When kids take advantage of Instagram.

‘Great news, Mum,’ announced Middle Daughter late last week.
‘Hmmmn?’ I might have had my head stuck in Instagram.
‘It’s Pancake Tuesday next week.’
‘Oh, great.’
‘And we’re off school so we can have pancakes All DAY LONG!’
‘OK.’ Like I said, Instagram.

The seed was sown. I got up on Tuesday morning and I made pancakes. I made pancakes ALL DAY LONG!


A workman was painting the wall at the front of our house and, feeling proud of my copious crêpe creation, I brought him a pancake with his three O’Clock cuppa.

‘It’s not Shrove Tuesday, is it?’ he enquired with a concerned frown, as if he should have been at mass or something.
‘It is!’ I replied wondering if he would judge me for not being at mass or something.

I got straight back to the cooker to stack up more pancakes for dinner.

Three crêpes later (time having become meaningless, my day portioned into piles of pancakes) my workman returned his tea tray with a smirk.

‘Your kids are having you on, Missus.’
‘Excuse me?’ Mother Lion, ready to leap.
‘I’ve asked five different people walking by and they all said Pancake Tuesday is next week.’

So, not only had my children fooled me, maintaining straight faces all day while they debated the virtues of chocolate/cream over jam/yogurt or lemon/sugar, I was pilloried across the neighbourhood as the woman who doesn’t even know what day of the year it is.

Happy Pancake Tuesday.

I clearly need to leave the house more often.

I repaid my children by layering up the dinner pancakes with salmon, steamed broccoli, béchamel sauce and a sprinkle of cheddar (half an hour at 180ºC). They were less than pleased but Husband and I agreed that the dish was a triumph. I’ll take my wins where I find them.

pancake lasagne with salmon and broccoli

While the kids have been a-lazing (and a-scheming) in front of the TV, I have been hard at work (ahem) reading books.

The Rituals of Dinner by Margaret Visser is a superb book, the sort that stays with you and changes the way you see the world. I wish I could make it required reading for schools, for parents, for politicians…for everyone who eats. Read my full review here.

The Rituals of Dinner, Margaret Visser, book review

I’ve read most of Robert Harris‘s books and always look forward to a new release but Conclave was a big disappointment. I had heard Harris interviewed and loved the idea of a novel based on the election of a new pope. He writes with great style but the plot went completely awry. The full review is here.

review: Robert Harris, Conclave.

Storm Doris  is still swirling around the garden in a most menacing fashion so I’m about make a massive cup of coffee and retire to bed with Kate Atkinson‘s Life After Life. It’s shockingly good.

(PS. The pantry is done but it’s been so dark, I can’t get any photos that do it justice. Next week, I promise!)

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20 thoughts on “When kids take advantage of Instagram.

  1. Good God woman you had me in a blind panic. I thought I’d missed my day of days …. I cannot tell you how relieved I am that I haven’t a) entirely lost the plot. Yet. And b) can indulge my disgraceful delight in pancakes, crepes stacks of wheat or call em what you will next Tuesday. That first book looks a treat to me …. I shall read your review diligently as ever (because I want to and because I like to) and thence probably nab a copy all of my very own (to balance on my overstuffed pancake filled belly whilst I lie on the sofa groaning in all likelihood)

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    1. I didn’t have space in my review for one interesting fact from the book (I could have rambled endlessly on this one): The English speak of manners in terms of how things ‘should’ be done whereas the French say ‘come il faut,’ how it MUST be done. The French, it seems, are more strict but also more egalitarian. I think you would find it fascinating!

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  2. Oh I LOVE it, you have made me laugh. Funnily enough I had a panic yesterday that I had missed pancake day. I was more worried that I had failed to give up something than that I had missed the pancakes. So, what will you be serving on pancake day..? CJ xx

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  3. Will your house be a pancake free zone next Tuesday or all pancakes served with a large portion of broccoli or spinach?! Your dinner looks delicious and has made me long for savoury stuffed pancakes.

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  4. 🙂 Got to love their sense of humour. I’d be tempted to make cauliflower pancakes on Tuesday (they’re meant to be quite tasty but rather a faff). Hope you’ve had a good spring break. x

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  5. We do not have a pancake Tuesday over here, (at least not in my little world) but I am thinking that I can fix that…LOL a day full of yummy pancakes….no problem with me….love you got the kids in the end….and straight faced all day too…LOL

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    1. It’s the day before Ash Wednesday, same as Fat Tuesday or Carnivale. But, any day is a good day for pancakes! I have borned your eggy pancake recipe in mind (it’s written into my handwritten recipe book) and now add more eggs to all my pancakes. The kids are very grateful to you!


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