Sick of winter, and got a case of the blues?
Do what your pagan ancestors did thousands of years ago: celebrate Carnival to chase away winter and get ready for spring. Stage a Brazilian-style Samba party or a Dixie-Blues Fest in the fashion of New Orleans. Or dress up, dance, frolic and act funny, like the Germans do — all the way from Düsseldorf to Cologne to Mainz, to Freiburg to Munich — in the privacy of your own four walls.
The meaning of the word ‘Karneval’ (Latin: carnem levare) is to say, ‘good-bye to meat’ prior to the lean cuisine of Lent. Thus, the pre-Lenten days of Shrove Thursday, Rose Monday, Fat Tuesday, and Ash Wednesday defy all nutritional mandates of modern-day eating trends. Instead, they urge you to take that last bite of scrumptious meat and dig into the calorie-laden goodness of chocolate, cakes, and donuts.
Below are some recipes for authentic German dishes from the traditional Karneval strongholds. Invite your family and friends to come dressed in a fancy or funny costume. Put on disco, swing, schlager, hip-hop or hard rock. And dance the night away!