Shrove Tuesday, famously preceding Ash Wednesday, is the last day of gluttonous delight before the fasting period of Lent in the Christian calendar. For those of us not practicing, it’s the day that supermarkets sell frying pans and bottled lemon juice at double the usual prices, and we all set our smoke alarms off.
‘Why Moomins?’ I hear you ask, and I respond simply; why not.
Of course, as with all the best traditions, the roots of pancake day lie well beyond one single religion. Different peoples and nations around the world celebrate similar holidays at similar times of the year- there’s something about this transitional point in the calendar that calls us to use up the last of the fatty winter food and empty our larders in hope of spring freshness and lighter diets. It’s the cosmic version of having one big treat before you finally start a diet.
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That quote is from Oscar Wilde by the way, a man after my own bitter introverted heart. If you’re cooking for a crowd, for yourself or bringing something to a party then why not try one of these literary-inspired recipes inspired by wintery tomes.
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You may think you’re too wrapped up in your current book to stop to eat, but today I’ve pulled together five recipes from five different literary classics or from favourite authors, which you could make this weekend. After all, as George Bernard Shaw once said “There is no love sincerer than the love of food.”
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