Fat Tuesday!

Why did no one tell me there was a holiday where you eat pancakes?

I am very angry about this. 39 years of no pancakes on Fat Tuesday.

It ends TODAY!

Unbelievable. I was raised a Catholic and did the ashes thing on Ash Wednesday and gave stuff up for Lent and did not do anything too fun on Good Friday and all that. But pancakes the night before Ash Wednesday? Never. Maybe Fat Tuesday just isn’t an Italian-American tradition or something. I dunno.

But since I’ve reached the age of reason and don’t have to pretend I believe in the fairy stories* and can pick my own holidays, Fat Tuesday is in.

Image found on multiple sites in a Google Image Search. Not sure who deserves credit for this.

So anyway my preferred pancake recipe is to use about 2: parts prefab pancake mix : 1 part rolled (“quick” but not “instant”) oats, and water as needed for the batter.

I am sure that making your own batter is better than the boxed stuff but I can’t stand using fresh eggs for this because if there are fresh eggs in the batter, I worry unduly about salmonella when I eat uncooked batter. Uncooked pancake batter is pretty good!

The oats add a little roughage and nutrition and kind of stretch out the number of pancakes you can eat without totally blowing your daily calorie allotment. Also they make the ‘cakes taste pretty good. Optionally I add chopped pecans, berries, or even those tiny chocolate chips, but most of the time it’s plain old pancakes on any given Saturday morning.

I also use “lite” syrup so I can use twice as much. I don’t usually use butter or margarine although my wife swears by peanut butter on pancakes. Nutella when I’m feeling really decadent. So maybe Nutella on Fat Tuesday!

<update: In hindsight I think my sudden interest in Fat Tuesday celebrations probably has a lot to do with my recent decision to get back on track with my diet and exercise.  2:1 Pancake mix:wheat bran is an even more reasonable approach to making the ‘cakes healthy.  Pancakes is pancakes.>


* Just kidding! A dude who was born to a virgin and is his own father and can turn water to wine like Dionysus and got crucified like Zoroaster and rose from the dead like Osiris and sacrificed himself to spare his creation from his own wrath because someone ate fruit distributed by a talking snake … that is totally real!

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  1. Nutella… Pancakes…

    Dammit, Monaco… now I’m going to have to break out the Griddler when I get home from work!

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