In the US they celebrate Mardi Gras and in they UK they celebrate Pancake Day. Though entirely different celebrations (boobs and beads vs running while flipping pancakes) the idea is the same: live it up before Lent.
Though we refrained from holding a pancake race, we did make and eat pancakes. Now, UK pancakes are not to be confused with US pancakes. What are referred to as pancakes in the UK are called crêpes in the US. These are not the thick fluffy morning treat that you grew up smothering in Mrs. Butterworth's. No, these are thin and eggy and can be sweet or savoury depending on the filling. Speaking of fillings, here is what went in our savoury crêpes (minus the lemon):
|asparagus, sautéed mushrooms, ham and cheese (the lemons were for dessert)|
Though we had our eyes out for a proper crêpe pan, we weren't able to secure one before the big day. We also don't have a non-stick frying pan so we had to do things the old fashioned way. Jason did some reading up on different techniques and was able to make us beautiful and delicious crepes (despite being in his pyjamas . . . )
Aren't they pretty?
He filled our dinner crêpes with ham, cheese, sautéed mushrooms and asparagus. (The raisins in the background were Charlie's addition.)
Jason and I were too excited to eat our dessert crêpes (lemon and powdered sugar followed by Nutella and banana) and forgot to take pictures of them, but we did manage to get some pictures of Charlie eating her lemon and sugar crêpe:
How to Eat a Crêpe
by Charlotte Hungerford
|step one: look adorable|
|step two: pick up crêpe piece with fingers|
|step three: put crêpe and fingers in mouth|
|step four: wash it all down with a swig of water|