Wednesday, February 6, 2008


While the rest of the country spent the evening in a fever of excitement about the Super-Tuesday primaries, My Beloved and I spent our time flipping pancakes and swigging Cointreau. The reason? Well, Super-Tuesday here also happens to coincide with Shrove Tuesday, which is a tradition where we're from. And Shrove Tuesday is colloquially known as 'Pancake Day'.

Preceding Ash Wednesday - today in fact - which is the first day of Lent, Shrove Tuesday is the day to use up all perishables such as eggs and milk ahead of the 'fasting time'. Of course, in our house, the question of using up the milk and eggs is somewhat moot as we don't have any, but we got in the spirit of it anyhow. We made a double batch of the silky, thin wrappers known here by their more exotic, continental moniker of 'crepes' and enjoyed the first lot stuffed with sweetcorn, black beans, onions and red peppers all in a thyme-scented mushroom sauce. A heaping spoonful of softly simmered mixed rice made for a chewy side dish which was as wholesome as it was toothsome!

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And then, just to be truly decadent, we folded the remaining pancakes into small parcels of orange-infused vegan cream cheese and mandarins, baked them gently in a simple Cointreau syrup, and served them dusted with icing sugar and topped with 'cream'.

My Beloved was almost licking the plate!

Stay Vegan, Friends!

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