With Shrove Tuesday just a day away, we are getting ready for a pancake party once we get home from work, and immerse ourselves in sugary goodness. Since 1439, between the months of February and March, people around the globe have been celebrating Shrove Tuesday (or Pancake Day as it is more commonly known), as it resembles the last minute feast of leftover food before the 40 days of Lent. Shrove Tuesday was the last opportunity to use up eggs and fats before embarking on Lent, and pancakes are the perfect way of using up these ingredients.
Now we all know that the traditional English pancake is a thin, flat cake made of batter and fried in a frying pan. However, having a collection of friends who prefer savoury to sweet for various reasons, they tell me that pancakes don’t just peak at the deliciously sweet honey and lemon toppings. Personally, I have a penchant for the sweet things in life, but a quick search on Pinterest is enough to get me interested in adding meats such as ham and chorizo, or vegetables like broccoli and spinach, to my pancake mix this year as a healthier alternative.
One particularly scrummy savoury recipe I found on Pinterest creates a Spinach and Potato pancake mix, which can be re-heated easily enough to have for lunch the next day too. The recipe combines nothing more than a potato, onion, cup of spinach and a couple of other additions such as garlic and almond flour, making it a reasonably priced meal that’s quick and easy to make. These savoury pancakes are perfect to take on the go, and can be eaten warm or cold for a scrummy Shrove-inspired snack (if you have any leftover, that is). You can find this healthy recipe here alongside all the ingredients. To complete the meal, these pancakes could be garnished with a fresh salad, and served with a berry-inspired smoothie for the ultimate health kick.
February 16th 2015