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Shrove Tuesday: the rise of the ready-made pancake
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Written by Wade Wiles   

But it would appear that the ancient and simple art of pancake making is slowly disappearing from British kitchens as more and more households turn to cheating by buying a ready-made mixture.

Even worse – and it's enough to make any self-respecting cook wince – factory-made pancakes, which are merely popped into a microwave before serving, are taking off in popularity.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/8366548/Shrove-Tuesday-the-rise-of-the-ready-made-pancake.html

 

 
Random thoughts on Lent
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Often I forget that many other people do not know what Lent is in the Christian tradition. I was explaining Lent to a Starbucks barrista this afternoon (near the Jesuit high school) Lent, like Advent, is a penititial season, a time to prepare for Christ, in this case resurrection. Sundays are considered mini-Easters and are not part of the Lenten season. So party on Sunday, dude.

I commonly do not make New Years resolutions, but I do have a Lenten routine, I give up meat on Wednesdays and Fridays (and if I was really good, the money I would spend on meat would go to charity.) This year Im going to the gym to work out with weights three times a week (its also good prayer time) and the webmaster and I are either studying the Christian mystics, going through Erdmanns Bible Commentary or studying icons as a Lenten home study program. The Webmaster is giving up fat. but heck if Im giving up sugar or chocolate; the two things I really should give up, right? So our Lenten goals are getting in shape, eating healthier and getting in spiritual shape too. Why would anyone do something like that?

In case you havent got a clue about Lent and why you would give up something you enjoy during Lent, I thought I would give you a brief refresher on Lent.

From Wikipedia:
In Western Christianity, Lent is the period before the Christian holy day of Easter. Eastern Christianity calls this period Great Lent, to distinguish it from the Winter Lent or Advent that precedes Christmas (though in Greek, the two periods are the "Great Fast" and the "Nativity Fast"). The rest of this article will discuss Lent as it is understood and practiced in Western Christianity, except when as noted.

It covers the forty days before Easter, not including Sundays. The Wednesday beginning Lent is known as Ash Wednesday. The dating of Easter, which determines that of Lent, is discussed elsewhere. Roughly speaking, Lent starts in late winter in the Northern Hemisphere (summer in the Southern Hemisphere) and ends in early spring (or fall). The earliest Lent can begin is on February 4 and the latest it can end is April 24 (if Easter Sunday should occur on April 25).

The Germanic origin of the word Lent (e.g. Anglo-Saxon lencten) originally meant the season of spring, referring to the lengthening of days as reflected in a word for March: Lenctenmonat. It has substituted since Anglo-Saxon times for the more significant Latin term quadragesima or the "fortieth day" before Easter, which is preserved in the Romance languages terms for the Lenten season. Lent is also preserved in the common Dutch word for the spring season, which is called Lente.

Whereas Easter celebrates The Resurrection of Jesus after his death on the Cross, Lent is concerned with preparation for Holy Week (also known as Passion Week for Catholics who worship in the new rite of the Mass), which recalls the events leading up to and including Jesus crucifixion by Rome. This took place around CE 29, in Roman-occupied Jerusalem in Judea province.

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Shrove Tuesday panckes
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Written by Wade Wiles   
 
 
Classic Pancakes are just that: classic. This is just the perfect recipe for the best pancakes. Read through Pancake Tips before you start for best results.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup light cream or evaporated milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • more butter

Preparation:

In large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir with a wire whisk until combined.

In small bowl, combine milk, cream, eggs, and melted butter and beat until smooth. Add to the flour mixture and stir just until combined. Cover batter and let stand for 10 minutes.

While the batter is standing, heat a griddle to 350 degrees F. Lightly rub the griddle with a tablespoon of butter. When a drop of water sizzles when dropped onto the griddle, use a 1/4 cup measure to pour four circles of batter onto the griddle.

Cook until the edges look dry and bubbles form a just begin to burst, about 2-4 minutes. Turn the pancakes and cook for 1-2 minutes on second side just until golden. The second side of the pancake will never get as brown as the first - that's okay. Makes about 8-10 pancakes

 
A Lenten Prayer - Eric Milner-White
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Written by Charlotte   
Lord, bless me this Lent.

Lord, let me fast most ruly and profitably,
by feeding in prayer on this Spriit:
reveal me to myself
in the light of thy holiness.

suffer me never th think that I have
knowledge enough to need no teaching,
wisdom enough to need no correction,
talents enough to need no grace,
goodness enough to need no progress
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