It's flipping Pancake Day! Duck!
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"
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?