Happy Fat Tuesday: Eat Pancakes!comments (6) February 24th, 2009
My Irish Catholic family called the day before Ash Wednesday and the official beginning of the Lenten season Pancake Tuesday. For me and my siblings, these Tuesdays held a special wacky allure. My mother was hardly what anyone in any sense would have called a traditional mom. Home cooked dinners were a rarity in our household, and in those rare instances my mother would forego an apron in favor of Go-go boots. Think Barbarella with a spatula. But every year, the night before Lent she would pull out the stops and make us all pancakes for dinner. We loved the topsy-turvy-ness of a breakfast food served up for dinner and quite frankly, the sight of my mother dramatically coaxing dinner out of skillet, struck us all as an event worthy of special recognition (if not (always) celebration)
It is funny to think back on how, as little children, we thought that the night before we were to solemnly file into Mass to get our heads smudged with ashes, and swear off chocolate until Easter (and the Easter Bunny) was the really BIG deal because our mother would make us pancakes. Yes, the nuns definitely had their work cut out for them with the Murphy clan.
Tonight, I am going to remember my mother and serve up a piping hot plate of pancakes for supper and raise a glass of juice to Pancake Tuesday.
Here's a terrific pancake recipe for you to try--and I promise not at all like the ones my mother would lovingly thud onto our plates.
Or if you are craving more of a taste of Fat Tuesday New orleans style, Finecooking.com has a fantastic Mardi Gras menu for a crowd.
Happy Mardi Gras & Happy Pancake Tuesday!