Happy Pancake Day!
On the first of February I posted on my Instagram a picture that said:
“Hello February! Month of the Valentine…sod that, month of Pancake Day!”
Seriously, to me Valentines is for card companies to make money but Pancake Day is one of my favourites. Firstly, it involves food which is always a winner but secondly it brings back lovely memories from my childhood.
One person I haven’t spoken about much on my blog is my step dad, Chris. He was part of my life from the age of 5 and my older sister and brother are from his previous relationship before my Mum. Sadly, he battled with alcohol and died a few years ago. Our relationship became difficult towards the end, due to the person alcohol made him, but we had built a close relationship before that and I am forever grateful for the love, support and childhood opportunities I had growing up from him with my Mum. I have many wonderful memories of holidays abroad, visiting the car dealership he own and Christmas’ together.
One memory that pops into my head every Pancake Day is that of Chris teaching me how to make and flip pancakes. He was a pro at it and it was a day we always enjoyed with a variety of deliciously filled pancakes. With that in mind, I like to follow this on with our children. Obviously Spud was none the wiser this year although we have to thank her for sleeping soundly while her brother, Daddy and I enjoyed our pancakes. Chris would be slightly disappointed to know that I can never remember the recipe for pancake mix and I hold my head in shame and say that I actually bought a pre-made “Just add water” mix last year.
This year I decided to make them on Sunday morning so that my husband could enjoy them too, as he always works Tuesdays. I googled “basic pancake recipe”, picked this one and off we went with the eggs, flour and milk. Little L was very helpful in pouring the milk into the flour and eggs while I frantically whisked away. Pancakes are a lovely way of getting children involved in cooking because it’s all so hands on. I love baking anyway but I find baking with my son slightly stressful as I’m a perfectionist.
Pancakes = no perfection needed!
We had a lovely selection of fillings on the table from the traditional lemon and sugar to the indulgent chocolate spread, bananas, golden syrup and shredded apple. Once the pancake was pretty much cooked, my son held onto the pan handle with me while we jiggled it to the edge of the pan before flipping it together. His little face was a picture of happiness.
His face was also a picture of mess by the end of the meal – smeared with chocolate spread! Ha ha!
My favourite filling has always been golden syrup. I love that sugary stuff (it’s lovely on toast too!) however I really enjoyed the shredded apple this year. I sprinkled a little sugar on mine however my husband added syrup and said it was yummy. I think our son pretty much had everything between the FIVE pancakes he managed to digest although, typically for a three year old, his favourite was chocolate.
I become a bit of a pancake addict once I start on them so I’m already planning to make them again tomorrow when my Mum, sister and nieces come round. It was such a fun activity to do as a family that we have said we will do a pancake breakfast on a Sunday for special treats now and then too.
Do you like pancakes and a dedicated to them as much as I do? Do you think there should be a chocolate day? Or a Prosecco day?! Ha ha. Whats your favourite filling? I’d love to inspiration for new ones to try! Comment below or find me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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