Shrove Tuesday AKA Pancake Day

Shrove Tuesday (also known in Commonwealth countries as Pancake Tuesday or Pancake day) is the day in February or March immediately preceding Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent), which is celebrated in some countries by consuming pancakes. In others, especially those where it is called Mardi Gras or some translation thereof, this is a carnival day, and also the last day of “fat eating” or “gorging” before the fasting period of Lent.

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This moveable feast is determined by Easter. The expression “Shrove Tuesday” comes from the word shrive, meaning “absolve“.[1] Shrove Tuesday is observed by many Christians, including Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists, Roman Catholics and orthodox,[2] who “make a special point of self-examination, of considering what wrongs they need to repent, and what amendments of life or areas of spiritual growth they especially need to ask God’s help in dealing with.”[3]

Being the last day of the liturgical season historically known as Shrovetide, before the penitential season of Lent, related popular practices, such as indulging in food that one sacrifices for the upcoming forty days, are associated with Shrove Tuesday celebrations, before commencing the fasting and religious obligations associated with Lent. The term Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday.

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The Mimosa- The Perfect Daytime Event Drink

Invented in France, the Mimosa is a cocktail-like drink composed of one part dry champagne (or other sparkling wine) and one partmimosa thoroughly chilled orange juice. It is traditionally served in a tall champagne flute with a morning brunch, wedding and would be great for garden parties.

MCCN thought we would explore idea of a Virgin Mimosa. Check out this great cocktail recipe from drinksmixer.com:

http://www.drinksmixer.com/drink1p62o50.html

Chicken and Waffles Recipe

The restaurant, Roscoes Chicken and Waffles put this combination on the map.  Now there are folks that say other restaurants were doing earlier but there is no question Roscoe’s is the restaurant that made it from from there unpretentious tourist trap location in Hollywood to a location in Pasadena.   The combination has become so popular even the Lay Potato Chip corporation got in on the action with flavoring a chip with this location.  Check out my instagram thoughts on the chip but for now.  Check this recipe. – Crystal J, MCCN Editor

Homemade Chicken and Waffles have arrived from the Grandbaby Cakes FB page. The recipe is on the blog now! #chickenandwaffles

RECIPE: http://www.grandbaby-cakes.com/2014/03/homemade-chicken-and-waffles/

Red Velvet Pancakes Recipe

It’s  just another craze after the red velvet explosion in the dessert world, someone had to take it a step further.   What’s the step?  It’s a step up in the food line up of the day to breakfast.  Many a home cook is trying to replicate the red velvet pancakes, a breakfast men item on the

Los Angeles based Buttermilk Food Truck.  When you make it to LA, follow that food truck but if that is not happening soon the the pancake recipe is at least is quite simple.

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Buttermilk Food Truck 

  • Use a red velvet from scratch recipe or boxed red velvet cake mix.  The key ingredient which needs to be used is buttermilk so instead of the suggested liquid in your recipe swap it for buttermilk.
  • Add two chocolate chip to each pancake while on the griddle.
  • Use a dollop of cream cheese frosting and maple syrup to taste.
  •  Basically, the red velvet pancake recipe is cake batter fried like a pancake.

Watch the popular video How to by Divascancook.com

Sweet Potato Pancake Recipe

I admit this is a selfish post, just have to have it on this website.  I am a sweet potato jacks, sweet potato casserole, sweet potato pie and  sweet potato biscuit eater and maker so it was love at first sight when I saw the image of this lovely stack of none other than sweet potato pancakes.  Click for Recipe

Image from different recipe of Sweet Potato Pancakes but this looks good too- (http://amomwriting.blogspot.com)

Easy Quiche Recipe

Photo by Multiculturalcookingnetwork.com
Crystal A. Johnson

Quiche is great for brunch and dinner.  Make your crust or keep it simple buy store bought crust or puff pastry.  I personally love bacon in mine.  Some love have or mushroom is great if you want to opt for no meat. Now let’s fill it in.

In my opinion parmessan cheese or a gruyere cheese will impart the best the best flavor.  I like the sharp taste.

Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs
  • Cup and half of milk
  • a teaspoon of vanilla if you are making this for brunch. (OPTIONAL)
  • Cup full of broken bacon strips(pork), cup of cubed chicken or mushrooms
  • cup of parmessan cheese
  • 1/4 cup of white or green onion
  • 2 cups of Spinach ( I sauté  the spinach in olive oil first)

 

If you don’t have parmessan use whatever cheese you have if you have the parmessan in a container then add some to your egg an milk mixture.   Pepper to taste in your mixture.  Mix cheese, eggs, milk, pepper, onions and vanilla together.  Place meat or mushroom in the crust.  Pour mixture over.  Put in oven in 30 minutes.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

Champorado Recipe (Filipino Chocolate Cereal)

Burntlumpia.typepad.comFilipinos have been enjoying chocolate cereal long before the likes of Cocoa Puffs, Cocoa Pebbles, Cocoa Crisp, Count Chocula, or Chocolate Frosted Frosty Krusty Flakes (Only sugar has more sugar!) ever entered the sweet-toothed maws of hungry children. Although these factory-produced, mass-marketed, sugar-filled cereals are fine and dandy for breakfast (I’ve enjoyed many of them), they lack the rustic homemade charm, and overall stick-to-yo-ribs-ness, of FilipinoChamporado.

Champorado may perhaps be the original chocolate cereal as it is quite literally a “chocolate cereal”–it’s made fromchocolate tablea and cereal grains in the form of sweet sticky rice. Put more simply though, Champorado can best be described as a sort of chocolate rice porridge. Or perhaps it can be likened to a warm bowl of oatmeal crossed with a chocolate bar–only better. Way better.

Ingredients

Serves 2-4

  • 1/2 cup Malagkit (sweet sticky rice), rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup evaporated milk, plus more if needed
  • 1 cup coconut milk, plus more if needed
  • 4 chocolate tablea, crushed
  • Sugar, to taste

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Simple Breakfast, Lots of Style

Scones and breakfast cakes are classic foods and always presented well on tiers.  With daring splash of originality plates were placed on what looks to be gift boxes.

Photo by Multiculturalcookingnetwork.com Veronica Hererra

 

Thinking about having brunch and would love the simplicity of a cereal bar?  You display does not have to go south.  Take a look at this display with a variety of cereals, fruits and milk.  Add a few elegant natural trimming and Wow.  We take no credit for this idea.  Saw it posted on facebook:

How to Poach an Egg & Eggs Florentine Recipe

The egg is cracked into a bowl of any size, and then gently slid into a pan of simmeringwater and

Eggs Florentine as variation of the Poached Egg

cooked until the egg white has mostly solidified, but the yolk remains soft. It is quite common for a small pat of butter or margarine to be added to the container for the egg, to prevent the egg sticking to its container. The ‘perfect’ poached egg has a runny yolk, with a hardening crust and no raw white remaining.

Fresh eggs will yield the best results.Broken into simmering water, the white will cling to the yolk, resulting in cooked albumen and runny yolk.

To prevent dispersion of the white of the egg, a small amount of vinegar may be added to the boiling water.   Stirring the water vigorously to create a vortex may reduce dispersion.  Special pans, with several small cups, allow a number of eggs to be poached at the same time. Other methods of producing poached eggs, such as using cling film to keep the egg perfectly formed have been documented.

If the eggs are at room temperature, the cooking time is 2 mins 30s to 2 mins 40s. If the eggs are taken from a refrigerator, then a longer time of about 3mins is required. Dipping the eggs into cold water for a few seconds immediately after taking them out of the boiling water helps prevent over-cooking.

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