Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Carnival(e)

Let it be 'meat allowed' then, like Emily wrote in her comment of my previous post. In my opinion this is logical because we eat so much fat food during these carnival days. But tomorrow it will surely be goodbye meat!
So, I am a clown today. I think that people should wear masks on a Shrove Tuesday. Not just eat lots of doughnuts. It is a pity that people are so boring. I mean my colleagues. So serious. Some are later sorry for not wearing a mask but it will be the same next year, I tell you. On Saturday I was in the center of Ljubljana, doing some shopping for one of my projects. I was there just in time of a Carnival procession. It was badly organized and some masks were freezing in that cold besides I read later in a newspaper, they were soaked to the skin because of the rain. I went home before everything was over. I forgot to take my camera with you. A pity. I could show you some typical Slovenian masks but you will have to look at their pictures here instead. I suppose we, the masks, chase the winter away really badly because every year just after Shrove Tuesday it starts snowing...
On Saturday I baked krhki flancati, a kind of a fat pastry. Still today my house smells of fat. I will have to let in some fresh air because the smell makes me really sick when I enter the living room. Later I sprinkled them with some caster sugar and gave some to each mask that knocked on my door (yeah, I still don't have a bell at my front door).
So, now we will hardly wait that those 40 days until Easter pass quickly and then celebrate again...

4 comments:

paperseed.wordpress.com said...

Is there any way I can talk you into sharing the recipe for krhki flancati with me? It looks fantastic. I'd love to try making some.

Hollabee said...

sounds like fun and the pastry looks yummie. I think I've had something like that once...can't remember where though...

Enjoy the celebrations!

13mimosa said...

I realised a while ago that, as Australians, we don't have many national traditions. The more I talk to you the more I realise how lacking we are in traditions of our own. I wonder if perhaps it's a religion thing - Australia not, to my mind, being a particularly religious country, not historically speaking anyway...

Pina said...

I am glad that you like the pastry. So, I will have to put a recipe beside my post the next year. :)

I think that Slovenians are also not that religious like e.g. Polish but we managed to keep such celebrations also during the hard socialist days (though Christmas and Easter were pursued and actually forbidden). All those holidays actually derive from pagan beliefs, Church only diverted them for their own purposes.