Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Pancake Day

So the tradition for the day before the start of Lent is called Pancake day. New Orleans has Mardi Gras, Rio De Janeiro has Carival, here they eat pancakes. Instead of trying to get all the sin out before starting Lent the tradition here is to get rid of all the food that can't be eaten during Lent and would spoil. (Apparently that just magically just happens to be the ingredients for pancakes.)
Now British pancakes are what I think of as a crepe. We had a gathering in the village hall and a few people including me had a try at flipping them in the pan. Sweet and savory toppings were presented (lots of different kinds of chocolate sprinkles, fruit, golden syrup - basically corn syrup but made from sugar, lemon juice, sugar, cheese, and ham) Of course by the end of the night people were mixing the ham and chocolate on their pancakes.

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