Shrove/Pancake Tuesday

Fingal Libraries
by Fingal Libraries on February 27, 2017.

There really is nothing nicer than a tall stack of fluffy, golden pancakes to warm your belly. Usually eaten at breakfast time, but on pancake Tuesday the rules are completely disregarded. They can be enjoyed at any time of the day, or at every meal if you so wish. As a huge pancake fan, I’m […]

There really is nothing nicer than a tall stack of fluffy, golden pancakes to warm your belly. Usually eaten at breakfast time, but on pancake Tuesday the rules are completely disregarded. They can be enjoyed at any time of the day, or at every meal if you so wish.

As a huge pancake fan, I’m delighted Pancake Tuesday is falling earlier this year on February 28th.

Pancakes are actually thought to date back to being a pagan dish. It is thought that it was a way for them to use eggs, flour and milk in one easy dish. Though I doubt they topped theirs with lashings of maple syrup and Nutella.

With Lent beginning on Ash Wednesday, the aim of Shrove/Pancake Tuesday is to remove any treats or fatty foods from the home. Shrove Tuesday comes from the word ‘Shrive’, which means to free yourself from sin. The day gets its name from people removing sin before the fasting period of Lent begins. The dish was adopted by Christians as an easy way of removing these ingredients as many people indulge on the foods they plan on refraining from eating over Lent.

Over the years its popularity has increased year on year. There are now hundreds of recipes for pancakes. It’s now a case of letting your imagination run wild when making them.

If you plan making them this year and are looking for some inspiration then check out the cookbook section in your nearest Fingal Library.

If there are little ones in your home and you want to get them involved there is an easy but tasty recipe in Dorling Kingsley’s “Children’s First Cookbook”

For the more adventurous chef Donal Skehan has a new take on the traditional recipe in his cookbook “Fresh”.

If you are like me and prefer the American version, then either recipe in Rachel Allen’s “Home Cooking” or Nigella Lawson’s “Nigella Bites” will hit the spot.

And last but not least if you are still on your health kick and don’t want to miss out then I suggest you check out The Happy Pear’s recipe in their book “The Happy Pear”.

If you can’t make it down to the library, check out Fingal.ie. In our e-services section, you can read through a great selection of cookery magazines, many of which have some delicious recipes for Pancake Tuesday.

Whichever way you cook your pancakes on February 28th, I hope you enjoy yours as much as I’ll enjoy mine.

By Claire Fay, Garristown Library