the sand. We believe, as shown above, that food truly does connect us all. It is a thread through which we can not only find common ground but celebrate differences in our cultures. While we may want to bury ourselves in indulgent treats and the buttery rich spicey heat of the Cajun tradition there has to be balance otherwise we'd all succumb to clogged arteries and apathy. To effect change in our world feels like an insurmountable challenge, but perhaps you can start at your computer. Learn about issues, read about our food system, explore the cuisine of others, listen to uncomfortable truths, and most importantly, COOK. Invite people to your table, and talk.
See how we promised to distract you but got you thinking about obscure facts, history, religious celebrations, food culture, and politics anyway? We are sneaky like that, huh?
Have an amazing weekend,
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