23 March 2020 01:04
Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Day, is tomorrow - but what's it all about? In Christianity, Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday which marks the start of Lent. Please log in Register with your social account or click here to log in I would like to receive trends and interviews from fashion, lifestyle to travel every week, by email Update newsletter preferences February 25 is Pancake Day, but if you think that Shrove Tuesday has to spell nutritional disaster, think again. Made in the right way, pancakes can be a delicious, healthy meal. Here is nutritionist Kim Pearson's guide to a healthier pancake day.
How can I make a healthy pancake batter? First things first, let's start with pancake batters. Traditional pancake batter is typically based on white, refined flour that's been stripped of its nutrients. But there are plenty of delicious, nutrient dense batter recipes out there. Ingredients (per one pancake - multiply depending on required quantity): Cook the pancakes as soon as you have made the batter, otherwise it's likely to become too thick (you can add more milk in as it thickens if necessary).
These simple, low sugar alternatives are just as delicious. If you like: lemon juice and sugar Try: making your own (extremely simple) berry compote using mixed frozen berries cooked in a pan with a splash of water and a sprinkle of xylitol. If you like savoury pancakes, try: With only a day to wait until Shrove Tuesday is finally here, people up and down the UK are hunting for pancake recipes. Whether you'd prefer to go down the traditional lemon and sugar route, or would rather opt for something a bit more out there like salted caramel and chocolate chips, there's likely to be a recipe out there that floats your boat. And now M&S has got in on the action by suggesting the most M&S Shrove Tuesday idea ever - PERCY PIG PANCAKES.
Posting a picture of the jazzy pancake suggestion on Facebook, the official M&S account wrote: "On your marks... If you ask me, they look delicious - especially if you wanted something a bit different. Unfortunately, some people seem unable to get their heads around the idea that not *everyone* wants to stick to the traditional lemon and sugar route, and might actually want to try something else. Responding to the post, one critic said: "I thought M&S we're trying to encourage healthier eating so why a sugary sauce(presumably) and sweets. "What happened to simple, but delicious pancakes with a sprinkling of sugar and some lemon juice? "What's wrong with pancakes with sugar a lemon juice. "Love Percy Pigs but on pancakes? "Sorry M&S but pancakes should have sugar and lemon on nothing else," said yet another opinionated foodie. However, others have embraced the spirit of Pancake Day, and seem keen to try it out for themselves. Another said: "Well done M&S love the Percy pigs taste great and soft and chewy not hard, and a good idea having different characters, sadly you can't please everyone." Get your eggs, flour, milk and butter ready: Pancake Day is fast approaching. From the best and quickest pancake recipes, to the tradition of pancake tossing and where the day originated, here is everything you need to know about Pancake Day. When is Pancake Day 2020? Why is pancake day on a different date each year? Pancake Day has been celebrated by Britons for centuries. Known also as Shrove Tuesday, its exact date – rather confusingly – changes every year, as 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. The date of Shrove Tuesday is intrinsically linked to Easter, a moveable feast which falls between March 22 and April 25. The period in between Shrove Tuesday and Easter Sunday is known as Lent and officially begins on Ash Wednesday, ending on Holy Saturday. While it is commonly said that Lent lasts 40 days, there are actually 46 days from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday. 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. Traditionally, Anglo-Saxon Christians would go to church to confession and be absolved from their sins on this day. The day marks the end of Pre-Lenten Season, also known as Shrovetide. 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 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. 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 disorganised woman in Buckinghamshire rushed to church to confess her sins while mid-way through making pancakes. Pancake Day around the world While we in Britain tend to keep our pancake ingredients simple, in Newfoundland, Canada, objects with symbolic value are added to the batter to be cooked. Pancake Day is much less indulgent in Iceland, where the day, known as Sprengidagur (Bursting Day), is marked by eating salted meat and peas. In France, it is traditional while flipping a pancake to hold a coin in one hand and to make a wish. The French call pancake day Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday. On Pancake Day in Scotland the locals like to eat "festy cock". The word festy is linked to Festern's E'en, the day before Shrove Tuesday, when cock fighting took place. The Telegraph's favourite pancake recipes How to make the perfect pancake mix: easy recipe tips to master basic batter This year for Pancake Day, Bella Italia are taking part in a big pancake giveaway. Lovers of pancakes can walk into a participating Bella Italia on 25th February and enjoy two delicious buttermilk pancakes completely free with no need to purchase a meal or order anything else. So what do you need to do for these incredible free pancakes? Just say the magic password: Big Bella Pancake Giveaway. Sadly, this offer is only available on Pancake Day(25th February) and is subject to availability, so you'll need to be quick - early bird catches the free pancakes and all that. It's also valid from 12-noon every day except Saturdays until 20 March, 2020. Bella Italia also offer pasta and pizza for £5 every Tuesday when you use this special Groupon discount code.