Given that this year, Pancake Tuesday fell on the same day as International Women’s Day, it just meant there were a lot of women celebrating the day by flipping pancakes! Hundreds of pancakes! Both days have historical and important links.
International Women’s Day was initially started in the early 1900’s but was officially recognised as an organisation in 1911 – which means it celebrates 100 years this year. It is a global celebration highlighting the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some countries such as China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday – (perhaps we should campaign for that holiday here).
Pancake Tuesday, also known as Shrove Tuesday, is traditionally held on the day before Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent which is a time of abstinence, of fasting. Therefore, Shrove Tuesday was a great opportunity not only to use all the surplus eggs, milk and flour (which used to be banned during Lent) but also to have one last indulgence before the rigours of Lent. Lent leads up to and culminates on Easter Sunday. Because Shrove Tuesday always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday, the date varies from year to year although it usually falls between 3rd February and the 9th March.
This is an old trustworthy recipe for pancakes:
INGREDIENTS: 8oz Flour, pinch of salt, 2 eggs, 600mls milk (with 2 tablespoons of oil added to it)
METHOD: Put the flour and salt in a bowl and add the eggs – gradually add half the milk – until the batter is smooth and lump free and then add the rest of the milk. (I find that in our house, I double this recipe and it just about gives everyone enough.)
We also seem to be the only family who uses sugar and cinamon as a topping!? I always thought that everyone used that topping as a default until the kids told me at school no-one knows what cinamon is! Apparently, Nutella is the business on a pancake. What is your favourite toppping? Does anyone else out there also use cinamon?