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Mardis Gras Tuesday

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

It sounds so much better than Shrove Tuesday doncha reckon?  Besides, here in the Uk Shrove Tuesday means pancakes with sugar and lemon which is OK but as I don't have a sweet tooth, not really my thing.  I used to make them for the children.  But when daughter was still fairly young she took over pancake making duty [with my supervision - obvs].  Then I blinked and she'd left home.  Youngest son took over pancake making duty for him and his big bro.  For me too if I wanted any but as I say, not really my thing.  

So today I decided to make a variation on a Quesadilla pancake for dinner because hey, why not?  It's actually quite alien to me [and rather difficult] to narrow quantities down for one.  Which is probably why mostly I don't do it - I much prefer to batch cook.  Hence I landed up with something that was too big for one meal, but not quite enough for two.  No doubt I'll figure that out.







Of course the historical religious point of Shrove Tuesday was to use up fat and eggs etc before the fast of Lent.  These days people of a religious [or Catholic] persuasion give up something for 'Lent' rather than actually fast.  I don't have religious inclinations, nor was I raised Catholic so I've never done the 'giving up something for lent' thing.  You know me though, I do like to explore these ideas and adopt them to challenge myself.  But there isn't much I could give up that I'd really notice.  Common ones are chocolate or crisps but I hardly eat them anyway.  Another is fizzy drinks - which would be easy given I NEVER drink them.  

I can't help thinking it would be better to do something positive for Lent.  I'm not sure what though for me.  I'm really hot on recycling so that isn't the answer.  Maybe I should just refuse to buy anything non essential during lent?  Unless of course you have a better idea. 

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  • POLSKARENIA
    I was in London with my daughter, so I bought galettes(savoury for me) and crepes (sweet for her) . We also celebrated the Polish Fat Thursday the previous week and invited friends over for Polish doughnuts( my first attempt) and chrusty - deep fried pastry knots which are as light as you like ( a very successful first attempt).
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    Comment edited on: 3/7/2020 3:51:15 AM
  • TRESSWANN
    Love Ramona's answer.
    I grew up with Shrove Tuesday but the joke was my mother always had her doctor's appointment first week in March and furiously dieted to be the same weight . She always weighed 132, 7 pounds more than when she became pregnant with me So, depending she made them but didn't eat them. We were going to make scallion pancakes but went traditional
    40 days ago
  • _RAMONA

    "Laissez les bon temps rouler!"
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    I'm an observant Catholic and I'm not really sure where the pancake thing came from... I think each culture/country has its own take on Shrove Tuesday, and using up the rich foods. Sometimes we have traditional pancakes (this year) and other years we go the savory route with savory cottage cheese filled Blitzes (Ukrainian/Polish)... and sometimes crepes for the French side of our family, LOL. No set way to do pancakes (and sometimes I just do cheesecake), so I think your version fits right in.
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    As for the fasting aspect of Lent (and many Protestant Churches here also now observe the practice), it's really about giving up vices... things which feed one's self-absorption and fleshly desires and which get between one and spiritual focus/growth (food is the most simplistic interpretation of the practice). In our house we don't fast from any particular food... like you, we have precious few food vices due to food sensitivities... there's no spiritual growth/discipline in giving up something you won't miss, LOL. Your thought to do something positive for Lent is much more in keeping with the intention behind the purpose in fasting.

    In our house we fast from... and feast on.... For instance, fast from gossip and feast on purposeful silence. Fast from TV and feast on a spiritual reading. Fast from procrastination and feast on commitment/specific goals. For several years, in the midst of extreme stress I fasted from 'yelling' (I grew up with expressing strong feeling loudly and aggressively and have had to work very hard to weed this habit out of my repertoire... Lent helps me do this) and feasted on patience and encouragement. Someone with potty mouth might fast from swearing and feast on words of praise. In addition, my family also fasts from food on Wednesdays and Fridays (water only) as we feel led... My Divine Miss O usually eats one meal a day those days... in solidarity with the poor. What we would spend on food that day is donated. It's amazing how much you grow as a person through simple ritual observances.... That's the whole purpose of Lent.

    Others:
    Fast from judging others; feast on the Christ dwelling in them.
    Fast from emphasis on differences; feast on the unity of all life.
    Fast from apparent darkness; feast on the reality of light.
    Fast from words that pollute; feast on phrases that purify.
    Fast from discontent; feast on gratitude.
    Fast from anger; feast on patience.
    Fast from pessimism; feast on optimism.
    Fast from worry; feast on trust.
    Fast from complaining; feast on appreciation.
    Fast from negatives; feast on affirmatives.
    Fast from unrelenting pressures; feast on unceasing prayer.
    Fast from hostility; feast on nonviolence.
    Fast from bitterness; feast on forgiveness.
    Fast from self-concern; feast on compassion for others.
    Fast from personal anxiety; feast on eternal Truth.
    Fast from discouragement; feast on hope.
    Fast from facts that depress; feast on truths that uplift.
    Fast from lethargy; feast on enthusiasm.
    Fast from suspicion; feast on truth.
    Fast from thoughts that weaken; feast on promises that inspire.
    Fast from shadows of sorrow; feast on the sunlight of serenity.
    Fast from problems that overwhelm; feast on prayer that undergirds.

    Perhaps something from this list will appeal to you!
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    Comment edited on: 3/1/2020 6:49:00 PM
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    No pancakes here, either.
    41 days ago
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