Sunday I made Emeril's recipe for Maple Ice Cream with Candied Walnuts and Nutty Chocolate Sauce. You start with a cup of maple syrup, reduce it, add cream and milk, whisk in some tempered eggs, a pinch of salt and vanilla, chill and then churn. The walnuts are candied in dark brown sugar. After the ice cream is set, fold in the walnuts, some chocolate chips, and shredded coconut. For the chocolate sauce, pour a half cup of heated heavy cream over 4 oz. of chopped semisweet chocolate, and add a teaspoon of Frangelico. Scoop ice cream into waffle cones and drizzle with nutty chocolate sauce. Serve at midnight. Or whenever.
That's the kind of debauchery that I get into on Mardi Gras. My diet starts tomorrow, right?
Pancake Day is another Fat Tuesday tradition I could get into. The custom of making pancakes on Fat Tuesday originated because it's a good way to use up dairy and eggs before Lent starts and fun (food) is banned. I went to the Lions Club Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, and did my part to eat the record-setting pancakes. I also brought my own condiments. They only supply you with squeeze bottle margarine and generic Aunt Jemima, and that just won't do when you're trying to pack away a short stack.