High-fat food is a must during Carnival
Although it is not exactly party of a healthy everyday diet, you can treat yourself to some high-fat food for Carnival. In the past, the supply of pork meat and sausages would be exhausted during Carnival time, i.e. the time between Candlemas and Shrove Tuesday. The period that followed was a period of fasting that extended all the way to Easter. Hunger was replaced by an abundance of food, which was particularly meat-based, baked and fried. Doughnuts are the most prominent representatives of deep-fried delicacies and you could hardly imagine Carnival without them. In recent years, less fat-saturated Carnival dishes have been introduced, including gluten-free and vegan dishes. However, true gourmets still stick to the rule that Carnival must be a feast of high-fat food.
Sweet Carnival treats
Deep-fried dough dishes are the most typical dishes on the Carnival menu. When you stroll through Slovenian towns during the Carnival week, you will certainly detect the unmistakable aroma of fresh doughnuts. This typical sweet made of yeast dough is a symbol of Carnival in Slovenia. Doughnuts were originally not filled with jam. Today, however, they are not only filled with jam but also come with a variety of other fillings. Doughnuts used to be fried in pork fat and nowadays they are fried in oil. In addition to doughnuts, you can also treat you to some other deep-fried delicacies, such as krhki and kvašeni flancati, bobi, miške and other local goodies of the season.
Let the scent of Carnival food also waft through your kitchen!
Fill your home with the Carnival scent! Try to make doughnuts yourself. If you find the recipe too complicated, you can opt for Plan B and fry up some miške. Your family will surely welcome both.
Using up winter supplies
When there were no refrigerators and freezers, all winter food supplies that were not smoked, salted or otherwise preserved had to be used before spring. The Carnival menu consequently includes pork meat and sausages (semi-perishable and non-perishable pork meat products) made in December, such as grilled sausages and blood sausages. They are prepared in a different way from region to region. They are usually served together with sauerkraut or pickled turnip. A variety of sausages were offered to masked persons that visited farms. Meat dishes during Carnival also include ham hock, bacon and pig's head.
Dishes were most often served with cracklings. Cracklings were also used as a filling for potica ocvirkovka (potica with cracklings, locally also called špehovka). It is best when eaten warm. It used to be one of the favourite Carnival delicacies. Houswives knew how not to waste any ingredient. For example, one of the dishes on the Carnival table was also godlja, a special type of soup made of broken blood sausages, and suha juha (dry soup) which was prepared from dried meat.
Carnival is followed by Lent
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent that last 40 days until Easter. During this time, there was no meat on the menu. The purpose of Lent was a type of ancient detoxification, i.e. purification of the body. If the Carnival menu included high-fat dishes, it was quite the opposite during Lent when the menu was dominated by vegetarian dishes, which were only seasoned with oil and butter. The Lent menu mainly included vegetable stews, dairy dishes, cabbage and bean dishes, žganci and other starchy dishes, gruel, potatoes and, in Istria, also codfish and polenta. Pretzels were served as a salty dessert. The most typical fasting dish is aleluja, which is made from dried and lightly smoked turnip peel.
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