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Burp. Yes, it's Shrove Tuesday, and we have been making PANCAKES. P and I made a series of delicious crepes, the nicest of which were filled with smoked salmon, creme fraiche, and a squeeze of lemon juice. Mmmmmmmmmmm. There were also ham and cheese pancakes, and run of mill sugar-and-lemon ones. And finally, in a moment of madness, we made Ju Ju a miniature crepe. Which we filled with a spoonful of wet cat food (oh yes), rolled up and put in her bowl. And she ate it with relish! This is one festival she can apparently get behind.

It's a far cry from the Shrove Tuesdays of my youth, which were spent cramming as much chocolate as possible into myself in an attempt to make up for the six long sweets-less weeks which lay ahead. I, and my sisters, and pretty much all of my friends, gave up sweets for Lent every single year until I was 17, when I ate a Dairy Milk during the UCD open day and never looked back. But until then, it was no sweets but (somehow these were allowed) bubble gum until Easter Sunday, when we would all gorge on chocolate, which never tasted quite as good as you remembered it being.

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leedy
Feb. 9th, 2005 11:54 am (UTC)
I am, for some reason, envisaging Juju wearing a dainty bib and eating her crepe with a knife and fork.

And arrghh, I FORGOT that it was Pancake Tuesday yesterday. And I make really nice pancakes, though I say so myself. It was Rather Nice Homemade Mushroom Soup Tuesday in our house instead.

To be honest, I don't think I found the not eating sweets during Lent thing all that tough, given that I never had a huge sweet tooth. Giving up dry roasted peanuts would have been a much greater penance.

Oh, and of course, you could eat sweets on St. Patrick's day, because that was the day that Our Lord left the wilderness and went to the parade, wasn't it?
stellanova
Feb. 9th, 2005 12:11 pm (UTC)
Why yes, it's one of the most notable incidents in the Gospels.

I was never a huge sweet-eater either (you might recall my Three Counties addiction which lasted until they started selling it in weird tubs instead of little triangles), but just because I couldn't eat sweets, I craved them madly.

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