Preparing For Pancake Day

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Only a couple of days and it will be Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, or Mardi Gras. However you describe it, pancakes are just delicious, and I always welcome the chance to celebrate this. Every year I make traditional French style crepes with lemon juice and sugar for dessert; they are the simplest and just the best, and I often make a savoury ‘main-course’ pancake as well.

This year I am going to have a go at making buckwheat galettes, with the traditional fillings of cheese, spinach, ham, and maybe a nice fresh egg cracked over the top. I remember eating the most amazing galettes in Brittany a few years ago, when Mia was a toddler. We visited the Île-de-Bréhat, just off the northern coast and found a little coastal cafe totally by accident. It had beautiful gardens, with benches for seats and a hut which doubled as the kitchen and service counter, and it served only galettes. I had never tried them before, and they were so good…we actually ended up ordering seconds, so we could try more of the flavours! I only realised after we returned from our trip that the Île-de-Bréhat is famous for it’s buckwheat and traditional mill which works with the tides. So I have ordered some authentic looking French buckwheat flour and will attempt to recreate them.

Anyone have a good recipe, or any helpful tips for a first-timer?

I have added quite a few new pancake recipes to my Shrove Tuesday Pinterest board. I’ve included some gluten free and vegan pancakes, as a vague recognition of the need to be healthy sometimes – they look delicious.

 Happy Pancake Day for Tuesday!

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