Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Let's party for the carnival!

My children love carnival. For a whole week I have Batman, Cinderella and Winnie the Pooh running around in my house! So cute! They get to eat crêpes and beignets….and we make tons of crafts together.  I’ve gathered a few things to do around this holiday for the kids. And something for us busy moms as well to help us cope with the sugar high!!!

Fun things to do with your kids:

Easy to do Masks:
Take a paper plate and make 2 small holes for the eyes. Make another two little holes on the side, to attach a string. It’s ready to let your kid’s imagination do the job.
Ideas: you can paint it any color (paint it in yellow to make a sun), you con put stickers, you can add feathers, you can glue beads, anything can work…As long as they have fun! You can do a pig, paint it in pink, add small ears, a round nose and it is done…

Or here are other ideas:

                   1 cup all-purpose flour
                   2 eggs
                   1/2 cup milk
                   1/2 cup water
                   1/4 teaspoon salt
                        2 tablespoons butter, melted
Preparation: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and the eggs. Gradually add in the milk and water, stirring to combine. Add the salt and butter; beat until smooth.Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each crepe. Tilt the pan with a circular motion so that the batter coats the surface evenly.
Cook the crepe for about 2 minutes, until the bottom is light brown. Loosen with a spatula, turn and cook the other side. Serve hot.

Fun carnival things for adults:

There is no reason why only kids should have fun…So Iv’e gathered a few things from where all the famous carnival take place and I’m sharing them with you. Let me know what you think of my selection!!!

Caïpirinha, from Rio:
·      1lime
·      2 tablespoons of (white) sugar
·      1 dose de cachaça           
·      1 shot of sugar cane spirits
·      4 ice cubes
Preparation: Wash the lime and cut it.. Put the lime in a glass. Add two tablespoons of sugar. Crush the lime with the sugar well. Add a shot of sugar cane spirits and the cahaça. Add four ice cubes.
If you don’t find the cahaça, you can always add traditional rhum.

Bellini, from Venice:
·      10.0 cl (2/3) dry sparkling wine
·      5.0 cl (1/3)) fresh peach purée
Preparation: Pour peach puree into chilled flute, add gently sparkling wine. Stir gently.
Traditionally a Bellini uses Prosecco for the wine and white peaches for the fruit.

Sazerac, from New Orleans:
       3 oz rye whiskey
       3/4 oz simple syrup
       Peychaud bitters to taste
       absinthe or absinthe substitute
       lemon twist for garnish
Preparation : Chill an old-fashioned glass by filling it with ice and letting it sit while preparing the rest of the drink. In a separate mixing glass, muddle the simple syrup and Peychaud bitters together. Add the rye whiskey and ice to the bitters mixture and stir. Discard the ice in the chilled glass and rinse it with absinthe (or substitute) by pouring a small amount into the glass, swirling it around and discarding the liquid. Strain the whiskey mixture from the mixing glass into the old fashioned glass. Garnish with a lemon twist. Traditionalists will say that the lemon twist should be squeezed over the drink to release its essences but that the twist should not be dropped into the glass itself.

For those who ant try have a taste of Belgium (because we also have a famous carnival in Binges…) there is always beer….
For those who want a taste of Provence for the Nice carnival, well a Pastis will just do it.

I’m a big fan of the the Bellini and Caïpirinha, but I’ve never tried the Sazerac….Not so sure about the absinthe….seems a bit strong…So drink with moderation!

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