Flores de Carnaval

Around February every year Lugo (Galicia, The green bit of Spain) dresses up to celebrate carnival.

Days of parties, competitions and becoming whoever you want to be or love to hate being.

My grandmothers 92 and 81 years old and their friends do not give up this party for anything in the world.

They cook traditional dishes, have parties and afternoon teas and are out and about in wacky costumes of the themes they choose each year.

Last year they were fisherwomen with flat baskets full of plastic or handmade fish on their heads, not many years ago my younger grandmother, when she was still in her 70s, spent a whole day being pushed around in an old pram dressed as a baby! She needed time to be able to walk again at the end of the day but anything for a good costume!

One of the traditional recipes in Galicia for carnival are these flowers. My grandmother made a power point last year so that her 27 grandchildren and 20 great grandcildren could carry on making the carnival flowers in years to come.

Espero os guste, y que os animáis ha hacerlas, es muy fácil y son riquisimas.(Hope you like the video…would you dare to make them?…Do let us know how did it go)


  1. Ay qué ricas las flores. Mi abuela hacía flores y orejas todos los años. Menuda morriña de esos sabores me acabais de dar hoy, miércoles de ceniza. De las filloas se encargaba mi padre.

    In English: These flowers are so delicious. My grandma made these flowers and that other fantastically traditional dessert known as orejas (ears) for Carnival every year. Today, Ash Wednesday, you have made me long for these flavours. My father was in charge of pancakes or, as we call them in Galicia, filloas.

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