Who doesn’t love pancakes?
I can’t believe how quickly Pancake Day has come around again and as usual, we’ll be devouring a mountain of the yummy treats in our house.
But did you know that pancakes were originally invented as a way of using up all the leftover fatty and rich foods before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday?
Or that the name Shrove Tuesday comes from “shrive”, meaning absolution for your sins by doing penance?
Though maybe (like me!) you’re not really worried about the meaning of the day or where its name came from – just about what topping you’ll be dribbling down your chin on Tuesday!
It’s all great fun and our family likes nothing better than to get together in the kitchen and try to perfect that professional flick of the wrist with the pan to deliver an amazing pancake somersault – and the dogs love that bit too just in case the pancake misses the pan altogether!
But with all the distractions going on, Pancake Day can be a risky time too.
There are hot pans and sizzling pancake mixture everywhere you turn – a potent combination – and with most fires starting in the kitchen at the best of times, it’s clear that Tuesday will bring an even higher risk than usual.
And tucking into those tasty pancakes can mean it’s easy to leave the pan on the heat once the hard work’s done without realising your mistake.
I know health and safety is never a popular topic to talk about, but it’s one that needs considering – just keep a close eye on your pancake celebrations to make sure the whole family stays safe.
That way, the worst result you can have on the night is tummy ache from a belly full of pancakes.
Speaking of which, did you know that in America they call Pancake Day “Mardi Gras” – which in French means “Fat Tuesday” mainly because they’re using up the fatty foods before Lent?
Now I don’t know about you, but I think “Fat Tuesday” sounds like the perfect way to brighten up every week of the year, never mind just the week before Lent!
Happy flipping everyone!