"For Breakfast there were pancakes, and Ma made a pancake man for each one of the children. Ma called each one in turn to bring her plate, and each could stand by the stove and watch, while with the spoonful of batter Ma put on the arms and the legs and the head. It was exciting to watch her turn the whole little man over, quickly and carefully, on a hot griddle. When it was done, she put it smoking hot on the plate."
Taken from Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
(Illustration by Garth Williams)
There are some memories that vividly stay with you from childhood; I was one of those children who were always reading and had a vivid imagination often sparked by something I had recently read. I first read the Little House Series, which tell the story of a little girl and her family growing up as Pioneers on the untamed Prairie in America almost a hundred and fifty years ago, when I was about nine. I was captivated by not only the stories of bravery and adventure but also by the amazing illustrations that fitted so well with the text.
|Falling apart but still readable after thirty years!|
One of these memories was of the pancake men made by Ma as described above. Every year I try and recreate one but it seems I am not skilled in the art of pancake men making. If Ma can make one in her log cabin on her hot griddle then surely I can make one on my gas hob in my warm 1950's house. This however is about the best I came up with this afternoon:
It looks more pancake man after I have added the face which I know will make my little boys laugh!
I have just started reading "Farmer Boy" by the same author to my eight and nine year old, it tells the story of Laura's husband growing up in New York in the 1860's and he is about nine in the book. It's been far too long since I actually read them a story and I think I probably am enjoying it much more than they are!
Happy Shrove Tuesday! Can you make a pancake man?