Before today, I had never made a pancake.
At home, Mum always used to make them, although Dad fancied himself as a bit of a “tosser”…
When I first lived away from home, at University, my friend Dave made the best pancakes. In fact that’s when my habit started of eating pancakes at times other than Shrove Tuesday.
Then I moved in with the geekdaddy, and he made the pancakes. He makes excellent pancakes (although I still think Dave’s are better – sorry babe!). He has always made the pancakes.
Today is actually the first time I have been the sole adult capable of cooking pancakes in the house on a Shrove Tuesday. The geekdaddy has been away (covering the Focus on Imaging show for his excellent photography site PhotoWalkthrough), so I’ve been solo wrangling the kids for the last couple of days. I’m not a religious person, so Shrove Tuesday doesn’t have a particular significance for me, so generally I’d have just shrugged and thought “no matter, we’ll have the pancakes tomorrow instead”.
But I’m a mother now. And I have kids. And I remember how I loved Shrove Tuesday when I was a kid, so I want my kids to enjoy it too. So I decided this would be the year. I would make pancakes!
I prepared by watching the My Daddy Cooks video of making savoury pancakes with the geekdaughter. She was quite interested, starting off by asking who it was in the video (I told her it was Archie and his Daddy), but by the end she was quite put out.
“That Daddy’s making the pancakes wrong Mummy”
“Is he, sweetie?”
“Yes, you don’t put ham and cheese and that other stuff in them, do you? Everyone knows you put syrup on them!”
(I blame her father).
We finally agreed that if she was going to have a pancake with syrup on it, she’d have to have a savoury one first as well, and we settled on cheese and ham (She wasn’t interested in the spinach).
But I still had to get over the “I’ve never made pancakes before, and I have this idea that they’re really hard” mentality. So I turned to my lovely Twitter and Facebook friends, who told me to find the Delia Smith recipe, it was foolproof, and I’d be fine. I found Delia’s recipe for basic pancakes, loaded it up on my iPad, and we were all set.
They actually turned out pretty well. I need more practice getting the frying pan the right temperature, as I did almost burn a couple of them, but the batter mix was perfect.
The geekdaughter did very well, and ate her ham and cheese one before polishing off one with golden syrup. We also gave the geekson a few pieces, and it seems he enjoyed them too!
We even had enough batter left over for the geekdaddy to have one when he got home! So I’m feeling pretty virtuous today 🙂