We LOVE Pancake Day here at St Mary's!
Pancake Day (otherwise called Shrove Tuesday) is the day that we remember that God offers us forgiveness through his son Jesus, who became human like us, lived among us, died for us and then was raised to life to show that God had defeated both sin and death! Did you know that in other cultures they celebrate Shrove Tuesday by eating doughnuts (malasaladas, Madeira and Hawaii), salted meat and peas (Iceland), or green pea soup (Finland)? Personally, we're glad we've got pancakes. Although the doughnuts sound tasty...
'Shrove' is an old word that means 'to be forgiven' and Shrove Tuesday is the last day before the season of Lent, where we remember that it was because of our sin that Jesus came and died. It reminds us that, though we all sadly still sin against God in the things that we think and say and do, Jesus has already paid the price so that we can be completely forgiven! It is a day of hope that sustains us through the ups and downs of life.
Normally, our vicar Malcolm would be stationed in Cafe Hope all day frying up delicious pancakes for everyone to enjoy! Whilst that's not possible this year - you can still enjoy the authentic Malcolm Macdonald experience whilst making your own pancake by tuning in to our Pancake Party on Zoom, 12noon on Tuesday 16th February! Fun for all the family - Malcolm will be hosting an interactive cook-along and we have Caroline's fail-proof recipe below along with a link to a Scripture Union Pancake Day sheet with great activities for the kids! Don't miss it!
Caroline's pancake recipe
Ingredients (makes enough for about 2 people…I multiple it up 2 or 3 times for family of 5)
100g plain flour
300ml semi-skimmed milk
1 tbsp oil
1. Put flour and salt in the mixing bowl, make a well in the centre.
2. Crack the eggs in the middle, then pour in the oil and about 50ml of the milk.
3. Whisk together, incorporating all flour.
4. Pour in steady stream of remaining milk while whisking to a smooth batter, to the consistency of thick single cream.