Pancake Day…5th March …Aka Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday.

Who doesn’t like a nice thin, lacy pancake with sugar and lemon? Pancakes are eaten almost all over the world in one form or another so although plain and simple is my favourite I don’t mind some of the other versions on occasions.


I am also quite good at tossing them much to the surprise of the kids although not sure how I would fare in some of the pancake races which are held throughout the Uk and tossing them while running…lol….that would be a sight to behold…

The first recorded pancake race was way back in 1445 in Olney, Buckinghamshire, England. Since 1950 Olney has competed against women of Liberal, Kansas, the USA in an international race.

Tradition declares that the race was first run in the year 1445, pancakes at the time being a popular dish, receiving royal favour. It was run on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Lent, and the whole day was given over to a festival of celebration, pranks and pastimes. It is not known where the original start line was but the finish line was at the Church door. The winner has to bang on the door with her frying pan…

Did you know????

The largest pancake was created in Rochdale, Manchester, the UK in 1994, by the Co-Operative Union, Ltd. Measuring 15.01 m (49 ft 3 in) in diameter and 2.5 cm (1 in) thick, the pancake weighed 3 tonnes (6,614 lb) and took more than just a frying pan to flip over!

In total, Brits use an unbelievable 52 million eggs on Pancake Day. That’s 22 million more than any other day.

The most flips anyone has ever done with a pancake is 349 flips in two minutes. That’s ‘flipping’ good’!

We all have our preferences for pancake toppings but the weirdest pancake toppings have to be ketchup and mustard, please…Nooooo! peanut butter and ice cream, coco pops and cream…I just love maple syrup on mine or lemon..simples is best!

The Guinness World Record for the most pancakes served in eight hours is 34,818.

William Shakespeare was also a pancake lover! It is reflected in many of his plays. When Shakespeare was alive Shrove Tuesday is much as it is today – that is people ate plenty of pancakes!.  Dinner was a midday meal instead of evening, and the pancakes would follow their main meal. The Tudors enjoyed heavily spiced foods and regularly included ale or beer as ingredients instead of water. They ate very rich foods, and their pancakes could have been enriched with rose-water, sherry, eggs, ale or butter – or a mixture of them all

In France and the United States, Pancake day is called Mardi Gras which means ‘Fat’ or ‘Grease Tuesday’.

My Simple Pancake batter recipe.


  • 100 gm flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 300 ml of milk
  • Oil/ butter for frying
  • Lemon wedges to serve
  • Sugar to serve

Let’s Cook!

Put your flour, eggs, milk, pinch salt in a bowl and whisk until smooth. Chill in the fridge for at least 20 minutes.

Using an omelette or crepe pan add a knob of butter and when melted add some of your mix to pan and roll about to cover the bottom…I like my pancake thin so don’t use too much mix others like theirs thicker but personal choice.


Cook until nicely golden and flip over and cook the other side …keep warm in the oven while you are cooking all your pancakes.

Serve with a good squeeze of lemon and a sprinkling of sugar.

That is my way, plain and simple but it is your opportunity to use your favourite toppings…

What do you top your pancakes with??? Please tell me in comments…

Pancakes are made all over the world and vary somewhat… if you missed my post on how they are made here in Thailand then I have added the link for you to enjoy these were made down in one of the local homes here and they kindly let us take the photos…It is a family affair both young and old play their part…I found it fascinating…

Pancakes drying

Or these lovely oat pancakes

Maple Walnut Banana Pancakes…

banana maple syrup pancakes


  • 1 ripe banana
  • 3/4 of a cup of rolled oats
  • 2 large organic eggs
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of maple syrup
  • Chopped banana, blueberries, walnuts and maple syrup to serve.

Put the banana, oats, eggs, baking soda and maple syrup in the blender and blitz until smooth and well combined.

Heat your pan and add some mix cook for about 2 mins each side I did find they cooked quite quickly so watch you don’t burn them…

Serve with sliced banana, blueberries or fruit of your choice, walnuts and maple syrup…They were actually very yummy…

I didn’t have gluten-free oats so mine were not gluten-free but still healthy and I had no maple syrup extract so substituted maple syrup, the walnuts I caramelised and I didn’t have blueberries…and I cooked mine in grass-fed butter… I will make them again and next time will add blueberries as they will add that touch of tartness…

However, if you eat Gluten free use Gluten free rolled oats and cook in a non-stick pan

If you love pancakes I hope you have found some here to tickle your tastebuds …Enjoy!

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week xx

45 thoughts on “Pancake Day…5th March …Aka Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday.

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  4. Chuck

    Hi Carol,
    Love the recipes. I’ll have to try one day. I didn’t cook before, now I’ve got to learn or starve. Our church traditionally has a pancake supper on Shrove Tuesdays. Since I’m the treasurer, guess who works to the door?

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Hi Chuck…I hope you enjoyed you pancake supper..good idea to man the door…Yes I am guessing the thought of staving would focus the mind….Thank you for the compliment I love cooking :)x

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      They were nicer than I thought they would be Mary as I prefer thin pancakes like crepes and as they contain oats but with the walnuts and maple syrup/bananas they were good and the men liked them as well..They cooked quite quickly I had to watch I didn’t burn them…I hope you enjoy 🙂 xx

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  5. jenanita01

    I must have made thousands of pancakes in my lifetime, but never tossed any of them. I just knew it would be disastrous! I turn them over with my fingers, much to everyone’s amusement…

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Easy when you know how..It took me a while but I am getting good don’t think I could run and toss though…haha..but it doesn’t really matter how you do it as long as it goes over …They toss better if the mixture has set before you toss it 🙂 Enjoy your pancakes 🙂

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  6. Janet Givens

    I just leaned this week about both Shrove Tuesday and these pancake races you write about, getting ready for my Wednesday post on Ash Wednesday. And now I read about them in such a nice compact form. I wish I still ate refined carbs: your pancakes (what we’d call crepes) look fantastic.

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  7. Jean | Delightful Repast

    I most often make thick, fluffy American pancakes; and occasionally make crepes, which are much like your pancakes. Your pancakes look gorgeous! I like to cook some blueberries or raspberries into a sauce sweetened with a little real maple syrup.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      They sound lovely, Jean my oat recipe pancakes I have posted are quite thick and I do like them but much prefer thin crepe-like pancakes it is personal taste isn’t it? But now I have a bottle of real maple syrup I am using some on my pancakes with a sliced banana… All this pancake talk is making me hungry 🙂 Enjoy your pancakes 🙂


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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      How lovely he will love those, Vero I have a pan which makes stars but haven’t used it for a while I don’t think hubby would appreciate them…haha…Have fun making pancake animals for your little one 🙂 x

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  9. Darlene

    These look more like crepes to me. My pancakes are thick and fluffy. We have them every Sunday, my hubby, kids and grandkids love them. I often put blueberries in them or chocolate chips for the kids. And of course, being from Canada, we serve them with maple syrup. I love crepes as well, sweet or savoury. Happy pancake day!!

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      We always make our pancakes thin…We don’t like thick pancakes my mum always made them like this although my mother in law used to make thicker ones . Thin ones are easy to toss especially in a pancake race…haha…Happy Pancake day , Darlene 🙂 x

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  10. Victoria Zigler (@VictoriaZigler)

    I love pancakes! I don’t need it to be pancake day for me to have them for a meal. 😉

    My favourite toppings are maple syrup, or lemon and sugar, or jam. In that order. I had some with maple syrup and blueberries the other day, because that was what I fancied for dinner.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Haha I am guesssing you are not alone in that Tori and a little of what you fancy does you good especially when recovering from an operation…Enjoy your pancakes 🙂 xx



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