Today is Shrove Tuesday
a/k/a/ Mardi Gras
and is also, also known as
That would be today, day before Ash Wednesday, which is the day when Lent begins. Today is the day to traditionally chow down before the fasting begins. Chow down on pancakes.
Eric Carle walks you through everything you need to do to make pancakes in this gem. First, harvest the grain…..
As it happened, the box I was unpacking while waiting for the Blizzard (I’m sure it has a name, but we are NOT on speaking terms, raging storm and I) was the pile of magazines that was beside my reading chair the night before the fire in my old place. Since it was a Friday night, and the recycling was due on the curb first thing Tuesday morning, I was going through my April issues, earmarking, ripping out, passing on…..It’s a little spooky to find a magazine folded back to a page you left it on months earlier, let me tell you.
But FoodNetwork Magazine April 2015 issue was a special BREAKFAST issue
So, of coarse, there’s a pancake story.
Pancakes, Your Way
click the links
THIN AND LACY
17th century English Hunger is following Jack of Lent, riding a fish, following Shrove Tuesday who has a pancake pan, and possibly some weight issues….
Pancake Tuesday was last Tuesday, but I didn’t want to wait another. Pancake Tuesday is also known as Shrove Tuesday in England, but thanks to New Orleans many of us know it as
and even though it was last Tuesday and not today, pancakes are still good. Another Kathleen told me that Rosa Parks had a pancake recipe in her papers, one for peanut butter pancakes no less. Check it out.
Notice the gloved hand of the curator going through the Rosa Parks paper.
Notice also that the pancake recipe is on the back of an envelope. I’ve done that, too.
Rosa Parks in 1950.
Close up of the recipe…..
Making some peanut butter pancakes last Tuesday…..all part of the pilgrim training. There were also Gervase Markham’s 1617 pancakes and Amelia Simmons 1796 slapjacks
1 cup flour
2 tablespoons baking powder
½ teaspoon table salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/4 cup milk
1/3 cup peanut butter
1 tablespoon shortening, melted, or oil
Combine with dry ingredients
Cook at 275 degrees F on griddle
This is the batter – and I forgot baking powder – but they were still really, really GOOD.
It’s a good day to make pancakes – is there a bad day to make pancakes?
Pancake Woman by Rembrandt
Pancakes on Shrove Tuesday have been a tradition for quite a while.
Flipping pancake in Olney England
Pancake Day Race 2009
However you celebrate, Enjoy your Fat Tuesday!