Will you be making pancakes? What's your fave recipe?
Pancake Day is a Pagan festival to symbolise the return of the Sun. The large golden round cakes represent the sun and by eating them you are supposed to be soaking up the warmth and the energy of the sun. The first pancake out of the pan was often left on the windowsill for the spirits of the ancestors.
Like most other Pagan festivals, the Christians hijacked it, and then called it Shrove Tuesday. You are supposed to repent or something if you are a Christian. I'll just be eating the pancakes!
60g (2oz) plain flour Pinch of salt 1 medium egg 175ml (6fl oz) milk Oil, for frying
1. Tip the flour into a bowl and stir in the salt. Lightly beat together the egg and milk. Pour over the flour mixture, a little at a time, whisking it well, to give a smooth pancake batter.
2. Heat a frying pan and very lightly grease the base of it with a piece of kitchen paper dipped in oil. Pour a thin layer of batter over the base of the pan. Cook it until the edges start to curl back. Either toss the pancake, or use a palette knife to loosen it around the edges and then use the palette knife to help flip it over.
3. Cook the pancake briefly on this side, then slide it out on to a plate. Place a sheet of kitchen paper on top. Cook the rest of the mixture in the same way.
4. Keep the pancakes warm if serving hot and get loads of ideas for pancake fillings here:
Yep, Firefox is correct about he origin of "Pancake Day". I'm a mix of pagan and christian and manythingselse, and like the old pancakes at varied odd times round the year. So quick and easy!
From what I can gather, there was some other motivation as well in the early days: something to do with using up all the old "winter's flour" so that there would be no mixing with the eventual new at the othe end of "summer". Apparently, 'twas a battle to prevent fermentation and creepy crwalies in the old days.
Anyway, happy eating!
btw, I'm a great believer and user of honey. I hated the stuff for years; it evenmade me vomit or have terrific pains in the belly. After learning the benefits of it, I forced myself for 18 months to take a spoonful each morning. Eventually, it did its work and cleared out much of the poisons within. 'Twas these that was making me sick!
Yes, I know that chemically 'tis the same as sugar, but honey has magical properties. Honey can NEVER go off. Sure, it changes physically and sometimes looks sh ite, but it never deteriorates. About the only physical thing in the world that doesn't.
On the other hand, I did a few experiments and foun out that it encourages the "coming out of bacteria". Well, that's what I called the mouldy life that appeared. All I did was mix the last bit in the jar with an inch of water and leave it alone with the lid on. I tried it with water from five different water authorites, ranging from Thames Water to Severn Trent.
In EVERY case, the green/blue mould developed! 'Tis from the water not the honey.
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