Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day

Today is Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day as we often call it here in the UK. It's the last day for indulgence before Lent and abstinence by giving up things (wonder what should I give up-any suggestions ?).

Now I haven't made pancakes for years so having no pictures to share I had a little delve into Sam's archives to see if I could find one. I didn't find what I was looking for, but I came across this post from 2005.
Reading about her memory of our pancake days when she and Beccy were children prompted me to get out the recipe book and beat up some batter.

True to tradition the first one was not brilliant but the second one turned out fine and I even tossed it with no trouble (wish I could have got a photo)!
Squeeze with lemon and add a sprinkling of sugar- yummy.

The basic batter recipe came from my Marguerite Patten's Every Day Cook Book.
It will enlarge so that you can read and I notice it has lots of batter splashes on this page, but then I've had this cookery book since 1966 and it's much loved and well used.

If it's Mardi Gras that you are celebrating then I wish you a wonderful day. If like us you are having pancakes enjoy.

Related Posts:
Shrove Tuesday 2008

2008: Memories
2007: Requiem for an Old Friend

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At 24/2/09 20:22, Blogger Rantz said...

It's good to know that others have a tradition of second pancake being the good one. :D

At 24/2/09 20:30, Blogger Sam said...

I am having a pancake dinner party tonight.

Stuffed wholewheat pancakes for main course and something sweet for dessert. Maybe sour cherries and chocolate sauce.

At 24/2/09 20:47, Blogger ChrisB said...

rantz I really don't understand why this happens.

sam have fun and I hope you blog about it afterwards.

At 24/2/09 20:55, Blogger Barbara said...

They look nice and lacy Chris.

At 24/2/09 22:30, Blogger Beccy said...

We had pancakes with lemon and sugar....in our house that's the only way to eat them!

At 24/2/09 22:44, Blogger the mother of this lot said...

I'm a lemon and sugar girl too! (That's if I actually get one, which isn't very often)!

At 24/2/09 22:47, Blogger WT said...

I just use the premix theses days, just add water and shake... so much easier.

At 24/2/09 22:53, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a great pancake fan, but being on a diet I skipped that & most Fat Tuesday food.
I read your comments, lemon & sugar, not a way I'd ever heard......I will try that in the future. ~Mary

At 24/2/09 23:12, Blogger ChrisB said...

Mary thanks for dropping by; I should not really be eating pancakes either which is why this is the first time I've made them in years!

beccy it's the way we always had them when you were young.

WT it really only takes a few mins to beat egg and milk into flour with a pinch of salt. Ok so you get a bit less washing up.

MoTL that used to be me when I had children at home.

Barbara I did think they looked like lace doilies. LOL

At 25/2/09 02:23, Blogger WT said...

what about the bicarbonate, and all the measuring?

At 25/2/09 04:56, Blogger kitten said...

Never heard of Pancake day till I did a trivia tonight, then I came over here and there it is. Sounds really awsome~
I make homemade pancakes a lot. My kids like chocolate chip panycakes.
Girly, it's so good to hear from you and catch up on your life. I sure have missed you~!

At 25/2/09 05:35, Anonymous Kila said...

I did end up making pancakes for supper for my boys, LOL. Served with fruit and meat on the side. And coconut syrup on the pancakes.

At 25/2/09 08:44, Blogger Rantz said...

is going to try this recipe on Satdee morn. What can I replace the lard with?

I reckon the splotches are signs of a well loved recipe. (dance)

At 25/2/09 09:31, Blogger A Spot of T said...

I love pancakes. I swear I could eat them every single day, morning noon and night. I don't. But I sure could.

At 25/2/09 15:59, Blogger Anvilcloud said...

We sometimes remember Shrove Tuesday, but it slipped by us this year.

At 25/2/09 18:29, Blogger Debbie said...

Pancakes are my favourite breakfast food. And homemeade one are the best.
Once in awhile I treat my kids and put chocolate chips in them.

At 26/2/09 02:08, Anonymous jettied said...

yum yum..Lovecakes!! they look delic!! gonna try this recipie!!

At 26/2/09 12:52, Blogger Steffi said...

Yummy!I like pancakes but here we say "Plinsen" for it....okay it´s german ;O))!

At 27/2/09 00:38, Blogger Ari_1965 said...

But where's the maple syrup?

At 16/3/09 12:18, Blogger wendishness said...

We've always had pancakes on Shrove Tuesday as well, love it, though I will have them other times too.

Here's a tip though, when you mix your pancake batter, do it at least two hours before cooking and let it bubble a bit, makes a great difference in the taste and texture!


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