#Pancake Day…16th February …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…

The year I was born…

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!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week and please tell me in comments what your favourite pancakes are…I just love to chat and swap recipes xx

37 thoughts on “#Pancake Day…16th February …Aka #Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday.

  1. Lorin Black

    Mmm Pancakes.
    Oats are naturally gluten free. The only difference with oats sold as “gluten free” is that they are guaranteed to not be processed with equipment that also processes grains that contain gluten. Unless you have a serious case of celiac disease there’s not really any reason to pay extra for them.

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  3. petespringerauthor

    Sold! I think you’ve shoed us those maple walnut banana pancakes before. I like the idea of that instead of loading them up with tons of syrup. I’ve never heard of lemon on pancakes before, but I suspect it would bring out a tasty flavor.

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  4. koolkosherkitchen

    I can just imagine pancake races – hilarious! I suppose blini are not really pancakes, but for really fancy occassions I make mini rye blini topped with caviar. It’s the Russian thing, you know.

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      1. koolkosherkitchen

        We have just watched a modern iteration of “The Dead Souls” where the main character smeares his blini with butter and caviar in the center, surrounds it with sour cream around the edge, plops a sizable slice of smoked salmon on top, thinks for a moment, and lays a couple of smoked sardines across. Do you think you could’ve managed to eat that?

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I had forgotten until my son reminded me and added as I had taken chilli out of the freezer I hadn’t really cooked so I could make pancakes of which I ate two… Guess whose walking it of today… xx

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  5. Jim Borden

    I love pancakes, so this gives me an idea for dinner tonight! I’ve never heard of the pancake race, that was fun to watch. I felt bad for the woman who fell right near the end…

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      1. CarolCooks2 Post author

        Lovely I’m sure it looks beautiful.. once the blooms die down.and they start to feel sorry for themselves..I cit the flower stems down.. Feed them once a week.. and they will flower again and again… Here I hang mine close to a tree trunk and attach to the trunk they keep growing and blooming with no attention at all…

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  6. Clive

    The recipes look great, and I love that video! Pathé News was a part of my childhood, appearing with the adverts in the intermission between the B-movie and the main feature. I’ve used several of their clips in posts, as they are so evocative of bygone days.

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  7. beetleypete

    I love pancakes, and used to always look forward to pancake day as a child. But over all the years of shift work, I usually missed the day, and got out of the habit. Now I restrict my pancake eating to an occasional treat in restaurants. The best pancakes I ever had were in Amsterdam. I used to have a savoury one as a main course, and a sweet one for dessert. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete. x

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