Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Shrove Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday crepes
Originally uploaded by the gladdings
This post is in honour of our dear friend Peter Johns - chef extraordinaire, and fellow Brit, as I imagine he did something similar today. I decided to make pancakes for Shrove Tuesday like me mum always did growing up - once a year, straight out of the pan, lemon juice and sugar liberally sprinkled - apply to face till you can't eat any more.

Well, if you're going to make a dozen pancakes (crepes, more accurately), you might as well make three dozen. So, for our regular Tuesday night family meal with our friends the Maddocks I served crepes stuffed with caramelized onions, wilted kale and sautéed mushrooms, topped with a light cheese sauce with more than a hint of nutmeg, accompanied by roasted sweet potatoes. Followed, of course, by the traditional pancakes of Shrove Tuesday.

There's a reason it's called 'Fat Tuesday'. One big splurge before the season of Lent begins tomorrow...

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Frosty February Fun

Snow seats
Originally uploaded by the gladdings
Maggie and Seth made their first big snow people this afternoon - and then Maggie said she wanted to make snow chairs to rest in because she was tired. So we did. Check out more photos on Flickr.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

missing jasmine

jasmine in bloom
Originally uploaded by the gladdings
I woke up this morning really missing our old garden. The jasmine would be starting to bloom, and we would be preparing the soil for planting the first seeds on Valentine's Day. That rich scent and receptive soil seem afar off today, with snow lingering in piles and a ways to go before preparing our small plot in the community garden for planting.