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SHROVE TUESDAY-English Pancakes.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Earlier this week I told DH I would make us Shrove pancakes for today.
You use the same batter as you do for Yorkshire Puddings or American popovers.
DH was happy to have them but since they are not the healthiest of meals I decided we would have them for dessert only. DH always ate them with "Tate and Lyle Golden syrup". In the US it is very expensive and I know DH would want treacle tart and treacle toffee if that was in this house. He was not happy. I suggested the real Maple syrup we still buy at the same farm in Vermont. He realised it was a much better choice and we always have it in the freezer. That made him and his sweet tooth HAPPY.
I had a dish of Collards that I made earlier but so far we were not very happy with the way they were cooked.
A spark friend in Louisiana sent me a recipe for a Southern Dish using Collards I had a big serving sitting in the refrigerator and I was raised to never waste food.
I had microwaved it and steamed it and it just would not tenderize. I had few of the ingredients in the house to turn it in to her recipe, I took the basis from her recipe and made us a side dish and now DH and I loved this dish of greens thanks to a generous Spark friend.
I cooked the collards for 2 hours and I added vinegar and bacon to it. I also added some green cabbage and caramelized onions. DH loves onions so that tempted his taste buds. I served it in a separate dish just in case and he really likes it now. So do I. We never had anything but cabbage in England and we did eat a lot of it. I know the nutritional value for us with dark leafy greens in our meals and our cabbage barely applies.
Our Menu on this Shrove Tuesday is very much changed from pancakes and syrup only. Everything was made from scratch.
Chicken breast stew with home made broth thickened with Pureed carrots .
Collards, green cabbage, caramelized onions and smoked bacon cut into very small pieces. I added rice wine vinegar instead of Apple cider vinegar. I know we like the delicate flavor so I used it. I tried to keep the recipe close by using what we are familiar with and it was incredible. I wanted to be able to enjoy them. DH was definitely not on my side with this but I was cooking them incorrectly for our taste. Making them a side dish was a good choice that way if he did not like them it would not interfere with the rest of the meal.
DH really liked them too so I am thrilled I finally know how to cook GREENS Southern Style.

Thanks to CATHYINLA emoticon emoticon emoticon

Our dessert went well. We both had 2 small thin pancakes like crepes.
DH had his Vermont Maple Syrup.
I had a teaspoon of Honey and a teaspoon of Lemon Juice microwaved till warm and blended and it brought back memories of my grand mother.

In England my Grans skillet was always angled but straight-sided with no lip on the rim and it was an easy way to toss a pancake.
I bought new pans and they have the forward lip so they are great for sauteing and flipping but not for tossing.

I am proud to say all four of them were TOSSED a couple of feet in the air and my Gran would have been proud of me.

In England today in my home town, there would have been a race on the village green and ladies run tossing a pancake in the air and not dropping it.

I ate well today and mostly on the low end of my nutrition tracker range.

Pat in Augusta Maine emoticon emoticon
-Born and raised in County Durham England.

A long time ago. Time flies whilst having fun!
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  • v ROSEWCI
    You eat good, Pat! EnJOY!!! emoticon
    1291 days ago
  • v POOHGIRL1970
    keep the stories coming! Love them!
    1292 days ago
  • v UUCEEJAY
    Sounds yummy! Gary bought me pączki. We have a lot of Polish influence in this area, especially in Parma and this is a tradition at the start of lent for "fat Tuesday." They are filled doughnuts, yummy but loads of calories! emoticon
    1293 days ago
  • v JLLOVETT
    Yummy, I love collards! I have never tried adding cabbage, sounds good.

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    1293 days ago
  • v CATHYINLA
    Pat,

    Glad you liked the collard green recipe. It is a staple of the south but many people don't like them because they can be tough and you have to cook them a long time to get them tender. The combination of bacon and vinegar does the trick on flavor and they are very good for you. As other have written, collards, black-eyed peas and cornbread, you can't get more southern than those three. Every single southerner has their own recipe (everyone tweaks it) so feel free to do so as well.

    Mardi Gras was yesterday and now southerners are "fasting" for Lent with Ash Wednesday today. Typically a southerner (Catholics mainly) "gives up" something for Lent (the time from now until Easter Sunday). So we party on Mardi Gras and then things get solemn for 40 days.

    Hope you enjoy your day.

    Cathy
    1294 days ago
  • v 123ELAINE456
    Awesome Blog!!! I love hearing about your growing up years and home country of England. You must be a Wonderful Cook and Baker. You are able to do anything with food. DH is one lucky man to have You. Sounds like You had a wonderful dinner. Take it easy when you can. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Great Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1294 days ago
  • v 1CRAZYDOG
    Sounds like you and Fred had a wonderful sparky Pancake Day! HUGS!
    1294 days ago
  • v CHALLENGER15
    I learned a lot here, Pat, and then some more while reading the other posts!

    It sounds like my beet greens are easier to prepare!
    1294 days ago
  • v EGGBASKET1
    HUBBY AND I HAD PANCAKES TOO ON PANCAKE DAY. THIS DAY ORIGINATED BECAUSE EARLY CHRISTIANS DID NOT EAT MEAT THROUGHOUT LENT SO THEY USED THEIR EGGS ETC SO THEY WOULD NOT GO TO WASTE ! SHROVE TUESDAY ORIGINATED BECAUSE EARLY CHRISTIANS WERE SHRIVEN (FORGIVEN) OF THEIR SINS. THERE IS ALSO A FAT TUESDAY WHERE PEOPLE WOULD EAT THEIR EXCESS BEFORE LENT BEGAN SO AS NOT TO WASTE ANYTHING NOT ALOUD TO BE EATEN DURING LENT. JUST A BIT OF INFO I LEARNED. GLAD YOU GOT A RECIPE FOR COLLARDS THAT BOTH YOU AND HUBBY CAN ENJOY. HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT DAY ! HUGS...EGG
    1294 days ago
  • v BETHGILLIGAN
    What a great meal! I have to laugh at you, Pat! I would have thrown out the greens after the first try and never bought them again. You are one determined lady and now you have a great recipe!!! You are persistent!! emoticon
    1294 days ago
  • v EFFIEANNIE
    Liked your modifications to collard greens. I too, think they are tough if not prepared well. I must try it your way. Have a great Ash Wednesday. emoticon
    1294 days ago
  • v IOEINC
    My mother was English and we always had pancakes on Shrove Tuesday. What great memories.

    SO glad that a emoticon sent you a recipe for collard greens. My dad's mother used to make them all the time. SHe was from South Carolina so she definitley cooked them Southern style. I remember her putting bacon in it but when I was a kid I would never touch it. I was too picky an eater but my parents loved when she came to visit and made collard greens.

    AHH Pat.. you always get me nostalgic!! And that is a good thing. Thanks!!

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    1294 days ago
  • v GOANNA2
    I'm glad you learned a new way to cook those
    collard greens and that you enjoy them. Having
    the pancakes for dessert was a good idea. Do you
    ever miss your Home in England? emoticon
    1294 days ago
  • v NASFKAB
    great have not made pancakes for a long time might do them for breakfast tomorrow
    1294 days ago
  • v GDY2SHUZ
    A great day for you. So nice that CATHYINLA sent you the recipe. Better yet, you both like the collards now.

    Having the pancakes for dessert, a good idea. They are sweet and I imagine put the finishing touch to a successful meal. Being on the low end of the tracker is a bonus too.

    Wednesday is Hump Day have a good one. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon


    1294 days ago
  • v TERRI289
    Happy DAy before Ash Wednesday!!! HUG! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon m
    1294 days ago
  • v BRENDAGAIL9
    I was born in Tennessee but raised in Seattle,WA. Mom never cooked collard greens, just turnip greens, beet greens and dandelion greens. Black Eyed Peas with cornbread, fried chicken, milk gravy over biscuits, mashed potatoes when we had them.

    I love reading about your homeland and your growing up years.

    Do you still have a lot of snow? Did you get anymore from the second storm?
    1294 days ago
  • v ARTJAC
    GREAT REMINISCING TO WHEN WE WERE YOUNG I TO LOVED TATE AND LYLE GOLDEN SYRUP BUT TO EXPENSIVE HERE IN AUSTRALIA THEM WERE THE DAYS I TO WAS BORN AND RAISED IN COUNTY DURHAM ENGLAND QUITE A FEW YEARS AGO NOW emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1294 days ago
  • v WOWEETOO
    ican see them ladies now running and flipping those pancakes something tells me i saw that once on public television
    the lady mary!! emoticon
    1294 days ago
  • v CATHEMARIE
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  • v MILLISMA
    Love the way your experimenting with different things. I never thought of freezing the fresh maple syrup. I love to get some when I'm in Maine since my dad's friend produces it. How long can you freeze it?

    Have a great night.

    hugs....Mary Anne
    1294 days ago
  • v DEBBIEANNE1124
    The collards recipe sounds pretty good. I'm gklad you ahd a good day today.
    1294 days ago
  • v BRAVELUTE
    The meal sounds delicious!! Good choice for the maple syrup. I've learned it's anti-angiogenic. That's a good thing for a sweetener. Honey is, too.

    If you try the collards again, i cook mine in a pressure cooker, filling the pot. I cook the pot for about 15 minutes after it comes to pressure. I think they are amazing because they have a salty taste without adding any salt. Sometimes I just add a little milk after I drain the little bit of water. I like them simple.
    1294 days ago
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