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Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday

Following Shrove Tuesday yesterday, today is Ash Wednesday, the official first day of Lent during the Christian year and the prelude to Easter.  Lent represents the 40 days that Jesus Christ spent in the wilderness, fasting and contemplating his mission on earth. Known as the ‘Day of Ashes’ because of the practice of having ash rubbed &  drawn on the forehead in the shape of a cross (representing Christ’s crucifixion), by a priest at the  dedicated Ash Wednesday church service. The priest and participants from the church congregation intone the phrase either the words:-

“Repent, and believe in the Gospel” or  the dictum “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”       

Anglican,Catholic and most Protestant and Christians hold Ash Wednesday services around the world. Following the service, participants observe some sort of fasting,abstinence and spiritual contemplation for 40 Days, ending on Maundy Thursday in 2018.

The practice of using  ash comes from the 11th Century and is taken from the Biblical Book of Daniel, where ashes are regarded as a sign of Penance & fasting. The ashes are normally made by the burning of palm crosses. These palm crosses were  handed out to  church congregations during the previous year’s Palm Sunday service (commemorating Christ’s entry into Jerusalem to crowds waving palm leaves in celebration) and given back to the priest shortly before Ash Wednesday. The priest will then burn the crosses and mix the ash normally with Holy Oil to sanctify and make a ‘paste’ with which to rub on the participant’s forehead.

Shrove Tuesday

shrove-tuesday1Today is shrove Tuesday, which has now become better known as Pancake Day.

What is Shrove Tuesday about?  Has it become just a day of cooking and tossing pancakes?

Shrove Tuesday is the last day of merriment and feasting before Lent begins in earnest.

But in truth and in its history, today is about penitence.  Shrove Tuesday got its name from the ritual of shriving, which early Christians used to do.

The act of shriving meant that Christians would confess their sins and their shortcomings and in so doing will receive absolutions.

Absolution means the person will be forgiven of his sins and released from his guilt and pain that he had caused.

This tradition is very old.

Shrove Tuesday

It was a custom and tradition of the early Christians to confess their sins a week before the start of Lent to their priest/confessor, who shall so shrive them.

Today is not only about pancake but a time to think about the wrong deeds that we have done or have continued  doing.  We must be penitent of them.

On the happier side, Shrove Tuesday is also about partying and feasting.  Time to cook and serve all the foods that may have to be given up for the sober Lent to come. Barbecue the meat and fish and make pastas so no food are wasted for the coming Lent.  Today is like a Mardi Gras – Fat Tuesday.

Pancake became the ideal food for Tuesday because it uses up all the fats, milk and eggs with the addition of flour.

Source:  BBC.co.uk




Pancake Race & Pancake Tossing

All over the country, some activities involving pancakes are going on.

Pancake racing and pancake tossing are the two most popular ones.

Our church, All Saints in Childshill is tonight holding a pancake tossing competition. The winner will be the one to toss the most without dropping any within a certain time. This is usually a very popular church get-together

Pancake racing is running whilst holding a pan of pancake, the contestant was to continuously toss the pancake while on the run.

The history of pancake race is an interesting and a rather charming one. Apparently it all started in 1445. A woman so caught up with making pancakes lost track of time during the Shrove Tuesday. Her preoccupation with the pancakes was interrupted by the church bell ringing. Being faithful to the church the woman raced out of the house and ran all the way to the church still holding the pan of pancake and with her apron still on.

One of the most famous pancake races is held at Olney in Buckinghamshire over a 415 yard course. The rules are strict; contestants have to toss their pancake at both the start and the finish, as well as wearing an apron and a scarf. The race is followed by a church service.

Since 1950 Olney has competed with Liberal in Kansas, which holds an identical race, to see which town can produce the fastest competitor. After the 2000 race, Liberal was leading with 26 wins to Olney’s 24.

Reference: BBC.co.uk


Shrove Tuesday – Pancake Day

For breakfast, dessert or just as a snack, crepes are an endlessly versatile vehicle for creative toppings. Sweet or savoury, the only restriction is your imagination, so start with this foolproof recipe (ingredients below) and go from there. Read more recipes from Great British Chefs here.

40g caster sugar
165g plain flour
Pinch of salt
60g unsalted butter, melted
50ml whole milk, warmed
4 eggs


To celebrate Pancake Day, I cooked my own version of pancake. I like to use self-raising flour instead of the plain flour, thus my pancake is softer and slightly bulkier than the standard crepe.

My recipe which was very nice according to my husband:

6grams self raising flour
2 eggs
1 cup of milk
3 grams sugar

Whisk the eggs with the flour and sugar.

Add the milk and continue whisking until all the lumps have dissolved into a smooth mixture.

Heat a pan and drop a little knob of butter with a dash of oil so butter won’t burn. Ensure to coat the frying pan with the fat. Remove the excess oil/and butter with a kitchen towel.

Drop a ladle of the mixture into the pan. When the pancake has started to bubble, turn it around by carefully lifting round the corners.

Butter then add your favourite toppings such as sprinkle of lemon, or maple syrup or chocolate and banana or even ice-cream.

Shrove Tuesday

Today is Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Day. Tossing pancake is the business – what fun!!!

Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday, which is tomorrow. It is the start of Lent for Christians.

When my son was really young we used to troop to church and join in with the pancake tossing at the church hall. There would also be picture quizez before the pancake tossing. We used to look forward to the event as our family was the quiz champion. hehehe

Now that James is grown up, Pancake day is not the same anymore. But perhaps one day we will go back to join in the fun once again.

Basic pancakes with sugar and lemon Trust Delia Smith to show you exactly how to make classic pancakes – and enjoy Pancake Day without any flops.
For the pancake mixture
110g/4oz plain flour, sifted

pinch of salt

2 eggs

200ml/7fl oz milk mixed with 75ml/3fl oz water

50g/2oz butter

To serve
caster sugar

lemon juice

lemon wedges

Preparation method
Sift the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl with a sieve held high above the bowl so the flour gets an airing. Now make a well in the centre of the flour and break the eggs into it. Then begin whisking the eggs – any sort of whisk or even a fork will do – incorporating any bits of flour from around the edge of the bowl as you do so.

Next gradually add small quantities of the milk and water mixture, still whisking (don’t worry about any lumps as they will eventually disappear as you whisk). When all the liquid has been added, use a rubber spatula to scrape any elusive bits of flour from around the edge into the centre, then whisk once more until the batter is smooth, with the consistency of thin cream. Now melt the 50g/2oz of butter in a pan. Spoon 2 tbsp of it into the batter and whisk it in, then pour the rest into a bowl and use it to lubricate the pan, using a wodge of kitchen paper to smear it round before you make each pancake.

Now get the pan really hot, then turn the heat down to medium and, to start with, do a test pancake to see if you’re using the correct amount of batter. I find 2 tbsp is about right for an 18cm/7in pan. It’s also helpful if you spoon the batter into a ladle so it can be poured into the hot pan in one go. As soon as the batter hits the hot pan, tip it around from side to side to get the base evenly coated with batter. It should take only half a minute or so to cook; you can lift the edge with a palette knife to see if it’s tinged gold as it should be. Flip the pancake over with a pan slice or palette knife – the other side will need a few seconds only – then simply slide it out of the pan onto a plate.

Stack the pancakes as you make them between sheets of greaseproof paper on a plate fitted over simmering water, to keep them warm while you make the rest.

To serve, sprinkle each pancake with freshly squeezed lemon juice and caster sugar, fold in half, then in half again to form triangles, or else simply roll them up. Serve sprinkled with a little more sugar and lemon juice and extra sections of lemon.

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