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I have nothing to say about pancakes.

February 12, 2013

Another quick post. It’s the end of Shrove Tuesday. The internet has been so awash with images of pancakes that were we being monitored by aliens in space they might well deduce that Earth’s dominant life-form is flat, roughly circular, and has creamy brown skin with a slightly bobbly texture. But other than the fact that as the day has progressed these images have had a distracting effect which has increased in mouthwateriness, I find that I have nothing whatever to say about pancakes.

While I type, Mrs simonsometimessays is whipping up a few of said delicacies, and for the next five minutes you have my undivided attention.

Shrove Tuesday. I was at an embarrassingly advanced age before I realised that Shrove Tuesday and Mardi Gras were one and the same thing.  mardi grasRaised a Catholic (about which I have no hang-ups) I associated the day with pancakes (well, naturally) and the arrival of Lent. It was Paul Simon’s song – Take me to the Mardi Gras – that was to blame. It taught me not about a forthcoming period of fasting and solemnity, but about a rather cool party that I’d like to go to when I grew older. I’d still like to.

It’s the last day until Easter on which the word Alleluia is uttered in Catholic services. And so, in order that you don’t run short of alleluias, I offer:

Why make a choice? Take both with my compliments. And with the observation that lemon juice and maple syrup is a surprisingly toothsome combination. Worth the wait.


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  1. Hmmmm, lemon and maple syrup – must try that on my carrots.

  2. How could that not be a good idea? Thank you for the inspiration! Simon

  3. Papizilla permalink

    Is it lent already again? Meh. I will give up Reality TV again this year I guess…(I have never watched it anyway, it still counts though, right?) 😀 And the lemon and maple syrup thing? Yikes.

  4. You should probably give up avoiding reality TV – but I wouldn’t advise it!

  5. Mike Truman permalink

    Ever since she was in her mid-teens, my daughter has given up eating aardvarks for Lent. She always seems to manage it, I’ve never seen her guiltily stuffing an aardvark ear into the food recycling bin.

    • Well that’s impressive. I couldn’t make that sacrifice. But how would she feel if it were discovered that there is in fact aardvark in the lasagne?

  6. Thanks for visiting my blog I give you another version of Leonard Cohen 🙂 D 34

    • Hmm – not sure about this one. It’s heartfelt and passionate, certainly, but a little too melodramatic for me. Hearing a number of different versions lately, I find that quite a few people have been tempted to introduce meaningful pauses and to decorate the notes. Doesn’t always strike the right chord with me!

  7. I’m a purist – lemon and sugar only for me…

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