Tomorrow is Shrove Tuesday, otherwise called Pancake Day.
Although there are many ways to get the whole family involved, there are some top tips to carry out to avoid any kitchen disasters and flops.
So grab your aprons and get tossing those pancakes!
You can still become immersed in the culinary showdown even if you have any allergies with gluten-free flour and ingredients.
But do you know why we celebrate Shrove Tuesday?
Well first of all, it is the last day before the period of Lent which is a time of abstinence of giving things up.
Therefore, the day is a tradition for Brits to have the last chance of indulging themselves and to use up foods that aren’t allowed in Lent such as eggs and butter.
And it is named Shrove Tuesday because the word derives from the old word ‘shrive’ which means to confess. In the Middle Ages people used to confess their sins so that they were forgiven before Lent began.
There is no single way to make pancakes and you can include everything from sugar, lemon, jam and chocolate, to ham and cheese.
But popular toppings include;
- Ice cream
- Golden syrup
- Strawberry jam
For specific recipes, there are numerous websites available but Ulster Weavers advice is to just go with the flow because practice makes perfect!
If you are making pancakes for the very first time, just remember to mix the flour and salt first into a mixing bowl and make a well in the centre to break the eggs into. Add the small quantities of milk and water gradually and continue whisking until the batter is smooth.
Why not make the flipping of the pancakes a competition with the kids to see who can toss the highest? Just be careful as not to get any stuck to the ceiling!
And another tip is that pancakes are best eaten as soon as possible before they go rubbery.