Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Buns and Giving Up...

There is absolutely no way you can have failed to notice that yesterday was Pancake Day.
Everyone in the World (or, at the very least, on the Internet) seems to be telling us how to make, fill and eat pancakes...
Given that you all already know all these things as well as I do, quite likely better, I'm not going to tell you anything else, other than that I ate far too many of them last night, that I regret not eating them more often and that they are delicious.
Instead, I'm going to tell you that I've been honouring pancake day, or, if you don't want to play pancakes, mardi gras by making tasty semla (or semlor - there seems to be some disagreement) which are the cardamommy, almondy cream buns that Swedish people like to eat to use up their illegal eggs, milk and flour before Lent.

Don't they look nice (despite office iPhone photos)?

In a *wee* break with tradition, I'm going to take them to work tomorrow, as I've been at college today, where there are far fewer people to force feed baked goods to.

As usual, post pancakes this year, I shall be trying to give up some (very mundane and usual) things for Lent.

Please all shout encouraging/nagging heckles from the gallery if I seem to be slipping:

1. Chocolate
2. Sweets
3. Cake
4. Biscuits (sweet and savoury)
5. Nuts (ok if *in* things, but not as a main ingredient) - both salty and non salty - this includes peanut butter
6. Diet Coke (this is the big one, obviously)
7. Booze - kind of. Husband has given up booze for a month (almost, but not entirely, coinciding with Lent) and so I mostly have too, due to a mixture of solidarity and the desire to keep things simple.*

And, as always, I shall try to be a Better Person and do a Good Deed every day.

Send me (and, in the case of the decaffeination, those around me) good willpower thoughts :)

* There are a few agreed-in-advance exceptions to these, where I'm already booked in to do something where the given up items may be absolutely unavoidable. Not many, though - maybe even only one...


  1. The semla look lush. Good luck on giving up all those things. I once gave up all caffeine for two weeks because apparently I have a "Diet Coke problem" - it was some of the darkest weeks of my life.

    1. I HAVE A DIET COKE PROBLEM *cries*.

      I've done it a couple of times before.
      The first three or four days are painful and the following week or two are very very sleepy.
      I'm not loving it so far :(