Saturday, February 9, 2013

Get Ready: Pancake Tuesday!

I know Valentine's Day, or Single Awareness Day--if that's how you roll, is hogging all the holiday attention this upcoming week, but I don't want one of my most favoritest holidays to get lost in all the hugs and kisses and discounted chocolate.

Pancake Tuesday is this Tuesday, February 12th! Pancake Tuesday! Shout Hooray!

Pancake Tuesday is my second favorite food themed holiday, right after Pie Day. However, unlike Pie Day, Pancake Tuesday is a for reals, certifiable holiday, more commonly known as Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras. But let's not focus on all the Mardi Gras debauchery, let's focus on the pancakes. Let us always focus on the pancakes. 

Pancake, or Shrove Tuesday is always the day immediately before Ash Wednesday which is the start of Lent which ends on Easter. By tradition, most commonly in the UK, pancakes are made on this very special Tuesday, to use up all the stuff one may try to give up for Lent; flour, sugar, eggs, and to clean out the cabinets. 

So even if you don't celebrate Lent, Pancake Tuesday is an all welcoming holiday. Pancakes are just nice like that. I have celebrated this fine little day for many of years now with everything from Star Wars pancakes:

In a galaxy far, far away pancake Yoda and pancake Vader met for an epic breakfast battle . .

To fancy strawberry stuffed pancakes:

Yeah, I just wanted to show off my pancakes skillz.

So as you plan your meals this week, 'cause you're pretty responsible with your meal planning and all, don't forget pancakes on Tuesday;  for breakfast, or lunch or dinner all of the above.


Some of my favorite easily Internet linked pancake recipes:
Whole-Grain Pancakes with Blueberry Maple Syrup by 101 Cookbooks (a great basic recipe)
Red Velvet Pancakes with Cream Cheese Butter by Southern Living. These are pretty ridiculous and you might have to eat kale smoothies for a week afterwards to counterbalance them. But you know, the choices we make in life.
If you are more of a savory pancake person, this article has some pretty intriguing flavor combos. 
Just scoot up to the counter at a local diner. Umm . . .diner pancakes. 

Please pass on any favorite pancake recipes, my breakfast repertoire is never, every full enough!

1 comment :

  1. Holy Red Velvet. Wow. I'm going to have to make those this weekend.

    As to my favorite savory recipes, Moosewood cookbook (the original) has a great apple/cottage cheese pancake AND a sweet potato/onion pancake. Of course I'm a fan of both.