Monday, 28 February 2011

Pancake Day Looms

And with it sugary thoughts of mouthwatering lemony delights, back in the days when I had two small children, plus their Dad, ready to devour them. I used to approach tea time like a well planned battle ( lunch time pancakes were impossible, thanks to school) .
With a large griddle heating on the stove, a tiny coffee cup of oil standing nearby  (so it was easy to measure one quarter teaspoonful as needed to keep the pan stick free) and three large dinner plates at hand, I was ready for the off. The sugar canister and lemon juice were in Dad's control, for I soon learned small children can do dreadful things with these ingredients if left alone.
And so the fun would begin.We decided before hand who would get the first pancake off the production line, and the lucky chosen one would come close to the dining room hatchway, and watch Master Chef (me) as I dipped another tiny coffee cup into the batter and poured its contents onto the griddle, with a satisfying hiss..I was never a pancake tosser - a large kind of fish slice let me flip them over once the first side started to bubble, and from then on, it was a race to see if the cook or the munchers won each round!.Happy days!

It was Willow's Magpie that called forth these memories, although her illustration is a trifle gory! I can promise you, no blood was spilt in my kitchen on any Shrove Tuesday!





A bloody hand print on the glass?
Things came to a pretty pass
when pancake day turned very sour
and ended when I murdered our
kiddywinks - the dreaded crew
who shouted "More! Two will not do!"


This is dedicated to my kids, who used to demand a constant supply of pancakes until their little bellies were full to bursting! Hehehe! I hasten to add, they are to this day alive and kicking, and as fond of pancakes as ever!

34 comments:

  1. Jinksy, this brought back memories for me too, my poor mother chained to the cooker for hours with seven greedy children demanding pancakes. It was such fun (for us anyway). Glad you didnt have to murder your children and that they are alive and probably making their own pancakes and thinking of their mum.

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  2. Sweet. It's great that you could pull off such a heart warming story from todays Magpie. Well done!

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  3. Both prose and poem brilliant, those pancakes can bring out the best and the worse in us, I just love them though.

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  4. Wonderful memories a lovey story make! And a great take on the photo! Reminds me of when I was a company wife and had to organize and turn out 200 pancakes every Shrove Tuesday!!

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  5. loved the memory, reminds me of going to my grans, and waiting at the table with the butter, lemon and sugar, and my delight in being the oldest and getting the first pancake! No pancakes I make every taste as good!

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  6. Great imagery! I can almost smell the heating oil and see the sizzling batter filling with it's pocked holes ready for flipping...my keyboard even feels a bit sticky with maple syrup...yummmm...now I am hungry!

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  7. My brother & I used to eat pancakes by the dozen & my poor mum couldn't make them quick enough! They were delicious though.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

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  8. YUM! That's my specialty. Each Christmas morning the expectations of the family are on my shoulders to start the celebrations in style. I'm a french crepe ma, light and thin.

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  9. Wonderful! Both the remembrance and the poem that follows (and thanks for the laughs!)

    P.S. You made me hungry : )

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  10. Lovely memories haunting you back.Nice

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  11. The sap will soon be running locally, and it will be time to head to the restaurants in the sugar bush for pancakes.

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  12. that photo got me thinking of jam....nice pancake tale!

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  13. Sweet! Can smell the hiss of the batter dropping into place, searing each side, the dressed with the lemon and sugar. Sounds scrumptous.

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  14. But pancakes always call for more!

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  15. Great memories captured from this prompt Jinksy ...happy days at home with all the family and a few friends thrown in for good measure. Pancakes made and eaten like they were going out of fashion! We loved pancakes.

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  16. Sunday morning, pancake time for us..Mom could make even the first one to hit the pan look good..thanks for the trip into your kitchen!!

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  17. For my kids it was pancakes AND waffles ... your Magpie is the perfect prompt for remembering.

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  18. Mmm...pancakes with lemon juice and a sprinkling of sugar. Very tasty.

    Poetry24…where news is the Muse

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  19. Pancakes with lemon and sugar .... pancakes Husband-style with apple syrup AND sugar .... or pancakes rolled round a very rich creamy shellfish sauce and flashed under a grill .... or with cherries ... or jam ... pancakes any way you fancy .
    Or all of the above . The kitchen shelves must be cleared by next Wednesday !

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  20. Wonderful! I used to make SO many pancakes. Not so much, now. Your write gave me a huge craving for a tall stack of blueberry, smothered in pure maple syrup.

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  21. Thanks, Jinksy! Now I'm craving pancakes. Don't you find though, that the first one is always a bit of a Tester?

    I might have to make some for dessert - can't wait until Pancake Tuesday!

    Kat

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  22. Oh, what fun for Pancake Day and Magpie Tales!

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  23. I like pancakes too. You reminded me. Must get Jill to cook some for Sunday tea. Sounds a great idea Pen! - Dave

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  24. Jinksy,
    I LOVED pancake days when my kids were little ones. Mine is set in a lovely home kitchen, too:
    http://www.kimnelsonwrites.com/2011/03/02/ideal-afternoon/

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  25. sweet memory, I still like eating pancakes now and then

    thanks for stopping by my blog. I sent you an email. hope your day is sweet & happy!

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  26. You Have Made Me Hungry!

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  27. Jinksy . . you make things very tasty. Thanks!

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  28. FABULOUS POEM! Sadly my hubby isn't keen on pancakes so we rarely make them! :O)

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  29. Our church pastors are hosting a Shrove Tuesday pancake supper for the congregation. I enjoy pancakes for supper, rather than at breakfast -- more time to enjoy them.

    Clever Magpie! I could never cook pancakes fast enough for my four bottomless-pits.

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  30. It was quite a game keeping up with demands in our house, too. I was a pancake tosser and never dropped a one:-)

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  31. Ooohh...awesome!! ME LOVIEZ 'em pancakes!! And yessss!! This saturday, I am gonna make some!! So, yaaayyy!! Hubby and I will be fighting over who gets the first one.. teehehehe...

    I sooo enjoyed reading your magpie, my friend.. and I bet you had more fun writing it!! :))

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  32. Yay! Willow's prompt brought out the pancake side in me, too! You're the flipping same as me - mine just got a quick turn over at bubble point!

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  33. Wonderful. I love pancakes!

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