February 5, 2008

WWC / Fat Tuesday

Listen up, Y'all! It's Tuesday and that means I'm fixin' ta post the Weekly Words Challenge pictures for Y'alls viewing pleasure. Of course, by Jiminy Cricket! it is the sweet and lovely Tink of Pickled Beef who brung us the words for us to play with this week. The two words she picked on this special week were BROAD and NARROW.

Soon enough, you're eyes will have the pleasure of feasting upon my contribution for this entertaining weekly event, but I wanted to tell you about a Swedish tradition a little before we get to the pictures.

Today is traditionally "Fat Tuesday" over here. "Fat Tuesday" is the last day before the Christian fasting period begins, and on that day (back in ancient times) people would eat like crazy in order to make it through the fast. As far as I know - this is not celebrated at all in the United States, but I found something out that I didn't previously know as I checked out some facts on the internet, so I could write about this for all of you.

"Fat Tuesday" = Mardi Gras!

Yeah, I was surprised to find that in french this day is called Mardi Gras, and the festivities in New Orleans, and other places, each year are in fact named after this particular day. Interesting little tidbit right there, huh?

While the whole religious theme of this day is no more, we still enjoy the traditional "Semla", and below I have posted a picture of the particular one I am going to have the pleasure of eating tonight (I quickly arranged the picture, and I've got two of those beauties waiting for me in the refrigerator).

Traditionally, today was the ONLY day one could buy one of these, but nowadays you can buy them through most of January and well into March... but that's it. So it's always special when you find these in the coffee shops and at the grocery store!

This is how wikipedia describes this typical Swedish pastry:

Today, the semla consists of a cardamom-spiced wheat bun which has its top cut off and insides scooped out and is then filled with a mix of the scooped-out bread crumbs, milk and almond paste, topped with whipped cream. The cut-off top is then put back as a lid and dusted with icing sugar.

So, now that I've got your mouths watering - lets take a look at the pictures for this weeks WWC!

My TV has a BROAD width


A BROAD river divides the town I live in


Another shot of that BROAD river


My monitor is a NARROW flat screen


A NARROW stream that runs close by my home


Another shot of that NARROW stream


So, there Y'all have it! That's my contribution for this weeks WWC. Hope it was as satisfactory as the "Semla" I am about to eat is going to be.

Next week we are going to play with the words MOTION and SUSPEND. So grab that camera of yours and get busy snapping pictures!

Later, dudes!


Jay said...

That sammich looks pretty tasty.

Great pictures. You live in a very scenic area.

Leighann said...

You do live in a very scenic area, beautiful photos!

Casdok said...

Loved your narrow pics!

Anonymous said...

No pics to provide here, but I can tell you that my shoes are too NARROW for my BROAD feet today!


Tequila Mockingbird said...

hmm i expected pics of broads. i mean, your pics are cool too, but it's not pics of broads.

Update: i have finally sobered up from last night's drinking. i may actually turn today's workday into a productive one.

R.E.H. said...

Jay: Wait 'til you get to try one of them tasty beauties. ;)

Leighann: Thanks. I don't think of it as scenic myself (but, I guess no one thinks of their own surroundings as beautiful very often... we just get used to it).

Casdok: Thanks. Yeah, I like that stream. It's beautiful during the summer time, actually.

Pookie Sixx: Ha! That's funny - too bad you don't have a picture to go with that comment ;)

Tequila Mockingbird: Yeah, I wanted to get a few pictures of broads for this one, but no one would pose for it! Dumb bitches! ;)

Productive days at work? What's that?

liv said...

Jeepers! It looks cold where you are!

Jay said...

I wish every day was fat day.

Anonymous said...

Aw I was hoping to find some pictures of some broad and narrow-minded politicians, since it's also SUPER TUESDAY (otherwise known as election primaries day)! But, I guess the pictures have to be your OWN don't they. Ah well.


Dana said...

Oh yes! We know how to celebrate Fat Tuesday!

Oh, and here in Chicago where there is a HUGE Polish population, today is the day you can find (and eat lots of) paczkis (pronounced poonchkies). They are very much like your Semla, only they are available with fruit filings as well.

Leighann said...

I wanna eat a poonchkie *giggle*

Sparkling Red said...

Mmm... cardamom... almond paste... Why have I never seen these things for sale in Toronto? I was just bragging about how multicultural this city is. Sadly, I have never seen a Semla here.

Farmer*swife said...

Finally, someone who speaks my language. I was beginning to feel like an "outsider" here.

Anyhow, great pics. Y'all have great scenery. Wait till summer when the cotton and grain comes up -- I'll have some nicer pics then.

I will say, that most of us down the "Tejas" way are partially bi-lingual, at least. Adios Senors y Senoritas. Megusto un margarita. [I don't know HTML for the squiggly over the "n"]

Karen said...

We celebrate Fat Tuesday here. In fact, there is a chain of bars called "Fat Tuesday's"
found in the US and Mexico with a Mardi Gras theme (and delicious frozen drinks). Fat Tuesday is the last day of debauchery before Lent starts tomorrow - in the Catholic tradition.

Anyway, great pictures. I want some of that Selma. Yummy.

R.E.H. said...

Liv: Believe me... it is cold ;)

Jay: Welcome! Now there's TWO Jays ;)

I'm kinda happy every day isn't a fat day though... Imagine how excessively obese we'd all be ;)

Emmeline: Narrow-minded politicians... hell, yeah - I liked that idea. Why didn't I think of that?

Dana: Never heard of poonchkies... but it sure does sound yummy ;) Guess this whole "Fat Tuesday" thing is quite global among the Christian community.

Leighann: So do I! *giggle*

Tink said...

I'm still cracking up at this post introduction. Why REH, you'd fit right in down here! ;)

I've never heard of Semla before, but it looks yummy! It reminds me of the pastries my Italian family would make for Christmas. I used to steal the almond paste out of the bowl while no one was looking.

Great job on the pictures! I really like the narrow, winding stream. Although the snow.... Burrr. Did I mention that it was 80 degrees here yesterday? No?

R.E.H. said...

Sparkling Red: Well, if ever you come across a place that sell'em - be sure to try one out!

Farmer's Wife The southern "drivel" at the beginning was to honor Tink, after she made a post about it the other day. I'm guessing that's what you're referring to, because if it's the spanish thing - you lost me. I barely speak a word of spanish ;)

Karen: Yeah, I've come to realize this over the last few hours... which is funny, because NEVER in my entire life have I heard of Fat Tuesday in the United States... not once! In fact, I thought I just made up the term as it's a direct word-by-word translation from Swedish. The Mardi Gras (of course) I know of... never heard the term Fat Tuesday.

You live and you learn ;)

R.E.H. said...

Tink: Well, remember I used to live down there in beautiful Florida myself. I've picked a thing or two up from them rednecks ;)

I hate it when they go cheap on the almond paste! I want lots of that stuff on there!

80 degrees? D'ya want me to come on down there and smack you upside down the head, or wha´? ;)

Tequila Mockingbird said...

sounds like you dont know the right broads. maybe my harem is just a bunch of camera whores.

Dianne said...

Love your pics, epsecially the stream.

I just got home and threw on my coach potatoe clothes (truly a disturbing sight) but now I feel the need to get dressed again and go out in search of pastry.

I really could smack you for that :)

Dianne said...

PS - what the f is a "coach potatoe"! clearly I meant couch (or did I?)

the thought of pastry is creating a seizure.

Jen said...

I've never even heard of a Semla before, but for some reason I am craving one. And, almond paste. Wonder why?

Jo said...

Boy does it look cold where you are...ha ha sucka! Love the pics of the little brown stream.

Your "Selma" reminds me French "beignets", they're fried doughnuts w/o the hole, so yummy.

In honor of Fat Tuesday I guess I have to flash my hoots at hub...oh wait, I do that every day LOL

Lakota Princess said...

1. whew... you didn't post a picture of me up and say "this is a broad"... now i don't have to hurt you. ~big relief~
2. what do i have to do to get you to send me a Semla? No really. Like I could kill someone for one of those dude. Almond paste and whipped creamy goodness. I feel swooney. :P

R.E.H. said...

Tequila Mockingbird: See. That's the thing. I don't even have a harem. Me needs me a harem!!!

Dianne: Yeah, I just finished eating one of them Semla's. Boy, was that thing tastee!

Coach potato... LOL ;)

Jen: Could the reason possibly be because I posted that pic of that yummy semla? hehe... Almond paste is delicious!

Jo: Yeah, keep reminding me of the cold y'all! ;)

Beignets? Are those the kind with apple sauce in the middle?

And... you could always flash your hoots at me for a change - if you don't mind ;)

R.E.H. said...

Lakota Princess: Well, there are quite a few things I could think of which would earn you a Semla ;)

Beautifully Profound said...

I still can't get over the Sweden thing. Seriously where the eff did I come up with New Jersey or Long Island what ever it was? I LOVE THINGS FLAVORED WITH CARDAMOM. My roommates hubby is Afghani and they call it ale and put it in teas and breads, stuff of that sort. Love the flavor. Anyway, happy gluttonous Tuesday.

Farmer*swife said...

R.E.H.: English is my first language, of course. But, where I'm from, Spanish is a [an almost] required second. At least as "TexMex."

And, you know how it goes....the more you drink, the better you speak it. (Or, is that just down here?)

And, as I also say, "Yo comprendo que me hablo mucho, pero...me comprendo que me eschuchar poquito."

Roughly Meaning: I know a lot of what I am saying but I don't understand a lot of what I hear.

OK, no more Spanish.

Karen: Thanks for reminding me tomorrow is Ash Wed.

Jay Cam said...

narrow stream and broad river? lol that's original!

over here its "super tuesday"! is there a difference?

Melissa said...

Mmm, Fat Tuesday. We had paczkis at the office today, and though I don't normally have a sweet tooth so early in the morning, I snagged one before they all disappeared. Delicious.

tt said...

Great pics! More glimpses into your life there I see. :)So, pretty there too.
My 'Bear' has described Semla before but I just couldn't picture it. thanks for that...now I'll crave it for sure..
Super Tuesday here...do you keep up with the election stuff there?

Jahooni said...

Okay, I need to pay waaaaayyy more attention to your blog. 100 already? congrats!
And you give awards? I am so in.
You have games. That is me.
Okay now I become stalker.. ;-)

Anonymous said...

Wow, I too put up pics relating to water bodies! They seem so broad :)

Leighann said...

Okay I came back today to see what next weeks words were going to be and boy is my mind right in the GUTTER!!

Guilty Secret said...

We call it Shrove Tuesday or, more commonly, Pancake Day! But yesterday I didn't have any pancakes, which is kind of sad. But, seeing as I am free from the confines of religion now I am an adult, I can forget the fact it's lent and have pancakes this weekend to make up for it. Woohoo!

R.E.H. said...

Beautifully Profound: Yeah, I don't know where you got that whole New Jersey thing. I grew up in Connecticut though... so the east coast may have been mentioned (though I can't recall when I might have done so).

Cardamom Rocks!

Farmer's Wife: I remember when I used to live down in Florida, it would surely have helped a lot if I knew some spanish. Never got around to learning it though.

Jay Cam: I know! I'm sooo original ;)

Super Tuesday... put them together and you get Super Fat Tuesday!

Melissa: Now, you're the second person to mention Paczkis (or poonchkies), and I have no idea what they are. I will now have to set out on a mission to find me one of those and have a taste.

TT: There's a little coverage of the election over here, but mostly they just speak of polling and voting results - not much on the debate as such. I look around on the internet a little to keep myself somewhat up to date - but, I've pretty much made up my mind anyway ;)

Now, if only I can figure out HOW to vote from over here. I know there is some foreign based voting, but I guess I'll have to get in touch with the embassy to find out more.

R.E.H. said...

Jahooni: Good. Now I have another name to add to the list I will hand over to the authorities ;)

Joel: So we use BROAD water pics... does that make us NARROW minded? ;)

Leighann: A penny for your thoughts ;)

Guilty Secret: Yeah, I saw that when I looked up some info on the web - that you brits call it Pancake Day.

Pancakes are yummy! ;)

Leighann said...

A penny?? I may be easy but I am NOT cheap! ;)

Aunt Jackie said...

Wow, thank you for popping by I nearly missed out on yours too!!! I'm so sorry! Just had so much on my mind lately. :(

Anyways, I really enjoyed your letting us in on the lesson about Fat Tuesday, and also the pastry! Looks yummy.

Great selection of photos!

Lightning Bug's Butt said...

I want 6 of those pastries!

R.E.H. said...

Leighann: Oh, sorry. My mistake ;)

Aunt Jackie: I forgive you. Just don't let it happen again, ok? ;)

Lightning Bug's Butt: Only six? Why not more? They're tasteeee! ;)

Jill said...

When you are bringing me that soup, bring me one of those cake!! I want some cake, and there is none here, and no bakery near!
And while you are coming here, I'm going to steal your screen!

R.E.H. said...

Jill: So, you expect me to bring you some pastry, and in the meantime you are going to steal my monitor?

No fair! ;)

Jill said...

If I say that you are going to be rewarded for the first part, do you feel better?;)

R.E.H. said...

Jill: That reward had better be a good one!

Jill said...

Come on, the oportunity of meeting, wouldn't that be enough?
And we are not talking about the extra!

R.E.H. said...

Jill: See, it's the "extra" that I'm interested in ;)

Jill said...

You wouldn't be proud of meeting me just for my brain?

R.E.H. said...

Jill: Uhm... your brain is the "extra", right? What did you think I meant?

Jill said...