A major incident involving pancakes which occurred yesterday has been widely reported in virtually all major news outlets. Apparently, there was a massive argument on the TV show Big Brother about pancakes. I say “apparently”, because I don’t watch the show but it seems that a heated exchange has taken place between a couple of contestants over the desired thickness of pancakes which were being made. Which, of course, warrants widespread media coverage.
Firstly, I do think that the thickness of a pancake is important. But as a professional crepe chef with a mobile creperie specialising in wedding catering, I do have an interest in these things. So I do think the issue is important, but whether it is worth having an argument about in front of millions (well, thousands) of people, I’m not quite as sure.
Chelsea (that’s a contestant, not a London borough) said they were too thick (that’s the pancakes, not the housemates or viewers) and had a major tantrum about it. That’s about the extent of my knowledge of the incident (and I’d prefer to keep it that way). But does she/he have a point?
As has been covered elsewhere on this blog, one of the main differences between a crepe and a pancake is thickness. If what you are making veers into “thick” territory, you’ve probably got a pancake on your hands. If you can keep it thin, then you’re probably making a crepe (or crêpe if you like to use the circumflex).
So while Chelsea may be being derided as being a bit thick (that’s the contestant, not the football club or the London borough), she/he was actually making a pretty good point – though perhaps unintentionally.
So where does this leave us? Does the average Big Brother viewer or contestant really care about the definition of a crepe? I’m going to assume not. But what it does prove is that people can have very strong preferences as to the food they are eating – strong enough to have a televised tantrum about it.
Which brings us nicely to the subject of weddings. Imagine you are getting married. It’s pretty definite that you don’t want any tantrums at your wedding. You’ve decided you want crepes – because like Chelsea (still not the one in London) you’ve got great taste and you know they are a better bet than thick, gooey pancakes for your guests. You’ve sent Original Crêpes an email about hiring our mobile creperie to provide the dessert for your wedding breakfast and you are delighted with the quote. You go ahead and book us and that’s where your worries end. We take care of the rest. We provide as many crepes for your guests as they can eat. And you are guaranteed a tantrum-free wedding.