On Pancake Day 2013

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You went a bit overboard on pancake day this year. Six am saw you up and making a breakfast of a stack quick and dirty blini (use self raising flour, don’t bother beating the eggwhites), albeit only because your daughter had woken you up early. Upside? The Star got to take chocolate spread covered crepes to school in his lunchbox, which is one of his favourite things to do. Downside? You did the school run with a smudge of chocolate on your forehead.

Ah well.

Anyway, then you started to think about lunch. Had to be pancakes really. That was what you had promised B. But what to put in them? It turns out that blini are and excellent way to use up all the things you have hanging about in the fridge. Who knew? Not to mention the fact that sorting out 42 different fillings neatly got you out of doing the cleaning.

Here are the savoury ones.

Top left to bottom right: mushrooms in cream, cheddar, spinach, ricotta cheese, leeks, bacon, ham, smoked salmon, brie and goats cheese. Not all at once.

Top left to bottom right: mushrooms in cream, cheddar, spinach, ricotta cheese, leeks, bacon, ham, smoked salmon, brie and goats cheese. Not all at once.

Here are what your family actually prefers. You, on the other hand, like jam and sour cream. Or real cream if you have it, which you did for breakfast this morning, thanks.

That there on the left is condensed milk. No really, try it.

That there on the left is condensed milk. No really, try it.

And here are a few of the 167 pancakes you cooked. Only a few because you all ate the rest. You had them for tea too.

Mmmmmmmmmmm.

Mmmmmmmmmmm.

The good news is in precisely a month you get to do it all again, but more so, for Maslenitsa, or Russian Orthodox Pancake Week.

Yes, their Lent/ Easter is a month behind the Western Christian Church’s one this year. No that isn’t going to be weird at all.

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5 responses »

  1. yummi! do you call them pancakes, blini or crepes at home? because I have some US friends who refuse to call it pancakes since they have their own thick american pancakes that they cut with a knife (eww). so every time I make normal russian pancakes they call it blini. btw have you tried them with ham AND cheese filling? you should also try russian cootage cheese (tvorog) plus smetana plus honey OR apricot jam all together

    • Oh, I call them blini. (British) pancakes are made with plain flour and after all these years I think they are a bit rubbery.

      Ham and cheese is a staple, and I put some spinich in this time and that was very good too, but I haven’t tried tvorog and smetana and honey, which sounds excellent. Good thing maslentisa is coming up after all! I recommend goats cheese, leeks and bacon.

      Thanks for reading! Are you a native born Russian in the wilds of the US or from a Russian family, or something else? If you don’t mind my asking.

      • i m a Russian girl living in Germany and working at an american company. Great blog btw! I guess its not easy trying to raise kids between two cultures

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