In a Vase on Monday: Sugar and Lemons

Tomorrow is Pancake Day in the UK, and although the tradition of eating thin crepe-style pancakes on Shrove Tuesday does not seem to exist anywhere else in the world I have always made them wherever I have been – even when I lived in Japan I had a pancake party!

The traditional topping for these pancakes is lemon juice and sugar. Yes, there are plenty of other things you can put on your pancake, but not on Pancake Day. You can have maple syrup, nutella, bananas, etc any time of year. But tomorrow it’s simply lemon juice and sugar; the inspiration for the title for my vase this week…


Every Monday I join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden with her lovely meme where we are asked to find something from our garden and bring it indoors. Two days ago my first golden (lemony) crocus opened (Yippee!), so I knew I would have to bring some indoors.


The tiniest ‘vase’ I could find was a miniature salt sellar, and since I had two I decided to pick a few (sugary) snowdrops too, which also immediately opened once brought into the warm house. There are only a few – most are still too small to pick.


But these are not the only flowers I have this week. About three weeks ago I cut some Ribes sanguineum, remembering that when it is forced the normally deep pinky red flowers are white. In the course of the last week they have opened…

And another Amaryllis opened two days ago too – Amaryllis ‘Blossom Peacock’. A real beauty with a lovely straight stem.


I shall do a round-up of all my Amaryllis/Hippeastrums once they have all flowered. So far I have had one or two flowering constantly since November. ๐Ÿ™‚

Until Friday it had rained practically all week, so having flowers indoors is very cheering. I am looking forward to seeing a few more of my spring bulbs emerge this week, but first I am looking forward to my pancakes tomorrow. What will you have on yours? Sugar and lemon juice?


71 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Sugar and Lemons

  1. Hi Cathy, your photos look so warm and lively. As well as blossoms bring joy into our houses. Yellow and White remind me on the colours of the House of Guelph. Living in Lower Saxony we know a creme “Welfenspeise” in these colours.

    • I should have mentioned that the tradition invoves flipping the pancakes (without help of a spatula) in the pan… if the pancake remains intact it is good luck! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. The first time a vase on Monday has made my mouth water! Your little arrangements are cute…I shall have a go at picking some will be the first time for me.

    • The crocus opened immediately indoors, and lasted about three days. Definitely worth bringing them in as the weather was not brilliant again this week and I barely see them otherwise!

  3. Lemon and sugar for us. My son has put in a special request for pancakes for breakfast AND when they get home from school… Great theme for your lovely vases โ€“ those snowdrops are so pretty. Your Ribes is looking good too.

    • I hope you all had your fill of pancakes Sam. I never seem to make enough batter as I just love them, but I have now made a note on my new recipe for next year to increase the quantities! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Syrup and currants and lemon juice for me – old habits die hard!! And thank you so much for thinking out of the box today – your precious crocus and snowdrops are brilliantly staged with the lemon and sugar, enhanced by details of the pancake tradition. I love it!

    • That’s the first time I have heard of currants on pancakes Cathy! Hope you enjoyed them. ๐Ÿ™‚ Another Amaryllis called Lemon Star opened this week too, just to complete the theme!

  5. Look at all your flowers. I love the simple little crocus and snowdrops…nothing here and the cold weather is coming back.

    And no I had not heard of Pancake Day, but what a wonderful tradition…it sounds yummy with the lemon juice and sugar!

    • We have had mild temperatures all week and some more crocus and snowdrops are now appearing too. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am quite surprised that ‘Pancake Day’ is relatively unknown in the States. I suppose I just assumed it was adopted like so many other European traditions, like St Patrick’s Day or Halloween!

    • Hi Kris. We made a real meal of our pancakes and had them for lunch. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ll have to show the Ribes when it flowers outside in spring, and contrast it with these pale forced flowers.

  6. That is the tiniest little vase! Next to the lemon you really see how little it is. I love the arrangements this week, but that Amaryllis is just exquisite. And to think they’ve been blooming since November seems really amazing. I thought I’d tell you that our Episcopal church does have a Shrove Tuesday pancake dinner every year. Of course, the church is Anglican, so it definitely comes from the UK as a tradition. But you’ve informed me of something–I presumed it was a more widespread tradition around the world. LOL! I’m not planning to go to the dinner this year, though, so I think I’d like to make some at home. I’m glad for a little nudge in that direction, Cathy.

    • I thought Pancake Day would be fairly well-known in the US too, but it really does seem to be a purely British custom! I wonder if you made any pancakes Debra. We enjoyed ours for Shrove Tuesday lunch. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hi Eliza. We squeeze a little lemon juice over the pancakes, roll them up and then squeeze more juice on them and sprinkle sugar on top. I wish we had pancake day more often. They are so delicious! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Endearing little things, I probably should have brought in my crocuses too as the b….y blackbirds killed most of them. Is there bird rabies going round? Oh yes, lemon and sugar sound perfect for pancakes although it may not be the best for the teeth, I shall try it next time ๐Ÿ™‚

    • The birds were the reason I picked one, as the stem had been broken. When I saw how they open up indoors I immediately went out and picked a few more! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. What a great idea to pick a little bunch of crocus for the house. And you have reminded me that I haven’ t brought any flowering currant in yet. The weather is so awful this winter, with endless wind and rain, that I would like to pick my whole garden up and bring it inside. Enjoy your pancakes!

    • I believe it was you who told me the Ribes flowers are white when forced. I am so grateful for the tip as I can’t bring them indoors later in the year due to the strong fusty smell. The weather is also terrible here, so I will definitely bring in more crocus as they don’t open outdoors unless the sun shines.

  9. Your post gave me a smile, I love the sweet tiny flowers. I have a set of salt sellars that look almost the same. I now have another use for them. Lemon and sugar on pancakes sounds goodโ€ฆI use lemons so often.

  10. Cathy, thanks for introducing me to this custom. It sounds delicious. It’s clever of you to pull together such sweet little vases of flowers in the perfect colors to go with it. Even the heart-shaped cutting boards are inspired. Delightful.

  11. Oh how lovely Cathy – both your flowers and and the thought of pancakes. Your heart shaped boards make for well timed reading of this post. Here they were downed with stewed apples and creme fraiche.

    • That sounds good Anna. I have decided I should make pancakes more often, and it is traditional here to eat thick pancakes chopped up with icing sugar and apple compote! Definitely something for this season while I still have some of last year’s apple sauce in the freezer. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • We will be in the 60’s all this week I think so your good weather will head across the Atlantic shortly ๐Ÿ™‚

        • That is good to know Eunice! I am longing for a bit of warm sunshine so I can get out in the garden and do some tidying up! Have a great week!

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