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Pancake Hell!

Yesterday, as we all know,was Shrove Tuesday, more commonly these days known as Pancake Day. Last year was my 1st ever attempt at making pancakes as my ex was always the one to make them before. Last year proved why! I didn’t have a clue so rang my mum for a rough guide on making the batter. I was told I needed plain flour, and used self raising as that was all I had. Every single one stuck and I felt such a failure after. But on the plus I had other stuff in the fridge and I think we ended up with omlette instead!

This year I tried things differently. I bought one of these “Just add milk and shake” pancake mix in a bottle things. I brought a new frying pan specially because I’d thrown my old one out a few months ago and hadn’t replaced it yet. I followed all the instructions and guess what……….they stuck like mad again! I was so angry, especially as H now eats what we eat and the 1st one I managed to save so it went on her plate. Now all credit to these easy pancake mix things – the taste was spot on. But with 1 small pancake between 3 of us, well that wasn’t going to work. So I rang mum and we joined them for mum’s homemade perfect pancakes.

I watched, I even had a go and cooked a perfect one there, gas hob same as mine, only difference was mum let the fat warm up more than I had so I assumed that was my problem. Nope tried again when I got home and the hotter the fat the worse it seemed to stick. So I have decided that’s it no more pancake making attempts from me, if mum isn’t about I’ll buy shop bought ones!

pancakes by roboppy.

On the plus side though, B was very interested in what pancake day is all about, and why I was asking her what she would give up for lent. I explained that pancakes were made to use up the perishable food before fasting for 40 days and 40 nights from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday. She was fascinated and initially said she would give up sex for lent (!!!!), I asked her what she thought that would mean, to which she replied it would mean not looking good till Easter! Hmmm, talked her out of that one and so she has decided to give up being naughty for lent – yeah we will see how that one goes! I have decided to give up chocolate, so to all my dear friends out there, please don’t offer me chocolate till Easter!

It got me wondering though, how many other people actually explain the meanings of these special days to their kids? I mean, B obviously hasn’t learnt about it at school, even though their pancake races are a big event each year. I wouldn’t class myself as religious in that I don’t go to church every week, but I do have my faith and Easter is a time when I find myself taking stock and thinking about what my faith means to me. I always try and give something up for lent. B was christened on Palm Sunday too, so that holds special significance for me as well. What does it all mean for you?

Picture from Flickr at by roboppy

February 17, 2010 - Posted by | Food, Parenting, Religon | ,


  1. I’m glad your pancake story had a happy ending :-). My parents always made me give up chocolate for Lent and I’ve kept that up in my adult life and added a couple of other things too. I do think it’s a good time of year, as we move into spring, to have a bit of reflection and giving or taking up something during Lent can be a good challenge too.

    Comment by Mummy Zen | February 17, 2010 | Reply

    • It’s not something I ever did as a kid, but when I was about 23 started going to church every week and had a very strong faith and I gave up chocolate that year for lent and the feeling on Easter sunday of achievement was amazing! Not just that I had lasted without chocolate, but in a religous way too, which I suppose would make senseto those who have strong beliefs what ever they are. I havn’t done t since, life got in the way of church (however you want to view that depending on your beliefs is up to you) but l;ike I said, Easter still has a strong place in my life and this year who knows, maybe this is me being calld back! I love the idea of taking something up for lent, that’s a really good idea!

      Comment by supersinglemum | February 17, 2010 | Reply

  2. Did you figure out how to make the pancake unstick? I have the same problem. 😦

    I’m not of any religion so I can’t really answer about Lent, but it seems to come up on teenage TV shows around this time usually, so I think that’s probably where most kids pick it up from if they aren’t taught at home or church. I assume public schools don’t teach this.

    Comment by Macy Cheung | February 17, 2010 | Reply

    • I do agree TV seem to e the place kids pick up alot these days, its a shame really but the way life seems to have gone!

      Nope I havnt tried the pancakes again since, the only thing I thought was the fat wasnt hot enough, but that didn’t seem to work so who knows! I think it’s just one of those things I can’t do lol!

      Comment by supersinglemum | February 17, 2010 | Reply

  3. I’m afraid I haven’t even made pancakes, ever. I know Amy wouldn’t understand the concept of pancake day and she doesn’t like pancakes so I’ve just never bothered making them. My sister came for a few days and brought some ready made ones from Tesco. They taste revolting.

    CJ xx

    Comment by Crystal Jigsaw | February 17, 2010 | Reply

    • Shop bought stuff never tastes like home made! Think i need to practice for next year!

      Comment by supersinglemum | February 17, 2010 | Reply

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