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Saturday 6 February 2016

Pancake Day 2016 - The Low Carb Way

Yes Pancake Day is looming near. Will you be enjoying some? Will you be flipping some? Now that can be fun - but have you the skill? Eddie and I will be enjoying some low carb pancakes (see recipe below). We particularly like them with some low carb fruits, but dear reader you choose your accompaniment.

"Pancake Day has been celebrated by Britons for centuries. Known also as Shrove Tuesday, its exact date, rather confusingly, changes every year, because it is determined by when Easter falls. But it is always the day preceding Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent), and always falls in February or March. This year, you'll need to get your pans ready for Tuesday, February 9th. 

What does Shrove Tuesday mean?

The word shrove is a form of the English word shrive, which means to obtain absolution for one's sins by way of confession and penance. Shrove Tuesday gets its name from the custom for Christians to be "shriven" before the start of Lent.

Why do we celebrate Pancake Day?

Traditionally, pancakes were eaten on this day to use up rich, indulgent foods like eggs and milk before the 40-day fasting season of Lent began. But although it is enshrined in Christian tradition, it is believed that Pancake Day might originate in a pagan holiday, when eating warm, round pancakes - symbolising the sun - was a way of celebrating the arrival of spring. 

Pancake Day around the world:

Elsewhere in the world, Pancake Day is known by other names, such as Mardi Gras (literally "fat Tuesday" in French), or Fasnacht (the Germanic "night of the fast"). 

Why do we flip pancakes?

As well as making and eating pancakes, we Brits love to hold pancake races, where people run while flipping their pancakes in a pan. Legend has it that the tradition was born in the 15th century when a particularly dis-organised woman in Olney, Buckinghamshire rushed to church to confess her sins while mid-way through making pancakes. We hope she gave one to the priest." 

The above facts taken from article here

Low Carb Crepes / Pancakes

These crepes/pancakes are virtually carb. free and are very easy to make - although you use ricotta cheese they do not taste of cheese.

200 Grams of ricotta cheese
3 eggs
I teaspoon of cinnamon
A splash of milk

Mix the cheese, eggs and cinnamon into a small mixing bowl. Add a splash of milk if the mix is too thick to run freely. Place a small knob of butter into a frying pan, I use a small omelette pan 8". Heat the butter and spoon in 3 table spoons of mix. Fry until firm then turn over and cook for one minute or until the crepe is starting to brown. This mix makes between 6 and 8 crepes/pancakes. Allow to cool and fill with cream cheese and finely chopped spring onions or smoked salmon and asparagus tips, whatever you like. Roll up the crepe and enjoy. Great at any time and very good for the lunch box or picnics. Also great warmed up with some low carb berries and double cream.

Or why not serve with a slice of lemon - gently squeezed over the crepes.

Enjoy your pancake day Tuesday 9th February 2016.

All the best Jan


Connie said...

I have got to give these a try . . . thank you:)
Have a great weekend!
Connie :)

Lowcarb team member said...

Connie - many thanks for your comment, and I do hope you may give these a try soon - they are great!

Enjoy your weekend

All the best Jan

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Jan,

Great post and thanks for sharing your recipe.
My husband made them for breakfast this morning and we had them with fresh strawberries and raspberries, and they were delicious.
Hope you are enjoying the weekend

DeniseinVA said...

Thank you for the origins. Happy memories of my mum tossing pancakes, with great fits of laughter when occasionally one would hit the floor. Lemon and sugar most definitely back in those days. These look delicious Jan. Will give this recipe a try.

Lowcarb team member said...

Your pancakes sound lovely and I'm sure your weather is a lot better than ours too!

Pancakes are great to enjoy any time of day - and it doesn't have to be Pancake Day!

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

I agree tossing pancakes is not easy, they can end up anywhere ... from the ceiling to the floor and anywhere in between!

Hope you may enjoy a pancake soon!

All the best Jan

Lisa said...

Thanks for sharing this I am definitely going to give these a try.
No pancakes yesterday, sore subject in this house!
Lisa x

Lowcarb team member said...

"No pancakes yesterday, sore subject in this house!" ... hey, perhaps have your pancake day at the weekend!

This is a good recipe, one of our favourites.

All the best Jan