Let me be completely honest here. I am not a fan of pancakes. In fact, I hate them. Maybe it’s because they’re usually dredged in cinnamon (bleeugh) and get soggy way too quickly – I don’t really know. I just know that I can’t stomach them. Ian, on the other hand (being Afrikaans and all) absolutely adores them. Whenever it’s raining outside he dreams of eating piles of pancakes. Again, no clue what’s up with the Afrikaans mense and their love of pancakes when the weather is mizz. Anyone?
Regardless of my hatred for pancakes, there is still a need to mention Shrove Tuesday which is being celebrated today. Having lived in London for two years it was something that I ‘celebrated’ with long teeth. Shrove Tuesday (or Pancake Day) happens on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday; which is the first day of Lent. Tradition has it that pancakes were made to use up all of the rich food items in the house – eggs, sugar, flour etc. – in order to avoid temptation during the 40 days of Lent.
So today, instead of writing up a pancake recipe of my own, I thought I would share one from one of my favourite foodie blogs. If you haven’t yet read the Simply Delicious blog, then clearly your head has been in the clouds. Find Alida’s pancake recipe here…
One more thing. While I cannot even deal with the thought of putting a pancake near my mouth (I’m really selling them here, aren’t I?) I have a secret – okay, completely open and aired on Twitter – love affair with flapjacks. They’re fluffy, they’re sweet, they’re hot. By God, they are delicious! Luckily my friend Alida has an amazing recipe for ricotta pancakes on her site too. What a legend! Click here for that recipe. And make sure you follow her on Twitter to keep up to date with all of her delicious recipes. This woman is a genius.