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Andi smiling at the camera, holding a mug in both hands. Andi has red and black hair, two visible facial piercings and they are wearing a black sleeveless top and jeans. They are seated in a white chair against a black background. Andi's visible tattoo is of a vampire angel and is on their left upper arm
February 25, 2022
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Today’s blog takes a look at the diversity of tastes and opinions. A topical romp through the concept of acceptance. I invite you to think what our world could be like if we respected everyone has opinions about bodies, about people, about love and that no one opinion can ever be the right one.

Pancakes come in all shapes and sizes, and we still love them

Have you ever stopped to marvel at the variety of pancakes? I invite you to take a moment to reflect on the wondrous shapes, sizes, flavours and satiation which can be achieved through the mixing of a few simple ingredients.

Elegant simplicity

Flour, milk (from a surprising variety of sources) + a binding agent. Let it chill for a couple of hours and then splat! onto a hot surface for cooking magic. Everything else is up to you.

A personal pancake perspective

The family classic

I used to think I was a classic pancake person – I grew up with the special pancake pan. The perfect pan was truly flat, it did not rise in the middle and burn parts of the pancake. We rolled ours and put sugar and lemon on them. Cooking and flipping a matter of refined precision. Perfect pancakes celebrated in the moment, flipping catastrophes remembered in family lore.

Developing pancake awareness

Then I went out into the world, and I met other pancake eaters, pancake makers, pancake aficionados and pancake haters. My first intersection with the diversity of pancakes and plethora of opinions about said pancakes. Under the opprobrious gaze of people with superior knowledge of pancakes my untutored self shrank. I withered under received criticism of my simple sugar and lemon pancake. How could I know that others preferred different, more complex confections?

A smorgasbord of pancake delights

The world turned; more pancake diversity entered my realm of understanding.

I came to appreciate watching the skills of a crêperie chef, catering at a festival. To enjoy a pannekoek on a trip to Amsterdam after graduation. I even, gasp, shared a meal with a friend who chose a chocolate and banana filling for their dinner pancake at a restaurant.

Pancake history

As we leave LGBTQ+ History month readers may want to continue feasting on knowledge of times and cultures past. Our ancestors were as keen on a quick meal, easily varied, as we are today.

My powers of Google tell me humans were making pancakes 30,000 years ago. From China to Greece people 2000 years ago were experimenting with the best methods of cooking, the best combination of fillings. Regional and cultural preferences arose. The Romans enjoyed their pancakes sweetened with honey, the Elizabethans ate them flavoured with spices, rosewater, sherry, and apples.

The pancake enlightenment

Over the years my tastes have changed, I still enjoy the perfection of the second pancake from the pan lightly dusted with sugar and drizzled with lemon, but nothing surpasses the joy of a mushroom and cheese crepe. Sometimes there are even glorious meals when I can enjoy first my savoury crepe and then my sweet one.

How do you take yours?

Pancakes come in all shapes and sizes. None of our opinions on pancakes can be only correct one, they are just our personal preference. It is a lovely world to live in where all pancakes are enjoyed equally.

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