Sunday, May 4, 2008

Pure Happiness...


We just can't wait to try the maple syrup from Cecelia's trees...

Edited later on: For those of you who don't know, you can't get maple syrup in Russia. Well, it is sold at some of the foreign grocery stores, but it's insanely expensive--so we don't buy it. Maple syrup really is a North American "thing;" other people have never even heard of it. I used to laugh thinking of all the families in Europe who routinely hosted students from my college while they studied abroad; one poor family in Rome ended up with twelve bottles of Vermont maple syrup--syrup they had no idea how to use, since pancakes also aren't a European staple. Chris just brought back from the USA the syrup that's on these pancakes here; you can read about that trip below.

10 comments:

HRH said...

Nothing better than that. period.

Rachael said...

Looks delicious.

My mom just brought more syrup this weekend. Apparently the freeze/thaw cycle of this winter led to a good yield of premium light syrup this year. The stuff sells for something like $16 a pint!

Tina in CT said...

It's in the frig waiting for you and the girls and Grandma Streusel pancakes and Swedish oven pancakes.

Anonymous said...

Stop by when you are in Connecticut.
We tapped few of our maples trees this spring. And it is true and strange - this winter was warm and we did not have a lot of snow - but the sap run well. We did miss the first (and the best to my taste) week, but still it is in the fridge.
Olga

kate said...

Those pancakes look like American pancakes. ;>

Our Stockman CLOSED while they build a new one. So now we can't even indulge in those just-must-have-it moments.

I've got some maple syrup in the fridge. Great Christmas present from a student!

Annie said...

I sent some Moscow friends some maple sugar candy (in the form of little leaves). Reminded me, fondly, of Little House in the Big Woods, and I figured that at least it was charming and different.

nates5bs said...

How funny that you blogged this. We've been wondering every day at breakfast here in Murmansk when they are going to put out maple syrup for the "pancakes." I guess we'll give up on that dream, huh?

We're also wondering why everyone wears high-heeled boots--even in the snow. Can you answer that one for us?

-nates5bs

nates5bs said...

I should clarify--all of the WOMEN wear high-heeled boots!

Also wonder if you can tell us where we can get wooden blocks with the Russian alphabet on them. We can only find plastic ones at the toy stores here.

-nates5bs

Nataliya said...

Looks very yummy :)

Christine said...

How about imitation maple syrup? Isn't that available in Russia? I personally don't like the real thing. Your picture looks yummy!