IHOP might have tried to convince us it was last week, but don’t be fooled, tomorrow is International Pancake Day. Pancake Tuesday, aka Mardi Gras, aka the day before the start of the Lenten Season. The idea is to eat up all of the rich foods in the house before you avoid them during Lent.
King Rex, as his Uncle Mike and Aunt Mel dubbed him, asked for some “pancakes with no cup of syrup for dipping” for breakfast the other day. I asked if he wanted the ones as big as a plate that he could spread jelly on, and I got his cute, emphatic “YES!”. He meant crepes. I hadn’t taken the sourdough out of the fridge so I couldn’t make my Sourdough Crepes. Then I remembered Chef Jack’s Norwegian Pancakes.
While undergoing treatment for Leukemia, Jack Witherspoon became interested in cooking. He talked to chefs, experimented and eventually wrote a cookbook, Twist It Up: More Than 60 Delicious Recipes from an Inspiring Young Chef. It is probably intended for older children, but it is a great cookbook no matter what the age of the chef. (HINT: buy the book). We have made quite a few of the recipes, including his version of his mother’s Norwegian Pancakes, which are like crepes only a bit thicker (hence a bit more forgiving to cook). He “twists it up” by turning them into cheese blintzes with some sweetened cream cheese. Sounds like breakfast to me. I have modified the directions a bit, because I am too lazy to copy his exact words. You’ll get the idea. Or, go buy the book!
This one above is mine, because I wanted it pretty for you – well, I tried at least. I let K-Rex spread the cream cheese and jelly himself and do the rolling. He also read the ingredients and helped put them in the blender.
There are a few other pancake recipes on our Breakfast Menu. Some are very healthy which is not the theme of the day, but feel free to eat what you like. If you feel the need for some New Orleans style food for your Mardi Gras celebration, I listed most of them in the Super Bowl post a few weeks ago.
Until next time, happy eating!