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PANCAKE DAY (SHROVE TUESDAY) February 21, 2023 

PANCAKE DAY (SHROVE TUESDAY)  February 21, 2023 

It's a little over a week away and so we're thinking about Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday (also known as Pancake Tuesday). Pancakes, as Americans know them, take on a different significance on Shrove Tuesday, the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday, since on this day we join in purpose with others across the globe to make pancakes, as a way to use up the eggs and fats in our homes before embarking on the 40-day Lenten period of abstinence that culminates in the grand celebration of Easter Sunday.  Celebrate with us!  For added inspiration,...

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The Honey Cake: Honey

Use of bees' honey by humans goes back millennia.  History has left us a wonderful record of this in places such as Spain, India and Africa, in cave paintings dating back to around 8000 BCE depicting men climbing ladders gathering wild honey,.  But it isn't until around 2600 BCE that we find  the earliest known evidence, in ancient Egypt, of actual beekeeping, the domestication of bees.    Beekeeping in Israel, according to archaeological findings, started around the 10th century BCE.  And, on my own little island of Malta (Greek name Melite, for honey) It is believed  that it was the Phoenicians,...

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The Honey Cake: Then and Now.

The Honey Cake: Then and Now.

Honey cakes go so far back in time that they can't be traced to a single source.  The culinary historian Gil Marks believes that the earliest cakes in the world, baked in the ancient Near East many millennia ago, were probably made of mashed legumes and honey. The ancient Egyptians made light cakes from honey-sweetened yeast dough, and the Romans baked barley loaves with honey, raisins, pine nuts, and pomegranate seeds, in addition to honeyed cheesecakes. The first ever reference to honey cake in history appears in the tomb of Ramesses II: it is a drawing of a cake that...

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The Great Feasts of Passover and Easter, April 2022

The Great Feasts of Passover and Easter, April 2022

Spring has sprung, calendar-wise at least, the birds have been singing and the daffodils have emerged out of the cold ground, but the weather itself has not settled down yet and even yesterday there were snow flurries coming down.   One hopes that this is just winter's last hurrah, and that, as they tell us, this is about to change for the better by the end of this week. Regardless, we're well into the Lenten season, and Passover and Easter are nigh upon us. The renewal of nature that comes with spring echoes the promise of redemption inherent in these two...

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PANCAKE DAY (SHROVE TUESDAY): March 1, 2022

PANCAKE DAY (SHROVE TUESDAY): March 1, 2022

 In these days of rising prices, it seems prudent to try to squeeze every last bit of nutrition we can out of our food, and for this reason it makes sense to me to review a couple of recipes we already have on our website here. Both of these recipes amp up the "health" factor by using two different techniques: the first by letting the batter soak overnight or longer, and the second by using a souring process in making the batter.   To different degrees, both these techniques are effective at  improving digestibility by breaking down the phytic acid which...

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