Crumbs From the Corner: Adventures in Woolgathering

Monday, June 16, 2008

Out of the Frying Pan

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.”
-James Beard

While growing up I had annually celebrated Pancake Tuesday with my family by making, or at least watching the preparations of, lots of tasty pancakes. I still prefer mine with lemon juice and plenty of sugar- eaten slowly to be savoured and followed by a hot cup of sweet tea.
And so on my first Pancake Tuesday with Spouse I was charmed by his arriving home from work and breezily suggesting that we try to make some pancakes that evening. I would probably not have carried on the tradition- I had not even remembered the day.
We spent about an hour cooking pancakes in the frying pan, and they turned out to be most delicious.
As I swept the last sugary crumb off my plate with supreme gratification, I made mention of the fact that it was a fortuitous thing that Spouse remembered Pancake Tuesday, for I had forgotten.
Spouse paused in the midst of his own chewing and said, "what's Pancake Tuesday?"
It soon became clear to me that Spouse had never heard of the day in all his life and that he had simply acquired an irresistible urge for pancakes and wished to make some.
Strange is life, indeed.


julochka said...

that's another one of those coincidences that's too much of a coincidence to really be a coincidence. if that makes sense.

but now i'm hungry for pancakes! and i have no kitchen!

Phyllis Hunt McGowan said...

It does make sense... very much. I've already put the pancake idea in Mater's head too with this post. She has a kitchen. Perhaps you could borrow hers.
When you do get a pancake, I hope you enjoy it :)

Pappy said...

I love them, but I have a problem with girth control. I have tried some of the pills available for girth control, but I didn't like the side effects. Abstinence seems to be the most effective method. I occasionally just say, "What the heck?" and live on the wild side. :)

Anonymous said...

You've done it now. I am definitely thinking about stopping on the way home for some pancake ingredients and toppings.

When I was growing up my Mom always celebrate Pancake Tuesday. It was a cheap way to fill the bottomless pits of her three teenagers. Dad had to fight us for the scraps. No wonder we all ate so fast.


Jaime said...

You two are connected in some wonderfully mysterious ways!

Yum...lemon juice and sugar. I have never heard of that before. I would love to try that!

Haven't had breakfast yet...hmmmmmm.

mermaid said...

I do enjoy the surprising turns you take with your stories. I never know what's around the bend, but I know I will be laughing or smiling.

Beth said...

I like that idea of a pancake Tuesday--I think we may start that tradition. You and spouse must be connected in some cosmic way that transcends words--you seem to have an awful lot of coincidences and a good sense of humor!

tangobaby said...

I have never been a pancake person, but the idea of eating them with lemon and sugar might do the trick! like a crepe instead. Yum.

I do have to tell you that I went a little crazy with the Irish bacon and sausage over the weekend and if you don't hear from me again, just know that the coronary I had was worth it. That was the best breakfast I've had in recent memory.

PS. I wanted you to know that I took some very special photos (of books this time) with you especially in mind. I can't email them to you, so I made a post for you here:

Phyllis Hunt McGowan said...

Texican- probably having them with lemon and sugar doesn't make them any better- but they surely taste good. Once in a while they're great to have.

Steve, I'm glad to hear it! Hope you enjoy them. They are definitely a quick way to fill up a stomach.

Jaime, perhaps you had them for breakfast then?
I couldn't even begin to start telling stories about Spouse and I saying the exact same thing at the same time.

Mermaid, thanks for that- I'm happy to know you enjoy reading them.

Beth, it's a great tradition. They're great because you can put anything you want into them- fruit, jam, lemon juice.
About Spouse and I- we do that a lot but after some years we forget that it's not common... it's natural to us!

Tangobaby, I think the ones I meant are more crepe than pancake- at least I've had huge pancakes in Denny's and they're not what I mean. Those are thick. So perhaps it's crepes I mean but we call them pancakes.
"just know that the coronary I had was worth it." It always is. It always is. And I would never say that but... oh you're in California so perhaps you know what I mean when I say that the only other time I'd say it's worth it is when we go to In-N-Out ;) Then, oh my I just love the burgers.
I'm going to check out those pictures right now. Thank you!

polona said...

i like the idea of pancake tuesday and wow, that was another of those weird coincidences that may b more than that.

Phyllis Hunt McGowan said...

Polona, it was strange... very strange indeed. Pancake Tuesday is quite fun, at least it's only once a year so it doesn't get tiresome!

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