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Pancake Day Treats!
Traditionally this is the start of lent, when we eat all our fatty foods in order to avoid such temptation for the next 6 weeks before hogging out on Easter Eggs. Or, going further back in history, it’s when we eat all the perishables before the spring harvest … either way, it’s a great excuse to grab a frying pan, fire up the hob and cook yourself a treat for breakfast, lunch and tea!
Mardi Gras is s French for "Fat Tuesday" (our Shrove Tuesday) and refers to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting for lent – so, if you’re feeling a bit outlandish today, grab you colourful feathers and start a parade of deliciousness through your kitchen!
It’s not just about Pancakes either – here in the north we don’t do things by halves.
Scarborough celebrates Pancake Day by closing the foreshore to all traffic, closing schools early, and inviting all to skip along the main road. Traditionally, long ropes were used from the nearby harbour. Celebrations are started by the town crier ringing the pancake bell.
While in Whitechapel, Lancashire, the local kids keep the local tradition alive by visiting local households and asking "please a pancake", to be rewarded with oranges or sweets. It is thought the tradition arose when farm workers visited the wealthier farm and manor owners to ask for pancakes or pancake fillings.
Although the humble pancake is usually a traditional affair, we here at Premier Range have found a few recipes that may offer you a different taste sensation this Shrove Tuesday.
1: American Breakfast Pancakes
Now, these are very popular here in the UK these days, I’m sure we can hold Homer Simpson responsible for that! Mind you, Nigella usually knows the score, so she could be helping us Brits Americanise our brekkies too. If you are lucky enough to have a griddle just drop that over 2 of the rings on your hob – if not, just use a flat bottomed pan.
2. Carrot Cake Pancakes
Again, you’ll be cooking on the hob (seems pancakes are never made in the oven – well, nearly, see below!). These delicious goodies are perfect for lunch – they are light, nutritious and won’t make you feel lethargic in the afternoon.
Yes, you read that right! Combining carrot Cake and Pancakes to make the ultimate healthy alternative to the traditional fare!
3: Parmesan Oven Pancake with Asparagus, Prosciutto and Buttermilk Blue
Now, it’s time to get naughty and indulge yourself for tea-time. Chill some wine, light the candles and treat someone special to a taste sensation. Plus, Asparagus is super good for you, so you can pretend it’s a healthy snack – actually, it is quite heathy, especially if you use wholemeal flour. Skillet on the hob and a pre-heated oven is all you’ll need to make this pancake Day a meal to remember.
If you just don’t feel the need to mess with the classics, then we also have a ‘proper’ pancake recipe for you here. It’s been Triple tested in the Woman's Weekly magazine kitchen – so you know it’s gonna be good, plus it only takes 5 minutes!
5: Star Wars Pancakes!
Yep, really! Check this out! Click here to see AMAZING Pancakes!
Like we said, fire up the hob and get your Pancake on!
News for Monday 02 February, 2015