Your favourite recipes this week:

Fat Thursday, Donut's day -> Tłusty czwartek...

In Poland, pączki are eaten on Fat Thursday (the last Thursday before Lent). Many Polish Americans celebrate Pączki Day on Fat Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday, which in Ireland is known as Pancake Tuesday). Traditionally, the reason for making pączki was to use up all the lard, sugar, eggs and fruit in the house, because they were simply forbidden to be consumed due to Catholic fasting practices during Lent. In Poland the most popular filling for doughnuts would be rose marmalade, but my all time favorite is... cherry jam :) or just plain doughnut with some sweet, sticky icing on top!

Some people will hold contests as to who will eat the biggest amount of doughnuts today... I've never eaten more than 5 on this day - which is still a big number for me! ;) 

"Fat Thursday (German Fetter Donnerstag, Schmotziger Donnerstag, or in areas where carnival is celebrated Weiberfastnacht, Polish Tłusty czwartek) is a traditional Polish and German feast marking the last Thursday before Lent and is associated with the celebration of Carnival. Because Lent is a time of fasting, the next opportunity to feast would not be until Easter. It is similar to, but should not be confused with, the French festival of Mardi Gras ("Fat Tuesday"). Traditionally it is a day dedicated to eating, when people meet in their homes or cafés with their friends and relatives and eat large quantities of sweets, cakes and other meals forbidden during Lent. Among the most popular all-national dishes served on that day are pączki or berliner, fist-sized donuts filled with rose marmalade and faworki, French dough fingers served with lots of powdered sugar." - by