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Day 457: Shrove Tuesday

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Fasnacht Day... Mardi Gras... Fat Tuesday... Pancake Day. Call it what you will, it's THE signal to indulge.

I lived in Southcentral PA (think: Pennsylvania Dutch) where fasnachts ruled. Fried pieces of dough, really, is all they are. And am I ever glad there aren't any around here. Temptation ain't the half of it. They're certainly the best fried pieces of dough I ever had.

And beignets. There's the New Orleans version of fasnachts, which are beignets. Quite tasty.

My grandmother used to make real, honest-to-goodness from-scratch deep-fried-in-lard doughnuts. What I said about fasnachts being the best pieces of fried dough I ever had? I take it back: Gram's were better.

But I didn't come here to discuss doughnuts.

I came here to discuss pancakes.

Now, that's the English version - flipping pancakes is A Big Deal. They have traditional competitions - actual races - where people carry skillets and flip pancakes and so forth.

You may recall a couple years ago Princess Kate (yeh, I know, but it amuses me) was photographed flippin' pancakes:

In my (admittedly limited) experience, British pancakes - regardless of how they're presented - are thin, crepey things:

You'd think this would make them easier to flip, wouldn't you? That presupposes I have any real ability (pretensions) to being a "real" cook. They wrote a song about me, in fact.

I don't know how legible it will post, so consider it relates exactly what's happening in the following:

My philosophy is, there's a reason the utensil in the kitchen drawer is called a "pancake turner." What I really want is a vehicle for (a little butter) and LOTS OF MAPLE SYRUP.

Forget those crepey things.

If it ain't authentic maple syrup, it ain't worth it.

I'm going to send the following to Himself:

I may not be much good at making pancakes, but I'm a blue-ribbon winner when it comes to drenching 'em in maple syrup.

With or without pancakes, have a good 'un, Sparklers - carpe diem!

(Oh, honnnnnnnnnnnnney...?)
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    My broher got very popular when he introduced a "Flipping school" with diplomas for his grandchildren, my daughter won one too.... I hae tried to make "american pancakes" a couple of times but I don┬┤understand them fully, I am bred on the "crepe"-model, when we want it thicker we make it in the oven with pork or berries..."porkpancake" or "blueberrypancake"

    2943 days ago
    mmmmmm, I love a good fat fluffly pancake !!! Crepes well they just need to be rolled with something in them for me but now when you talk of fried dough, well let me tell you this. I once knew a woman who would buy that frozen bread dough loaf in the grocery store and let it thaw in a bowl over night with a towel over it so it would rise nicely. Then in the morning rip chunks off and fry it in oil in a pan not deep fried and then serve them on a plate with a BIG chunk of real butter on it and let it melt, I would tear it open and dip the warm bread in that melted butter and ohit was heavenly ....... I'm telling you I can taste it as I write this. They was absolutely deliciious !!!!! I would not turn away a beignet covered in thick powdered sugar either on Fat Tuesday.

    Since I had none of either I will just wish you a Happy Tuesday before Lent however you honor it.
    2944 days ago
  • SCOOTER4263
    I do appreciate you calling it Shrove Tuesday - it's my old-fashioned upbringing (which included plenty of fasnachts.) Didn't know about the pancakes, though. I fear I would be no better at tossing them than I am at tossing pie dough - dismal.
    2944 days ago
    Pancake day? I never knew. I love banana pancakes but that's it. I don't eat them a lot but when I do they fill me up so fast! Great pictures and blog. Enjoy the day!!
    2944 days ago
    Thank you for the photo-essay on the essence of the pancake. You've got some great pictures! As for the pancake in the USA, it's morphed into something grotesque and hideous in most places. Making them at home or going to a very high-tone eatery is the best strategy. My strategy is to pretend that I am not acquainted with such a high-carb, high-fat piece o'goodness except via your scholarly exegesis.

    Bon temps....
    2944 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    2944 days ago
    I am now educated. Funny, I never associated pancakes with Mardi Gras / Shrove Tuesday before... guess between you and my Canadian Spark buds, I am learning new things even now!

    Hope it is a good day for all... pancakes or none! emoticon
    2944 days ago
    Now, I'm hungry for pancakes...and some fried dough, too! emoticon
    2944 days ago
    You are bad---now I want pancakes!
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