Yes today, February 16th 2021, is Pancake Day! Will you be enjoying some? Will you be flipping some? Now that can be fun – but have you the skill? Eddie and I will be enjoying some low carb pancakes (see recipe below). We particularly like them with some low carb fruits, but dear reader you choose your accompaniment.

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Pancake Day falls in February each year, and many of us stock up with the  ingredients and toppings we prefer, some like savoury, while others prefer sweet.

Pancake Day, also known as Shrove Tuesday, is an annual feast day which dates back to the 16th century, and a day to indulge before the restrictions of Lent.

Pancake ingredients, various toppings and recipes are spotted everywhere as February begins. With Covid lockdown still in place, many may be looking forward to an excuse for indulging and celebrating before Easter.

Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday, which is the first day of Lent.

On Shrove Tuesday, traditionally pancakes were made as a way to use up foods like fat, eggs, milk and sugar before the 40 days of Lent.

While this may not be so strictly followed today, many people around the world enjoy pancakes in various forms on Pancake Day.

Whether your favourite topping be Nutella, Biscoff spread, fruit, Greek yoghurt or bacon on your pancakes! Perhaps 

fill them with cream cheese and finely chopped spring onions  – however you enjoy them – the day is here.


Yes, in 2021, Pancake Day falls on Tuesday, February 16th. However, the date of Pancake Day changes each year, as it always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday.

This means Easter Sunday 2021 is on Sunday, April 4.

For those observing Lent, the 40 days of fasting begins on Wednesday, February 17.

Lent marks the 40 days Jesus was said to have spent in the desert, avoiding temptation from the devil.

And so, traditionally those marking the period give up things they usually indulge in or even fast.

Today many give up things like fizzy drinks, chocolate, and even limit screen time.

Shrove Tuesday gets its name from the word shrive, which means “absolve”.

In Christianity, the day is a time to confess any sins and ask for absolution from God.

In present times, here in the UK, under Covid lockdown rules churches can stay open, but with limits on capacity depending on the size of the building, following a risk assessment. Where possible, when visiting a place of worship you should stay local and avoid travelling outside your local area, meaning your village or town, or part of a city.

Words above taken from article here

But on to the Low Carb Crepes / Pancakes Recipe

These crepes/pancakes are virtually carb. free and are very easy to make – although you use ricotta cheese they do not taste of cheese.


Ingredients:

makes between 6 and 8 crepes/pancakes
200 Grams of ricotta cheese
3 eggs
I teaspoon of cinnamon
A splash of milk

Method:
1. Mix the cheese, eggs and cinnamon into a small mixing bowl, a

dd a splash of milk if the mix is too thick to run freely.

2. Place a small knob of butter into a frying pan, I use a small omelette pan 8″.

3. Heat the butter and spoon in 3 table spoons of mix. Fry until firm then turn over and cook for one minute or until the crepe is starting to brown.

4. Allow to cool and fill with cream cheese and finely chopped spring onions or smoked salmon and asparagus tips, whatever you like. Roll up the crepe and enjoy.

5. Great at any time and very good for the lunch box or picnics.

6. Also great warm with some low carb berries and double cream.
7. Or why not serve with a slice of lemon – gently squeezed over the crepes.

The important thing is to enjoy your pancake day 2021.

Dear reader, you will find a variety of articles and recipes within this blog. Please note, not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.


All the best Jan

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