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Monday 27 February 2017

Pancake Day the Low Carb Way : Tuesday 28th February 2017

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.

image from google

"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 28th.

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

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 28th February 2017

All the best Jan


Valerie-Jael said...

These soud very delicious, thanks for sharing another recipe. Shrove Tuesday is called 'Veilchen Dienstag' - violet Tuesday in Rhineland, perhaps because it is often custom to throw little bunches of violets during the parades. Hugs, Valerie

Anonymous said...

Hi Jan and happy Monday. It is breakfast time here and your recipe sounds very tasty! I appreciate you sharing with us and hope your week is very pleasant. xoxo Mildred

NatureFootstep said...

it would be fun flipping pancakes like that :)

Mike@Bit About Britain said...

Wonderful! I haven't had pancakes since the kids were small. Love the picture of the lady dashing to church with her frying pan; on any other day, I guess she could have been mistaken for a holy frier?

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I love pancakes, but rarely eat them. Maybe a treat once in a while. This recipe sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

DeniseinVA said...

I enjoyed this Jan. I remember only having pancakes on Shrove Tuesday and how exciting it was to see my mum tossing the pancakes up in the air to turn them. Sometimes she would miss and there would be squeals of delight and fits of giggles. Must try this low-carb version. Thank you :)

Christine said...

Thanks for this recipe and reminder about shrove Tuesday.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

I lived in New Orleans, Louisiana for a few years back in the 1980's... We loved participating in Mardi Gras, and of course in Shrove Tuesday (which is also called FAT Tuesday) ---leading up to Lent (and Ash Wednesday).

We always had Pancakes on Shrove Tuesday ---and then cut back on things like that during Lent....

Big Tradition for our family.


Connie said...

I've never mastered the skill of flipping . . . my sweet husband likes to try doing it, but then I'm the one cleaning up after him, LOL.

Lisa said...

Looking forward to them very much.
I know lemon is preferred by some of my troupe but give me something sweeter!
Lisa x

Crafty Green Poet said...

That looks like a great pancake recipe.

Debbie said...

looks good!! i have seen them on pinterest. pancakes made with eggs and bananas, that's all. cover them with peanut butter, roll them up and enjoy. i thought it was a fabulous idea!!!

happyone said...

I love pancakes and it is my favorite breakfast.
I usually make them from bisquick.
These look delicious and I've copied the recipe to try.

William Kendall said...

I'll have them. There's a restaurant on campus that makes good ones, so I'll have them for lunch. I prefer them with blueberries or maple syrup.

Revrunner said...

There'll be a lot of these served up tomorrow.

Adam said...

I haven't had any in awhile

Martha said...

This is such interesting information, most of which I didn't know. The one about the woman going to church while flipping pancakes made me laugh!

The Happy Whisk said...

Funny picture!!!!!

Snowbird said...

Thanks for the reminder, I'm all out of sorts since arriving home, must dash out and get some pancake

Lisabella Russo said...

Those look wonderful! I'd definitely like to try making them, thank you!

Magic Love Crow said...

What a great post! Love all the information! I love pancakes! Big Hugs!