Yesterday was pancake day! All of those who live in the UK will know this. Many of you who don’t, might not. So here’s the basic idea: because of Lent, people can no longer eat luxury foods like eggs and milk and other tasty treats, and what better to way to get rid of those than with pancakes! It’s actually called shrove Tuesday, but that just kind of distracts from the pancakes so we’ve all just settled for pancake day instead.
I must say I totally approve, except that people nowadays don’t tend to give up those things for Lent anymore. If people give up something it’s usually chocolate or alcohol or something like that. Instead, everyone goes out deliberately to buy ingredients for pancakes, so that they can have pancakes on pancake Tuesday, which seems to defy the whole idea of pancake day, but never mind.
Anyway, pancake day, like all Christian traditions, is a bit dubious anyway. I was reading a little bit about it on the webs, as you do, just out of curiosity, and I found this interesting passage on wikipedia:
“In Newfoundland small tokens are frequently cooked in the pancakes. Children take delight in discovering the objects, which are intended to be divinatory. For example, the person who receives a coin will be wealthy; a nail that they will become or marry a carpenter.”
Apart from the dodgy divination skills here (limited tokens equal limited career options), and ignoring the badly constructed sentence (it’s still wikipedia, you know), I’d also say that sticking nails in children’s food would be frowned upon by many. Although to me it sounds amusing to get your kids all on edge by hiding potentially dangerous spiky objects in their food, I think most people would consider this child abuse more than anything.
Anyway, we didn’t put any nails in our pancakes. Nor did we use up all of our Lent-forbidden food. Instead, we went out and got a bunch of peppers and some goats’ cheese and we made (amongst many other types of pancakes) some damn delicious savoury pancakes with three colours of pepper and goats’ cheese. I know pancake Tuesday was yesterday, but we thought every day should be pancake Tuesday, so maybe you should have these tonight.
For the batter:
- 250 gr flour
- 4 eggs
- 700 ml of milk, depending on how thick you want it
- pinch of salt
- small tbsp of oil (I use sunflower)
For the filling:
- 3 colours of pepper
- wee pack of soft, but crumbly goats’ cheese.
Mix the flour with the eggs and about 150 ml of milk. Whisk it up swiftly to avoid lumps, then add in the rest of the milk whilst beating. Add in a pinch of salt and a small tbsp of oil. That’s your batter done.
Now fry some long, thin strips of pepper in some oil. Once they go a bit softish (but not quite cooked yet), take them out of the pan. Pour in a decent amount of pancake batter, then throw the par-fried peppers back in, and crumble a load of cheese over the pancake.
Leave until it’s cooked all the way through, then flip it, preferably using a large lid or something, this particular type of pancake is prone to falling apart. Fry it for another half minute on high heat. The cheese will melt and get all sticky, so try to wiggle it about constantly and be prepared to use a spatula to make it come off. It’ll look a bit messier than your average plain pancake, but it’ll also be way more delicious.