I don’t usually utter this most Californian of exclamations lightly, if at all. But it seems to be warranted in this case. Today is Fat Tuesday, the day before Lent begins. It’s also known as Shrove or Pancake Tuesday. According to Wikipedia, “The reason that pancakes are associated with the day preceding Lent is that the 40 days of Lent form a period of liturgical fasting, during which only the plainest foodstuffs may be eaten. Therefore, rich ingredients such as eggs, milk, and sugar are disposed of immediately prior to the commencement of the fast. Pancakes and doughnuts were therefore an efficient way of using up these perishable goods, besides providing a minor celebratory feast prior to the fast itself.” (Note: Wikipedia ok to use for silly bloggish topics like pancakes. Not so reliable for bibliographic research.)
Like many Americans, I like to celebrate Mardi Gras, and I like to celebrate any day that gives me license to eat doughnuts and pancakes guilt-free. So, in honor of Fat Tuesday, we will “laissez les bon temps rouler” (let the good times roll) and eat pancakes for dinner tonight. As if that won’t be enough of an exciting departure from our usually healthy chicken or fish with two vegetables, I found this at the store:
That’s right. It’s pancake batter packaged in a whipped cream canister. You point it at the griddle, spray out some batter in any creative shape you want, let it cook, and instant pancakes! (Don’t tsk tsk! It’s organic.) Awesome. Totally awesome.
Tom and Huck are going to love this.
I may have to explain it to Thoughtful Husband.
Book fair preparations continue apace. Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!