Sunday, 22 February 2015

Pancake Day

Last Tuesday was Pancake Day (also known as Shrove Tuesday) in the UK. It falls on the day before Ash Wednesday which is the first day of Lent and the date varies between February and March because Shrove Tuesday is always 47 days before Easter, and Easter itself varies. The meaning behind Pancake Day is that since Lent is traditionally the period when you abstain from things (e.g. give up certain foods/fast or stop drinking alcohol) you would enjoy something nice before then and also use up the food in your house by making pancakes. (In particular food you're not allowed during Lent). This day is called "Shrove" because it's a variation of "Shrive" which means either to confess sins or to be absolved from them. (Actually it most likely means both).

Although Shrove Tuesday is now related to Christianity it was originally a pagan festival. (Like quite a few Christian events). In Eastern Europe the people believed that pancakes symbolised the sun and that eating them helped overcome winter and move into spring. The Slavic god Jarilo was worshipped at this time. He is the god of spring, vegetation and fertility. He sounds similar to the Green Man and the Celtic Sun God Lugh.

Pancake Day is also celebrated in Ireland, Canada and Australia. In France and the USA this day is Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday).

I made some pancakes with Nutella. I got the idea from  a blog but made my own recipe, a basic recipe that my mum uses. I only ended up having one in the end because the Nutella made it quite rich! The pancakes came out better than the ones I made for Imbolg, lol. They are English pancakes which are bigger and thinner than American ones. They're more like the type called crepes in other countries.

Here's a link to the blog with the Nutella recipe. It's in Dutch but you can translate it with Google Translate:

Alternatively you can follow my recipe below. :)

Plain pancake

And with Nuella


Makes about 4 (I usually have 2)


3oz plain flour
1 egg
Good pinch salt
Enough milk to make mix into batter (can vary depending on how thick you want them) 

1. Mix  all ingredients together until mixture is smooth and the consistency you want.

 2. Put little bit of oil into frying pan (enough to line).

3. Pour a good spoonful of batter into pan, move it around so it covers base of pan.

4. When pancake starts to bubble turn it over (flip if you can!) and cook on other side.

5. Serve however you like, with lemon and sugar, Nutella, jam etc. :)

For more on Pancake Day visit this link:

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