Shrove Tuesday almost didn’t happen this year due to the kitchen fire, but I’m sure glad it did!
While making pancakes I learned a lot. For instance, nonstick spray makes things go a lot smoother, directions on the pancake mix are just suggestions and aprons aren’t just for looks. I had blast making pancakes with everyone, and judging by the amount of pancakes I saw being eaten I would say we did a pretty good job.
After everyone was full of pancakes it was time for the talent show. I’m proud to say that LCM really brought some talent to the table. Ben shared some Walterboro stories, Allen wowed the crowd with a song, and the twins of LCM came together to amaze with some twin tricks. My personal favorite talent shared was from Gina who taught us all how to be awkward, and had the whole place cracking up!
Shrove Tuesday was a neat experience because instead of LCM being the ones treated to dinner, we got to make dinner for everyone that usually takes care of us. It was great to hang out with the congregation, share our talents and of course eat pancake!
On Monday night, February 4th, about six LCM students gathered in the downstairs kitchen along with a few of Clemson's Turkish graduate students. After a bit of a rough start finding and acquiring all of the necessary kitchen appliances to make the pudding, we began the night chopping apricots and other fruit. The Turkish students ground the nuts and mixed the rest of the ingredients, like a variety of beans, to make Noah's Pudding.
Noah's Pudding is not a typical pudding. It is a Turkish recipe which includes beans, nuts, sugar, and fruit. It is a Turkish tradition to hand it out to your neighbors on the Day of Ashure. Everyone worked together to successfully put together hundreds of cups on the pudding. Then Tuesday, after Harcombe lunch, we met up with the Turkish students again to distribute the pudding to our fellow Clemson Tigers on Library Bridge and in the Hendrix Student Center. After a few hours, all the cups were gone along with our brochures that described both the pudding and the Turkish tradition.
The best part of Noah's Pudding, aside from getting to try the dessert itself, was talking with the Turkish students. They told us about their customs and we got to tell them about where we come from and how we do things. We got to compare our backgrounds and listen to their stories about how they adjusted to life in America. It was really interesting talking to them. At the end of the event, they invited us to see The Whirling Dervishes, traditional Turkish dancers, at Furman University so that we can learn even more about their culture.