Mardi Gras: Fat Tuesday. Somehow it sounds better in French. Traditionally it was when you ate all the rich foods left in your pantry before Lent’s 40 days of penitential fasting.
According to Wikipedia popular practices on Mardi Gras include “wearing masks and costumes, overturning social conventions, dancing, sports competitions, parades, debauchery, etc.”
I quite like the sound of the debauchery Continue reading
Chechen fighters in Grosny, winter 1994/95
It’s Pancake Day next Tuesday and the perfect excuse to whip up a quick batter.
I love pancakes. Last year we ate crepes stuffed and baked, American-style buttermilk pancakes smothered in maple syrup and Chinese pancakes crammed with crispy duck. That’s a lot of pancakes. So this year I thought it was time to revisit the small but perfectly formed blini. Continue reading
I’m potty about pancakes and with Shrove Tuesday coming up it’s the perfect excuse to pig out. That’s what it was all about in the old days: the last chance to stuff yourself with gusset-busting goodies before the fasting and religious obligations of the penitential season of Lent.
So throw caution to the winds and break out the flour, eggs, milk, butter and sugar. You’ve got 40 days of Lent ahead of you to repent and atone. Continue reading