Monday, February 23, 2009

Fat Tuesday

We have a very large population of people with Polish ancestry in our area. Many of them live in Hamtramck, a small city within the borders of Detroit. Because of them, we have been able to enjoy lots of wonderful Polish traditions. Ash Wednesday is this week, which of course is the start of Lent, and tradition being what it is, the Poles brought the celebration of Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras), the day before Ash Wednesday, with them and we here in the Detroit area have embraced this day with a vengeance.

We splurge on Packzi!

Paczki, pronounced (PUNCH-key) plural or Paczek (PUN-check) singular, is a large filled pastry that resembles a donut. Paczki are deep fried and filled with everything from lemon, raspberry jelly, strawberry jelly, apples to cream or custard. They can be covered with powdered sugar, glazed or plain. You can pick them up anywhere, and I mean anywhere. Bakeries of course are the best place to get them, but you can also find them at grocery stores, convenience stores, drug stores, even gas stations. Unless you go into a bakery where you can purchase just one (I don't think I know anyone who has gotten just one!) you end up buying a box of six or more and you know what that means...you have to eat all of them before midnight Ash Wednesday! With each Paczek having between 420 and 600 calories each, no wonder it is called FAT TUESDAY!!

After the gluttony of Fat Tuesday, we tend to refocus on the sacrifice Jesus made for us. This is a time of reflection for me. Talking with my brother Phil this morning, you can read his blog here, he made the suggestion of doing something for the Lord, instead of giving something up. I like the idea of both. I need to get my thoughts, actions and words off myself and onto what God wants and to rededicate myself to His way of thinking. To live and love like Jesus.

In the meantime, I am going out tomorrow morning and buying three paczki for the three of us to celebrate. Hmmmm...I just may have to get a box and that means six...

7 comments:

Letters From Midlife said...

We have a lot of Polish influence in our area too so I'm very aware of these tasty treats although I will avoid them since they don't help my blood sugar or my diet! lol

Phil+ said...

Eat one for me.... I miss those buggers!

Phil+ said...

Found them here in Arvada, a polish bakery right around the corner from me! Yahoo!

Gina said...

Yahoo for you!!!

Joyce said...

Oh my...probably best I cannot get my hands on these! The one pictured with the lemon filling looks delicious!

Today in England is known as Pancake Tuesday (Shrove Tuesday but everyone here calls it Pancake Tuesday). Pancakes are typically eaten today because they contain butter, eggs, and fat which I understand at one time were forbidden during Lent.

Most resturants here will have pancakes on their menus today. Pancakes are on the dessert menu in England, not typically a breakfast food here.

Enjoy your Polish treat!

Phil+ said...

They were filled with apple butter! YUMMY!

Kim... and Her Coffee said...

Ohhhh, those look SOOOO good. YUM~ Wish we could all sit down together with a few boxes and a pot of coffee!!!

On a serious note: I love how you talk about the time of Lent and getting the focus off us and on Him. So true.