Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Tuesday is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Shrove Tuesday marks the beginning of Lent in the Catholic tradition. This year, Shrove Tuesday falls on February 16th. Shrove Tuesday is followed by Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Lent lasts for 40 days and Christians traditionally fast or give up certain foods. The forty days represent the time that Jesus spent fasting in the desert. Pancake Tuesday falls 47 days before Easter. The word shrove derives from the word shrive, meaning to present oneself for confession, penance and absolution.
Why do people eat Pancakes on this day?
In times gone by, people used to prepare for the fast by using up all of the ingredients they had in their kitchen (eggs, milk, flour,butter..!)
With over two weeks to go until Pancake Tuesday (February 16th), I have decided to practice my pancake-making skills. I enjoyed these American Style pancakes for breakfast served with yoghurt and strawberries, however they can be served with whatever toppings you like. This is an easy recipe and it didn’t take long to make these yummy thick and fluffy pancakes.
You will need:
125g/4oz Odlums Self Raising Flour
1 tablespoon Shamrock Golden Caster Sugar (optional)
Pinch of Salt
150ml/¼ pint Milk
Oil for frying
Sieve flour and salt into a bowl, stir in the sugar (if using)
Add the egg and beat while adding the milk. Mix until mixture becomes smooth.
Heat a little oil on a pan and drop spoonfuls of batter onto pan. When mixture is puffed and bubbling on top, turn and cook on other side.
This recipe is by Irish blogger Niamh O’Sullivan and turned out delicious. I enjoyed two Nutella Swirls each morning served with some natural yoghurt and granola. These Nutella Swirls are a great breakfast option if you’re feeling like something sweet, snack or dessert and I look forward to making them again.
1 sheet puff pastry
Two heaped dessert spoons of Nutella
1 beaten egg
Icing sugar to decorate
Preheat oven to 190C.Spread Nutella over pastry.
Roll-up pastry and cut into pieces.
Brush the egg mixture over the seal of the pastry and add a little on top of the pinwheels. Place on a parchment lined oven tray and bake for approximately 18-20 minutes, or until golden and puffed.
Remove from oven and allow to cool. Once cooled, sift icing sugar over the top of the swirls. Enjoy!
I have never made French Toast before so I was looking forward to trying this delicious recipe by Glenisk. The French Toast is served with Glenisk Organic Greek Style Rich Dark Cherry Yogurt. This recipe turned out great and I would definitely make this French Toast again for a treat.
1-2 tsp Cinnamon 4 Medium eggs 1 tbsp Vanilla Essence 8 Slices Whole meal/brioche or sourdough bread 2 tbsp Oil 200g Glenisk Organic Greek Style Rich Dark Cherry Yogurt
Garnish (optional) Fresh fruit and icing sugar
Crack the eggs into a bowl and whisk, add vanilla essence and combine. Place a pan on medium heat. Drizzle with oil.
Pick the bread up with a fork and dip back and front in egg mixture, do this one at a time.
Transfer the egg dipped pieces of bread to the preheated pan and fry for a minute on either side until golden and the egg mixture is cooked.
Sprinkle French toasts with cinnamon and icing sugar and serve with Dark Cherry Yogurt and fresh fruit.
Salthill is one of my favourite places to go for a walk. I went there yesterday and it was very busy as it was a sunny day. I went with one of my best friends Niamh (Niamhus) after we went for brunch. We walked the promenade and went on the ferris wheel that is beside Leisureland before buying a cool drink at Centra and sitting by the sea. The Salthill prom in County Galway is a lovely place for a walk, especially when the weather is good. ☀️