Today is Shrove Tuesday, or as it is deliciously known… Pancake day!!
Falling the day before ‘Ash Wednesday’, it is the meant to be our last day of indulgence before lent. Shrove comes from the word shrive, which means ‘to confess’. So I must confess now, that I LOVE pancakes..
When I was at school, we would celebrate this day by selling pancakes on a trestle table outside the H.E. room, to the other classes. Choice of Nutella or lemon & sugar would greet us along with a paper plate that was soon to become very soggy and unappealing. Unless I am mistaken, if you had no change, you could put your name down as though it were an ‘honesty bar’. For weeks they’d chase us for that £1.50 (or whatever it was), the pancake ladies hunting each fellow classmate down like hardened professionals. It was always the best cooks in the class chosen to be in charge of batter and ‘flipping’. The lesser experienced of the class would sit with the tupperware boxes of change, clip board of names (of the soon-to-be-in-debt) as well as organising the long lines of very greedy school girls. I mainly remember taking the indulgence bit to the extreme as though I had never been fed and I am guessing it has had a lasting effect on me.
…and just incase any of you are feeling extra-specially fruity today, here are some other great recipes to try out from some modern day domestic Goddesses.
Beetroot Crêpes with Blood Orange Sauce (pictured below)
Somewhere else in the world people are celebrating…
It is a tradition in a village called Tolox in Malaga, Southern Spain, to throw talcum powder at each other the day before lent during a huge celebration they call El Dias de los Povlos! It is said to be a tradition for young men to seduce girls (a questionable tactic!) and originated in the 16th Century when a Moorish girl and Christian girl who lived in this village were fighting over the same man. The girls both worked as bakers and began to throw more & more flour at each other as the argument escalated. Today men use this as a chance to proclaim their love for local ladies and will try with all of their will to track them down and talc them up!
A far cry from all of us stuffing our faces with gluten and sugar but whatever rocks your boat I suppose!