[FHCx40] Pancake Tuesday/National Bagels and Lox Day/National Pizza Day

AAAAGH TOO MANY HOLIDAYS

IT’S PANCAKE TUESDAY AND BAGELS AND LOX DAY AND ALSO PIZZA DAY!

Alright. So a lot of days are rolled up into one. And you’re probably asking how and why, and most especially “how did SPAK handle all this?” Well we’ll get to that second part in a bit. Why is this day so overloaded? Two words: MARDI. GRAS.

That’s right, everybody puts together their own take on how to get fat on Fat Tuesday. While everyone else will be giving stuff up for Lent, SPAK doesn’t observe such holidays. But we do have to observe the somewhat-unreasonable binge celebration of the day before the self-affliction… just without the self-affliction.

Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Paczki Day, whatever you want to call it, is celebrated worldwide with a number of different variations. But pretty much all of them call on one specific thing: sweet, fried, doughy things. We decided to opt for the secondary name of the holiday, Pancake Tuesday, and made pancakes for breakfast!

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Nothin’ like having anĀ AK make breakfast for you on a busy morning.

We once again used the Kodiak mix from Blueberry Pancake Day to make sure that our morning was protein-fueled and under control calorie-wise. A really tasty breakfast!

The next challenge was putting together a dinner plan. How will the Jewish Bagels-n-Lox combat the Catholic Pancakes of our morn? And how do we get the Italians to weigh in?

BAGELS AND LOX. BAGEL PIZZAS. LET’S DO DIS.

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Bruegger’s Bagels (of course) with a bit of sauce, mozzarella, and some Hormel Turkey Pepperoni (an awesome item to keep around for nibbles!)

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Baked crispy and tasty. These bagels make awesome pizza bases.

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Nova Scotia Salmon Lox from Lund’s & Byerly’s and some Bruegger’s Light Plain cream cheese

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This is such a beautiful plate that I just can’t even.

Bruegger’s Bagels are some of the best that we have access to in the midwest. Unlike our fancy friends in NYC who have access to the real business all the time, we take our bagels as New York-style as we can. Throw on some shmear and lox and we’re a happy couple.

Frankly, today was awesome. We usually eat bagels twice a year: once on the Yom Kippur break-fast, and once on our family’s Memorial Day picnic. That really keeps us away from chomping too many carbs as bagels disappear quickly when in our presence. So getting to eat a bagel is treated very sacred. It was fun to put all of this together!

Tomorrow we’ll mellow out a bit and celebrate with some Cream Cheese Brownies!

-SPAK

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