Saturday, 18 February 2012

In Praise of the Pancake



I have always had a preference for Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, over that of St. Valentine. There could be several reasons for this. Perhaps it is because I make a better pancake than I do a Valentine. Perhaps it is my Dutch heritage. Most of all though, there is something that is just solid and dependable about the humble pancake.

Looking at Valentine's Day, it reminds me of a chocolate fondant. It looks lovely and tastes gorgeous, with its soft sponge and warm indulgent chocolate filling, but it's not particularly strong or stable, is easy to get wrong, and for all its delight it just isn't that healthy. The slightest push and what you thought was a sturdy exterior gives way to goo. Pure deception.