We went to a Mardi Gras happy hour to support the St. Bernard project, and I knew that I had to make pancakes for dinner on Fat Tuesday.
Why, you ask?
Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday, proceeds Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent. Lent is a time of fasting. "In the United Kingdom and many other countries, the day is often known as Pancake Day. Making and eating such foods was considered a last feast with ingredients such as sugar, fat and eggs, whose consumption was traditionally restricted during the ritual fasting associated with Lent." Also, you figure when there weren't refrigerators, you weren't keeping those ingredients around for very long.
Several Catholics, JD and SZ, not knowing this tradition, were intrigued and came over for pancakes, sweet and regular potato hashbrowns, turkey sausages, and sliced oranges and grapefruit.
This pancake recipe is worth keeping. I got it from a friend's mom in college. AWESOME:
2 cups milk
2 cups of flour
4 T oil
2 T sugar
2 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
1 t salt
(this made enough for 4 people, half it easily for 2 :))
For the potatoes, I added olive oil to the saute pan, and diced the regular potatoes because they take longer to cook, and 1 T of garlic (I like garlic). Then I diced the sweet potato, and added it and some salt. DONE!