I know, it's still a week away yet but - next Tuesday is my wedding anniversary and all suggestions of having pancakes that day have been met with an icy stare that my wife has slowly perfected over the years. Instead, we'll be going out for a meal, for a change.
Seeing as I couldn't get off to my Dad's today I decided not to waste the day and have sorted some letters out that needed doing and then had a look at the kitchen window, as there's been a bit of a draught coming in from round the sides of it. We had the double glazing installed about 7 years ago now and I never did get round to 'finishing off' as I had promised. Earlier this week I went to bought some uPVC strip and some other bits to finally do it.
So, this afternoon I set about mixing some filler and sorting out the gap between the tiles and the new window that was created when the new unit went in, there was a good inch wide by inch and a half deep of a hole, right the way along behind the tiles. That's now been filled in using some offcuts of wood I've had kicking about for ages, and the filler plaster. It would have been far too much to do with filler alone so that's a bit of a cheat really to use less plaster and make it dry out quicker too. Some builders used to pack in rolled up newspaper before the plaster for jobs like that.
Well, I was enjoying myself mixing the filler, I got a box of the powder type, rather than buy little pots of the ready-mixed. Tea-time came around and I decided I'd do a bit more mixing, flour, eggs, salt and milk with a dash of mixed herbs and I've had some pancakes for tea! All told I did half a dozen and added half a pint of onion gravy, with loads of chopped onion in (OK, cheated again, it's a bag of prepared chopped onion we have in the freezer).
I even started to sweat as I ate them, boy did I warm up and feel a lot better than I did earlier. They've not only filled me up but warmed me through as well. Or, was it because I was watching a 'railway walks' programme on TV at the time and the presenter was visiting a lot of Scottish whisky distilleries on the way...?
I've not totally gone against the calendar. Yes, here in the UK it's Tuesday the 12th that's down as Shrove Tuesday this year but our American Cousins were celebrating their National Pancake Day yesterday
One tip I will give is to use a good non-stick pan, ours even has a red indicator thing in the middle to show when it's hot, and only a tiny bit of fat when you're cooking them. I was always told to get the fat smoking hot first, but prefer to keep my eyebrows these days.