This morning, just out of the shower, I got a text from my husband:
Really though, a large part of the charm of Shrove Tuesday is that, well, that’s okay. After all, it’s the “sneaking up on you” that it’s really all about. Life gets busy and complicated and when it does we need to be reminded to be open to the essence of what’s really important, and let the rest go…or at least loosen our grip on it a little. We need to clean up and sweep out and make a space that encourages us to be mindful of what matters, to listen for that Still Small Voice (1 Kings 19:12).
Originally Shrove Tuesday was a day to clear rich foods from our pantries in preparation for the observance of Lent. These days those rich foods, butter, eggs, and milk, are staples that can be found in most every kitchen making a pancake dinner one that can easily be prepared on short notice.
In my own kitchen I have some beautiful eggs
at For the Love of Chicken Poop. I have a little butter, flour and spices. What I find that I don’t have as I look in the refrigerator is milk! I do however have some half and half for some forgotten reason and that seems like an appropriate substitution for the occasion.
All that’s left is to decide what kind of pancakes to make this year. I have already posted about Overnight Pancakes, Swedish Pancakes, A Dutch Baby, Wheat Germ Griddle Cakes and several other variations. This year, with Valentine’s Day later this week, I find myself thinking about Snickerdoodles. As I begin to pull together the basic ingredients for pancakes I realize they are much the same as the basic ingredients for Snickerdoodles. Only the proportions and a few pinches of spice hang in the balance. So why not make a Snickerdoodle Pancake? Topped with a cinnamon-y Snickerdoodle Syrup/Sauce it makes a tempting Shrove Tuesday treat.