Today is Shrove Tuesday or to give it its more exciting name: Pancake Tuesday. That’s a reason for being joyful, because pancakes are wonderful things.
In case anyone cares, the term “Shrove” comes from the term “to shrive” which means to forgive sins. Our ancient British ancestors, Roman Catholics, went to church, confessed their wrongdoings to the priest and were shriven. They then had to use up the filling food items in their home, before they embarked on a fast for Lent, the forty day period leading up to the most important feast in the Christian calendar: Easter.
In York, in the depths of the Merchant Adventurer’s Hall, they keep the old Pancake bell, which was rung every year on Shrove Tuesday.
By today’s standards, it might be likened to eating all the chocolate before embarking on a week long detox. Perhaps. I wouldn’t know. I don’t do detoxing. Or fasting for that matter. But I do make pancakes.
Fellow storyteller Adrian Spendlow is a master pancake maker. So I asked him for his recipe and any secrets….
Adrian Spendlow’s Recipe for Pancakes
The secret is to make it eggy!
- 2 eggs
- a dollop of flour
- a pinch of bicarbonate soda
- a splash of milk
Break the eggs into the flour, bicarbonate soda and milk, all mixed together. Add water until it is thicker than soup.
Poke at the edges to free them as they cook, then once it isn’t runny in the middle, shake the pan to make sure it is moving.
Then flip! (Or for cowardly people, flip it with a fish slice!)
(N.B. the first one is always rubbish…)