Rachel Bennett

On the Way to Olney

In Food on March 8, 2011 at 08:48

Happy Shrove Tuesday!

Yes, it’s here folks. Otherwise known as Pancake Tuesday or Fat Tuesday, it is the day on which (in case you haven’t figured it out by now) those of a Christian persuasion traditionally gorged themselves silly on pancakes slathered no doubt with butter and cream. As dairy products were forbidden during the 40 day lenten fast, this was the feast before the famine, the last opportunity for a religiously sanctioned binge on all that luscious milk-rich bovine goodness.

To celebrate, some friends an I are heading northwest of London to Olney, Buckinghamshire to watch an enduring, typically eccentric tradition that takes place annually in this village. Full details of this delightful absurdity will follow.

For the trip we need provisions. So I’ve baked a highly unorthodox kings cake, demonstrably not of Luisiana origin. But it contains the requisite bean, so there.

It is a lemon rosemary olive oil cake. Vegan, for my friend.

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