Most people in UK will be eating pancakes, it being Pancake Day ‘n all. And you’re either a purist lemon and sugar person like me or a barbarian who puts things like Nutella, maple syrup or fresh fruit on them.
Over here in Sweden, the baked good of choice on Fettisdagen is the semla – a powder-capped mountain of carbs and calories that’ll leave you looking like you forgot where your mouth was, as well as your gym. These cardamom-spiced buns may look all fluffy and innocent but sink your teeth into one and you’ll discover a massive splodge of almond paste that’ll ruin your make-up and your plans for a beach body.
Speaking of fat… Not everyone knows that Mardi Gras, America’s version of this festivity, is actually French for Fat Tuesday. Which also happens to be what Sweden’s Fettisdagen means. Historically, you see, people would gorge on rich, fatty food before fasting for lent. Nowadays though, we just use it as a perfectly legitimate excuse for going a bit bonkers in the bakery.
And here’s the funny thing. Despite America’s penchant for baked goods and pancakes, over the pond they actually celebrate the day a little differently. Anyone who’s ever heard of Mardi Gras or been in the US around this time will know it’s all about securing as many bead necklaces as possible (usually achieved by flirting with passing parade floats and getting them to throw you bucketloads of swag.)
But wherever you are and whatever you’re doing this Tuesday, just remember what day it is on Wednesday.
No-one wants to wake up next to a hot mess on Valentine’s Day!