Throughout Ireland and in many other countries, the day before Ash Wednesday – Shrove Tuesday – is commonly known as Pancake Day. This day is celebrated before the beginning of Lent, the fasting time up to Easter. We learn from the historians, that on Shrove Tuesday everybody used up the supplies of fat, butter and eggs. These foods were forbidden during austere Lent. To make pancakes was the best way to do so!
How much can you eat? Try on your own, make up for it this year by gorging yourself until you’ve got pancake batter coming out your ears.
200ml milk from West Cork pastures, mixed with 75ml sparkling water
- Sift flour into a mixing bowl.
- Make a well in the centre of the flour and break the eggs into it
- Whisk well
- Slowly add the milk and water, whisking as you go
- Cook in a pan over a medium heat
- Sugar and lemon juice. It is vitally important that the juice be from a plastic lemon. Otherwise it may as well be any other day of the week because it’s just not Pancake Tuesday without plastic lemon.
- Nutella. Nothing else. Okay, maybe ice cream. You’ll be bouncing off the walls for days.
- Bacon and maple syrup. Friend in work gave me a bottle of maple syrup from Canada, since all I seem to be able to find in Dublin is maple-flavored Golden Syrup.
- Blueberries. Awesome when they’re dropped into the batter as it cooks in the pan.