Hurrah, break out the elasticated waistbands it’s Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras as it’s known by the French. Pancake day is a day of eating rich and fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season begins. The expression “Shrove Tuesday” comes from the word shrive, meaning “confess”. Well I shrive that I love pancakes; pancakes with cheese, pancakes with chocolate, pancakes with syrup, pancakes with anything that has to be whispered in a weight watchers meeting.

Sir Stanley Spencer, 'Dinner on the Hotel Lawn' 1956-7

Sir Stanley Spencer
Dinner on the Hotel Lawn 1956-7
Oil on canvas
support: 949 x 1359 mm
Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1957© Estate of Stanley Spencer

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I’m going to make Crepe Suzette this year which actually has fruit in it so is techincally healthy! Crepe Suzette has interesting origins; one claim being that a fourteen year old assistant waiter in 1895 accidentally caught fire to his cordials whilst serving the Prince of Wales (the future Kind Edward VII of Britain) pancakes, naming his new creation after Princess Suzette who was dining with the Prince that day. The other, a less Fawlty Towers, but probably more realistic explanation is that they were named after the french actress Suzanne Reichenberg who worked under the name Suzette, and in one of her more famous roles served crepes on stage. I would personally like to take this opportunity to start a petition to get this crepe making play back out on the road as I have a strong opinion that more live cooking should happen on the west end stage. Please feel free to email me if this is something that interests you also…

So why not try this recipe tonight or maybe a topping of your own, I hear horse is particularly popular this year! Or if you’re after something a little more traditional we are tweeting pancake recipes for breakfast lunch and dinner from @TateFood

Comments

VascoMaria

Hey,The pancake seems to be yummy by seeing the recipe.I will try it out in my home and then I will tell you,How was the pancake.