Pancake day/Shrove Tuesday

I love an excuse to make and eat pancakes – yummy!

According to Wikipedia, “Shrove Tuesday (also known as Pancake Day) is the day preceding Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Shrove Tuesday is observed mainly in English speaking countries, especially Ireland, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand but is also observed in Philippines and Germany. Shrove Tuesday is linked to Easter, so its date changes on an annual basis.

In most traditions the day is known for the eating of pancakes before the start of Lent. Pancakes are eaten as they are made out of the main foods available, sugar, fat, flour and eggs, whose consumption was traditionally restricted during the ritual fasting associated with Lent.”

I bought a waffle iron a little over a year ago and I found a very tasty recipe for buttermilk waffles that I modified to be gluten-free. I then forced my boyfriend and housemates to eat waffles for a few weekends in a row.  My nickname from one of my old housemates is ‘The Feeder’ because when I cook I cannot cook for just 4 people – only 20 (even if there is only 4 people there to eat it)! They eventually said ‘no more’ so I wasn’t allowed to make waffles for a long time – not because they weren’t tasty (they were) but they couldn’t physically consume 10 waffles each every weekend!

Luckily the recipe works well for pancakes as well and you can find the recipe here.

My favourite topping is raspberry jam. When I was a younger my parents had a raspberry farm and I guess raspberry jam reminds me of my childhood.  My boyfriend had some pancakes this evening (a day early I know but I couldn’t wait!) and he couldn’t tell that the pancakes were gluten-free — result!

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