What is Pancake Day?

Shrove Tuesday marks the last day before Lent, traditionally a period of abstinence, associated with clearing your cupboards of things like sugar, fat and eggs. It’s known as Pancake Day because it represents a good opportunity to use up such ingredients.

When is Pancake Day?

Pancake Day takes place 47 days before Easter Sunday. Because the date of Easter Sunday is dictated by the cycles of the moon, Pancake Day can occur anytime between February 3 and March 9. This year Pancake Day falls on Tuesday February 28. Yes you’ve got it, it’s TODAY!

Frying pans at the ready!

On Pancake Day, “pancake races” are held in villages and towns across the UK. The tradition is said to have originated in 1445 when a housewife from Olney, Buckinghamshire, was so busy making pancakes that she forgot the time until she heard the church bells ringing for the service. She raced out of the house to church while still carrying her frying pan and pancake, flipping it to prevent it from burning. The pancake race remains a relatively common festive tradition in the UK, especially England, even today. Participants with frying pans race through the streets flipping pancakes into the air and catching them in the pan while running.

The historic pancake race at Olney

Flippin’ in the kitchen

If you don’t feel that active you can confine your pancake flipping to the kitchen and make some for dinner. Click here for Jamie Oliver’s recipe for perfect pancakes.

Flipping pancakes is a serious business so if you’re not feeling too confident have a look at Foodie Sally’s video (courtesy of Sainsbury’s)

Don’t worry too much if you don’t get it right first time. There’s always someone who’ll be happy!

For me?

What to have on your pancakes

You’ve made your pancakes now what do you put on them?

Toppings are what make pancakes really exciting. A good fluffy pancake is a great blank canvas, whether you’re keeping it simple with a drizzle of syrup, good old sugar and lemon, or are after something a bit more interesting.

Crepe pancakes served the traditional way with lemon and sugar

Smoked ham & cheese pancakes

Click here for the recipe courtesy of BBC Good Food


American blueberry pancakes

Click here for this popular recipe courtesy of BBC Good Food

What will be be having in Fethiye?

Why pancakes of course! Except that we will be enjoying the delicious Turkish version, Gözleme

White cheese and spinach gözleme

What are gözleme? Well that’s a story for another day!

Afiyet Olsun!