Shrove Tuesday marks the day before the beginning of Lent in the Christian calendar. Traditionally it was the day that all the fat in the household was used up prior to fasting.
Pancakes were believed to be a symbol of good luck as they contain herbs and other ingredients associated with prosperity and longevity.
The ingredients, of the pancake, symbolise four crucial points of significance at this time of year:
Flour -The staff of life
Salt - wholesomeness
Our friends came round to our house to make pancakes. First they had to half all the quantities of ingredients on the recipe sheet.
We added grated orange peel for zesty pancakes, and golden syrup to the rest for luxury pancakes.
The world's largest pancake was cooked in Rochdale in 1994, 15 metres in diameter, weighing 3 tonnes and containing 2,000,000 calories!!
The world record for pancake tossing is 416 in two minutes, not with our heavy frying pan!
American pancakes are thicker and sometimes called battercakes, griddlecakes or flapjacks.
Russian blinis are commonly served with caviar.
Old English batter is mixed with ale.
Together we wrote an acrostic poem;
Put out the toppings
Apples, butter, sugar, oranges,
Nutella, golden syrup,
Kindly flipping them over,
Eating, eating, I want more,
Delicious, scrumptious, crispy,
Another, another, more,
Yummy, Yummy, Yum, let's eat more!!