Tuesday, February 05, 2008

It's flipping Pancake Day! Duck!

Doesn't it seem as though there's always some food-related holiday happening?

Today, in the UK at least, it's Pancake Day, otherwise known as Shrove Tuesday, from the Middle English word meaning "to gorge on large quantities of carbs":

"For lyke the sowe that stoppe not to tayste,
He shrove the pan-queques inn hys fayce"
--Geoffrey Chaucer

Okay, maybe not. Wikipedia has the truth about
Shrove Tuesday (the day after Collop Monday).

But this time-honored tradition may be on its way out, according to two recent stories from the British media.

A pancake race in Ripon, North Yorkshire,
has been canceled because organizers were asked to provide insurance and employ medical staff in case of injury.

Really! How ridiculous is that? It's not as though anyone could get hurt ...

(Oh. Never mind.)

According to another report in the UK Guardian,
fewer people are inspired to cook up a stack of pancakes:
One of the problems may be a lack of basic pancake-making skills. Only one in three people say they are "very confident" about what goes into pancake batter and only one in five say they are confident pancake flippers.
I'm starting to see a pattern here.

Why does the Ripon race need danger money? Fear of flipping.

What puts people off making their own? Fear of flipping.

People, don't be afraid! It's not as though you even need to flip. That's like setting food on fire; it's done for show.

Which reminds me: I'm thinking of making crêpes Suzette for dessert tonight.

What's the number for 911 again?

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Blogger JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

That is way too funny! Man, I love these Foodie Holidays! Did you know today is also World Nutella Day!?

Welcome to The Foodie Blogroll!

2:41 PM  
Blogger Jules said...

Forget pancake race, have a look at shrovetide football that takes place at a town near me today and tomorrow. Strangely enough they insurance people don't manage to get this banned! http://www.youtube.com/v/Wn1oQqLRKXo&rel=1

5:13 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

I love your tag line, that is wonderful.

2:32 PM  
Blogger LimeyG said...

Do you think World Nutella Day is a direct result of Pancake Day? The two go so well together.

In the UK, there used to be an ad campaign for Jif Lemon that reminded people, "Don't forget the pancakes on Jif Lemon Day ..."

5:11 PM  

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