Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Yeah, Pancake Day!

Whether you call it Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, pancake day, or Sprengidagur (bursting day in Iceland), they all mean the same thing! You eat (and drink) a lot before you abstain from all (or some) of your vices during Lent.

In England pancakes have become the traditional food for "Shrove Tuesday" because they contain fat, butter, and eggs, all things forbidden during Lent. If they think the pancakes are bad, I wonder what they would think of my fillings?

In England it is traditional to use lemon juice and sugar on your pancakes. While my husband still enjoys this simple way to top his pancakes he has not turned down any alternate fillings.

Last year we had 3 courses of pancakes. This year we lightened it up a bit with only 2 courses. Our savory pancake was Greek inspired this year. It consisted of ground turkey with peppers, onions, garlic, oregano, balsamic vinegar, and lemon juice. I simmered everything until the ground turkey was cooked through then topped with feta cheese.

Our sweet pancakes never change much, and why should they? Nutella and strawberries are a winning combination any time! This year I added a bit of banana and instead of whipped cream from an aerosol can I mixed vanilla and confectioners sugar into some marscapone cheese...Heaven!

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