The photograph shows a pancake
being cooked in a frying pan.
Caster sugar (superfine sugar) is sprinkled over the top and a dash of fresh lemon juice added. The pancake is then rolled. Some people add golden syrup or jam. “
“These are traditionally eaten in the UK on Shrove Tuesday, but they are nice at any time of year.
Ingredients (Makes about eight "thin" pancakes)
½ litre / 1pt milk
Small pinch of salt
Unsalted butter for frying
Serve with anything you like, but I recommend melted butter with lemon and sugar or maple syrup with ice cream.
Method1. Whisk together the milk,eggs and salt.
2. Fold in the sieved flour a little at a time, and whisk until smooth.
3. Heat a small amount of butter in a frying pan until it almost starts to smoke.
4. Pour in enough batter to thinly coat the bottom of the pan.
5. Cook until it reaches a light golden brown colour, then turn pancake over and cook the other side to the same point.
Note : the first pancake will be a disaster – it always is. It is known in our house as “one for the dog” and serves to season the pan. Don’t worry, all the rest will cook OK and come out in one piece.
For a lighter, crispier batter use ½ milk and ½ beer!”
The first woman to complete the race and arrive at church with the pancake is declared the winner. She then serves the pancake to the bellringer and is rewarded with a kiss from the bellringer called the “Kiss of Peace”. This race still occurs in several cities. “
Well, if you think people might ask you what a "Shrove" is, think of the blank looks you'll get when you inform them that it is "Collop Monday."
Also known as Shrove Monday, it was traditionally the last day to cook and eat meat before Lent. It has to be remembered that there was no refrigeration, so it is likely that the only meat available at that time of year would be smoked or salted - usually bacon or ham”.
Then there is the free-for-all Shrovetide football game in Ashbourne, Derbyshire:
"Each year on Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday, Ashbourne becomes a war zone! The majority of the ablebodied men, women and children take to the streets to play what is probally the largest football game in the world! - The two teams number in the hundreds, and the playing field is 3 miles long, 2 miles wide and has the town of Ashbourne in the middle!
Shops are boarded up, only an idiot (or an unsuspecting visitor!) would park his or her car anywhere in the town!" More: http://www.ashbourne-town.com/events/football.html
This morning I watched the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics on a video. Golly, the technology is more than this old great grandma can comprehend!
“Will you soon see a tourist with a six-shooter on his hip alongside other tourists at Mather Point overlooking the Grand Canyon? It's entire possible.
Beginning February 22, 2010 a new gun law will go into effect in America's national park areas. The new law, passed last spring by an bipartisan vote in the U.S. Senate, will allow people to possess, carry and transport firearms in national parks, in accordance with state law. The new law repeals a National Park Service rule that has long prohibited Americans from possessing firearms in national parks for self-defense.” From":
Still a cold day.
P.S: at 3.30 PM:
When I posted this, it was still cold. It warmed up considerably, so I opened all the windows, and let the cats out on the screen porch.
Also, since posting, I have been to lunch in the next town with my ex-daughter-in-law, Becky, her 7 month old son; her grown up son, with his son; and her parents at a Mexican Restaurant. Michelle, ( Becky's daughter), my youngest granddaughter, was not there, being a teenager she "had plans", but she did call me to wish me Happy Valentines. (Valentines is not a good day for us, as it is the 4th anniversary of my oldest granddaughter being killed by a dam drunk driver.)
Becky made me this little posy of flowers and edibles in a little trinket box. That is my sweet foster cat, Prime. Becky's parents are going to Alaska this summer, so we had a lot to talk about.
We all had a great reunion today.