Monday, 3 March 2014

Shrove Tuesday

Tomorrow is the greatly acclaimed Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day.  Pancake day is the day before Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent. 'Shrove' - as in Shrove Tuesday - stems from old English word 'shrive', meaning 'confess all sins'. It is called Pancake Day because it is the day traditionally for eating pancakes as pancake recipes were a way to use up any stocks of milk, butter and eggs which were forbidden during the abstinence of Lent.  The last day before Lent where you can stuff your face with as many pancakes as you can physically eat without being sick.

I am going to make a confession... I don't actually like the usual Crepe that so frequently graces every British household on Pancake Day. I once ate far far far more than my fair share and was violently ill for a few days after. Hence my dislike. HOWEVER, I do love the good old American fluffy thick pancake. Pile 'em high, drizzle with maple syrup and fry up some bacon and I am sold. It's like the perfect Sunday brunch.

This weekend though I wanted to try something a little different, something that could be eaten on Pancake day as a proper meal with out the usual over eating. My pancakes are also made with Buckwheat flour so are gluten free. This makes this dish even more saintly! The recipe for the pancakes comes from the beautiful blogger Tania (just take out the cinnamon and add a dash of paprika). Her blog is one of my fav reads, amazing photography.  

The rest of the dish consists of an avocado and tomato salsa, sour cream, bacon and hot sauce. Heaven in a mouthful.

I would also like to state that streaky bacon really only is the kind of bacon for me. It has more flavour, more crunch and is not as dry as back. 

The first thing to do is whip up the pancake batter and let it rest for a few mins.

Meanwhile finely chop up your tomato, avo, add a teaspoon of capers and mix up with a drizzle of olive oil, hot sauce and season.

When you have made your salsa, cook your pancakes and pile them up.
Sprinkle over your salsa, add a dollop of crème fraiche and dust with paprika and hot sauce.

This to me is the best way to enjoy a guilt free pancake day without sacrificing on flavour.
I do however have a cheeky little ending to this post! Peanut butter, Nutella, banana pancakes.
You didn't think I would leave you high and dry on Pancake Day with out the pudding option did you?

This is effectively left over batter (I scooped a little out before I added the paprika and added a touch of cinnamon) topped with melted Nutella, peanut butter and bananas. The little star sprinkles are just cause they are pretty. This would be extra yummy with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top (I didn't have any and this was a slight impromptu addition to the meal).

Hope you have a fab Pancake Day all.



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    1. It was so yummy. Lovely to meet you on Saturday, hope you got back to Bristol ok.


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