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Pancake Week! March 4, 2011

Filed under: Breakfast grumblings — celebrationgoddess @ 7:47 am

FOODIE FRIDAY – (enjoy a new recipe to try this weekend!)

Pancake Week is grounded in ancient tradition. During the Middle Ages, it was common practice to prepare for the austerity of Lent by purging the pantry of luxurious foods such as eggs, butter and milk. These ingredients often became big batches of pancakes. To this day, many communities around the world feast on pancakes all the way through Shrove Tuesday–also known as Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras–before the season of moderation begins on Ash Wednesday. In fact, another name for Fat Tuesday is Pancake Day.

Despite its no-nonsense name, Pancake Week inspires its share of eccentric behavior.

  • The small town of Olney, England has been holding its Pancake Race every year since 1445. According to the lore, it began when an Olney housewife was cooking the family’s traditional Shrove Tuesday pancakes. The church bell began to ring, summoning the townspeople to service, and the woman was so anxious to get there on time that she ran outside still holding her skillet–pancakes and all. This moment is reenacted in the town’s annual Pancake Race: contestants line up, skillets in hand, waiting for the “pancake bell” to ring. Then they toss pancakes in the air, catch them in their skillets and race 400 yards to the church. When they reach the finish line, they must toss their pancakes one more time. After the race, everyone attends church services and then enjoys a community pancake party.
  • Determined not to leave all the fun to the Brits, the town of Liberal, Kansas has been competing with Olney in a good-natured transatlantic Pancake Race rivalry since 1950.
  • In Russia, the pre-Lenten pancake feast is known as Maslenitsa, and is celebrated by eating thin buckwheat crepes called blini, accompanied
    by caviar, honey, jam, sour cream or butter. These little symbols of the sun–golden, round and warm–signify the end
    of winter and the coming of spring. Bonfires, fireworks and snow games round out the festivities.

Whatever you may call them–battercakes, blini, blintzes, crepes, flapjacks, griddlecakes, hotcakes, johnnycakes or pancakes–they stack up to a plateful of good eating. Experiment with thick batters and thin, make them sweet or savory, and try out all sorts of toppings and stuffings. Have a great time indulging in pancakes this week!

Apple Puff Pancake

Ingredients

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 apples – peeled, cored and sliced
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to blend eggs, milk and vanilla. Add flour, sugar, salt and cinnamon; mix just until blended. Set aside.
  3. Melt butter in a 9×9 inch square pan. Arrange apple slices in the bottom of the pan, and pour the batter over them. Sprinkle brown sugar over the top.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until puffed and lightly browned.

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!

Bethsheba
http://imacelebrationgoddess.com/index.html

 

Another plump couple on their way! August 29, 2010

Filed under: Breakfast grumblings — celebrationgoddess @ 8:57 am

SUCH A RELAXING SUNDAY – (enjoy a way to unwind.)

HEAD OVER MEALS: HOW LOVE MAKES YOU FAT from yourtango.com

Moving in together may take your relationship to the next level, but it can also bump up that number on the scale. Theresa, 26, was svelte when she and her boyfriend, Rosario, put their names on the same mailbox, but things soon changed.

“I ate whenever he did, even if I was stuffed,” she says. Theresa ignored her expanding waistline until she saw a shocking photo. “It looked like I had three stomachs!” she exclaims. And she was equally stunned when, eight months after moving in together, she had gained 40 pounds.

Theresa’s not the only one to fall victim to “love lard” (the weight gain that often accompanies falling head over heels). Last April, researchers at Newcastle University looked at studies that examined the eating habits of over 12,000 cohabitating or married couples in Europe, North America, and Australia. In a trend called “dietary convergence,” they found that after a twosome begins to cohabitate, women start consuming more junk, while men’s diets tend to improve.

But why do we pork out when we pair up? “Your guy has food that you’d never bring in your house,” says dietitian Lisa Young, PhD, author of The Portion Teller Plan. “But half the battle is recognizing that this could be a problem and being proactive about it.”

So with that in mind, and to toast the newly married couple Mr. and Mrs. David Jesky Jr., here’s a nice fattening pancake breakfast!

German Pancakes

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup milk, warmed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable shortening
  • Confectioners’ sugar
  • Serving suggestion: Maple syrup or fruit

Directions

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, salt, sugar, milk, vanilla, and butter. Whisk in the flour to make a smooth batter. Set aside.

Heat a well-seasoned 10-inch cast-iron skillet in the oven for 10 minutes. Remove and brush the inside with the shortening. Pour in the batter and bake for 15 minutes.

Lower the oven to 350 degrees F. and continue baking until puffed and golden brown, about 13 to 15 minutes more. Run a knife around the edge of the skillet. Sift the confectioners’ sugar over the pancake.

Love your pancakes and love your plump little mate.

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!

Bethsheba
http://imacelebrationgoddess.com/index.html

 

Thorny boobs June 25, 2010

Filed under: Breakfast grumblings — celebrationgoddess @ 10:34 pm

I knew that would get your attention! It sure got mine!!!

I had to make some lunch today and having some spinach in the fridge, decided to put some raspberries on the salad. So I decided who’s looking? I’m just going out there in my bathrobe. What I didn’t bargain for was raspberry thorns jabbing my girls.

So let me give you some advice. Raspberries are good but wear a Madonna bra before attempting.

Was the salad good? Worth it? YUP Had any danger gathering your produce? I’d love to hear about it!

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds.

Bethsheba

http://imacelebrationgoddess.com/


 

Waking up wondering if I want to make waffles March 21, 2010

Filed under: Breakfast grumblings — celebrationgoddess @ 2:56 pm

Eggos = no.  Going to IHOP = no.
Getting the ladder out and pulling the good old waffle iron off the top shelf cause come on who actually keeps that sucker handy? = YES

Apple Cinnamon Waffles – (6 servings)

  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 tbs sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 seperated eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 finely sliced apple
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • any brand waffle maker

1. Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

2. In a small bowl, beat egg whites until stiff; set aside.

3. In a meduim bowl, beat egg yolks well. Stir in milk.

4. Add sifted dry ingredients to egg yolks and mix until moistened (be careful not to over mix).

5. Add vegetable oil. Fold in egg whites.

6. Pour cinnamon in mixture. Stir.

7. Add apples. Blend lightly into mixture.

8. Bake in preheated waffle maker for at least 4-5, until crisp and brown.

While searching for amusing waffle images, I came upon this one. Now come on….waffles and sunbathing. Where the heck are they plugging in the iron?