Pancakes, Races & Parliamentary Tossers
ITV News anchor Natasha Kaplinsky will start the 2012 Rehab Parliamentary Pancake Race this morning with MPs, Lords and political correspondents vying for the title of ultimate pancake tosser!
At Victoria Tower Gardens, outside the Houses of Parliament pancake tossing skills will be on display in aid of Rehab, a charity transforming the lives of people with disabilities and others who are marginalised by enabling them to become more active, independent and play a fuller part in their communities.
On Shrove Tuesday tourists will no doubt enjoy the pancake-tossing spectacle for Rehab now in its 15th year. But if it’s longevity you’re looking for it has to be the Olney Pancake Race. They've been running it on Shrove Tuesday in Buckinghamshire for at least 570 years!
And this is an all girls affair. Only women who have been resident in Olney for at least six months can enter, wearing aprons and headscarves and tossing a pancake in a frying pan while running between The Bull in and St. Peter and St. Paul Church.
However, if you’re in London on Shrove Tuesday and want a full day’s tossing entertainment you could move on from Parliament to the Great Spitalfields Pancake Race. Teams of four will run along Dray Walk with heats starting at 12.30pm followed by the finals and the prize giving. The winners receive an engraved - frying pan.
If you are staying at home and want to make some pancakes, here’s a simple recipe for 8 pancakes:
220g/8oz of sifted plain flour, a pinch of salt, 2 eggs, 1 pint of milk, 50g/2oz butter, caster sugar and lemon wedges.
Sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl. Make a well in the centre and add the eggs. Whisk whilst making sure all the flour is mixed in and gradually add milk whilst whisking all the while.
When you have a batter that resembles single cream, cover and allow to stand for half an hour.
Heat a heavy frying pan on a medium heat after greasing with butter. Once the butter has melted and the pan is hot use a ladle to pour 2 tablespoons of batter in and evenly coat the bottom of the pan.
Cook for 30-45 seconds on one side then use a fish slice to turn the pancake over and cook the other side until golden. Slide out of the pan and serve with sugar and lemon.