These Honey Persimmon Crêpes with a tasty amber-coloured sauce is a delicious way to welcome the approaching spring.
Hello everyone. Welcome March, too. The meteorological spring is here. The astronomical spring will be with us in just 3 weeks. Yay to this! Let’s all make these Honey Persimmon Crepes and celebrate.
I am not being too optimistic, though. The thing is that the winter in Nova Scotia has been relatively mild compared to what our neighbours experienced. And while I am 100% ready for spring (I was ready on January 2nd!), there’s still a possibility a winter storm hits us many times. Last year we had frosts at the beginning of June which affected crops badly. So, don’t put away your winter
Let’s talk traditions and holidays for a moment now.
Have you heard of a holiday named Maslenitsa? Maslenitsa, also known as Butter Week, Crepe Week, or Cheesefare Week, is an old Eastern Slavic religious and folk holiday. According to some archeological evidence, it could be the oldest surviving Slavic holiday which was known at least in the 2nd century A.D.
It fells on the last week before Great Lent, so it’s also a movable feast. And guess what? It starts on March 4th this year!
Maslenitsa has its origin in the pagan tradition celebrating the imminent end of the winter; it’s a sun-festival celebration. And like many festivals, this holiday doesn’t last for only one day. In fact, Maslenitsa is celebrated for an entire week. I am not sure about these days, but originally each day had its traditional activity. For instance, Monday was named the “Lady Maslenitsa” as the community would build the Maslenitsa scarecrow out of the straw and colourful flammable materials. On Wednesdays, sons-in-law would visit their mother-in-law. On Thursday’s folks would have outdoor activities such as ice skating, snowball fights, and sleigh rides. The last day of the festival was called “Forgiveness Sunday” when people would ask each other for forgiveness. The culmination of the celebration would be…burning the “Lady Maslenitsa” in a bonfire. That’s a good way to celebrate the “Forgiveness Sunday”, right? :)
But the best part of Maslenitsa is its food. The most characteristic food of it is bliny – thin kind of pancakes or thick crêpes. Symbolically, a crêpe was associated with Sun and the upcoming Spring! Did I mention that people would be eating crêpes every single day throughout the Maslenitsa Week? Seven. Days. Of. Eating. Crêpes. Sounds crazy, right? Back to those times, activities throughout the festive week combined with the followed
How cool is that?
While I am not challenging you to eat crepes for the entire week, I encourage you to try these delicious Honey Persimmon Crepes. And dear winter, please be nice and don’t overstay our welcome.