Today is Shrove Tuesday
, or Pancake Tuesday, as we like to call it.
Wikipedia says: The word shrove is a past tense of the English verb "shrive," which means to obtain absolution for one's sins by confessing and doing penance. Shrove Tuesday gets its name from the shriving (confession) that Anglo-Saxon Christians were expected to receive immediately before Lent.
We were not a religious family, but I grew up eating pancakes on this day every year and I kind of like the tradition. So it's pancakes for dinner tonight, or rather crepes, since living in Europe makes one just so
cultured and sophisticated. Ha ha.
oh la la!
In Germany, Rosenmontag
, the day before Shrove Tuesday, is the big event, the highlight of the Karneval
season. Sort of a German Mardi Gras with costumes, parades and parties everywhere.
Among the traditional Karneval party foods and beverages like Krapfen
(jelly doughnuts) and beer, beer and more beer, you'll often find these cookies, called Amerikaner.
They are cake-like with the icing on the flat side instead of on top and are usually decorated with coloured sprinkles or small candies.
There are a couple of theories as to how the cookie got its name, the first explanation being the most probable.
is an abbreviation of Ammoniumhydrogencarbonatikaner
in reference to the leavening agent ammonium bicarbonate once used to make them.
2) The famous New York black and white cookie was imported from the U.S. to Germany in the 50's and because the Germans had trouble pronouncing the name, the cookie was christened Amerikaner
Believe what you like, these taste really great and kids just love them. Here's the recipe
I used (in German) with some cute pictures.
Northern Germany doesn't really go in for huge events as they do in more southerly regions, but the boys' school celebrated Karneval
as they call it in this area) yesterday in the lower grades. Boy11 got dressed up in his best hippie outfit.
Which way to Woodstock, man?
Labels: Amerikaner, Carnival, Karneval, Pancake Tuesday, Rosenmontag, Shrove Tuesday