Holy Krapfen: Carnival Specialties Around The World.
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Greece – “Tsiknopempti is the most celebrated culinary tradition of the Carnival season in Greece. Literally meaning “Smoked Thursday”, this is a feast day when great amounts of meat are consumed, mostly grilled over charcoal. Then, the following week, the first Monday of Lent is Kathara Deftera (Clean Monday) featuring a traditional meal, usually set outdoors with family and friends. On this day, Greeks enjoy much lighter foods like lagana bread, seafood, bean stew, olives, pickles and of course taramosalata, a popular dip made with cod roe, bread, EVOO, onion and lemon juice. The meal always ends with tahini-based halva for dessert, and then flying kites with the children.” – Mirella Kaloglou and Panos Diotis of littlecookingtips.com [Photo courtesy littlecookingtips.com]