Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Even though I live in the States, today is not Mardi Gras to me, but Shrove Tuesday or even better "Pancake Day". It is also jokingly called "Jif Lemon day"- thanks to a very clever advertising campaign by the Jif company who make the lemon juice that comes in a yellow plastic container shaped like a lemon found in the UK. Traditionally we put lemon juice and sugar on our pancakes, so if you don't have fresh lemons, you can use a Jif lemon.
Pancakes were cooked on Shrove Tuesday to use up the fat and eggs that were restricted during Lent, but it has become an English favorite tradition.
Therefore today I made pancakes- French style or crepes- very thin and as large as the pan they are cooked in. Not like American pancakes- saucer sized thick pancakes. I have lots of good memories of making pancakes at home with my dad- he can still toss a pancake in the pan better than anyone I know.
I stuffed the first pancakes with a bacon, onion, red pepper, tomato and courgette (zucchini) mix and then covered them with cheese sauce. Very nice. To follow we just had to have a pancake with sugar and lemon.
As part of my 'photo-a-day' project I decided to photograph the cooking pancakes and gained a new respect for still life cookery photography....