[Sca-cooks] Happy Shrove/Fat Tuesday, or whatever you call it...

Susan Lin Shoshanna at caergalen.org
Tue Feb 24 06:50:37 PST 2009

 At Caer Galen fighter practice tonight the cook's guild is bringing crepe
> batter and a crepe pan (it only usually comes out on Mardi Gras) and a bunch
> of fillings.
> We plan to have available:
> butter/sugar/lemon
> nutella (we'd be drummed out of the room if we forgot it!)
> sweetened marscapone and homemade plum jam
> gravlax and dilled sour cream (because it's in the fridge)
> and who knows what else
> I am not of the faith but I'm of the "you look thin, eat something" world!
> Enjoy your treats whatever they are!
> Shoshanna
>   On Tue, Feb 24, 2009 at 7:00 AM, Phil Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius <
> adamantius1 at verizon.net> wrote:
>> Hullo, the list!
>> Okay, so the deal is that for those who pay attention to this stuff on any
>> of several levels, tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, and the beginning of Lent. A
>> common practice in many cultures who practice some form of Lenten observance
>> (I'm not sure one celebrates Lent, but whatever floats your boat, I guess)
>> is some form of fat consumption in recognition of the leaner weeks to come,
>> hence Carnivale, Fat Tuesday, etc. It's probably all pre-Christian anyway,
>> just a little metabolic kick to help see people through the last of winter,
>> whatever the stated rationale may be.
>> I'd love to be able to regale you all with tales of my auld mother's
>> lovely Shrove Tuesday pancakes, slathered with butter and sugar, and a
>> sprinkle of lemon juice, but the truth is I was more likely to be told
>> horror tales of artery-clogging saturated fat, and let's just say the warm
>> family moments over a nice bowl of shredded wheat or Grape Nuts with 2% milk
>> just don't have quite the same emotional impact, I suspect.
>> So, is anybody actually sitting down to Shrove Tuesday pancakes (which are
>> basically crepes, in substance), or beignets, or some other fried food in
>> honor of the unsaturated weeks to come? Or for some other reason?
>> I've got some Italian sourdough bread and a couple of eggs frying in real
>> olive oil as we speak... I thought the fried bread in lieu of toast would
>> count.
>> Later on today I'm going to see how much canned tuna, which is on sale at
>> one of the local supermarkets (a 10 for 10 ExtravaCANza -- those guys crack
>> me up, they're such cards), will fit in my bike baskets. I'm figuring two
>> cases. It has been specifically requested as a donation by the local food
>> pantry, whose existence I only cheerfully discovered this weekend. Which is
>> a lot better than not discovering it, or cheerlessly discovering it, I
>> suspect.
>> Adamantius
>> "Most men worry about their own bellies, and other people's souls, when we
>> all ought to worry about our own souls, and other people's bellies."
>>                        -- Rabbi Israel Salanter
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