Shrove Tuesday – pancake ideas

Shrove Tuesday – pancake ideas

Pancakes are a regular favourite in our house and I have posted about them on a few occasions, here and here!  We are still having them for breakfast every day and while it works for getting the kids out of bed on a school morning, without me having to scream at them, I can see it carrying on for some time yet.

For Shrove Tuesday we need to do something more exciting than our usual sugar and lemon.  So we will be tossing them (I have been practising – I didn’t drop any but managed to hit the ceiling a couple of times).  But we need to think about some different toppings.  I suggested a savoury version, but there wasn’t much support for that (although watch this space as I did find some tasty recipes).

The kids prefer sweet toppings and have asked for Nutella, squirty cream, chocolate sauce (I do a home made version with melted chocolate and double cream), ice cream and ‘sweets’.  I think they are envisioning a mini version of the ice cream factory at Pizza Hut!  I am going to add a selection of fresh fruit – sliced banana, raspberries, blueberries and strawberries to provide a little healthy balance.  And for me?  For a quick grown up pancake I like vanilla ice cream with a little orange liqueur drizzled over, but I would love to hear your suggestions.

You will find lots more delicious pancake recipes here.

How do you get a teenager to eat breakfast?

How do you get a teenager to eat breakfast?

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but as the kids get older it seems to get harder and harder to get them to sit down and eat a proper meal in the morning.

When Joe was younger he would happily eat an egg-based breakfast such as an omelette. Now, he wants to grab something on the way to school or when he gets there (leaving me with visions of him drinking energy drinks or eating chocolate for breakfast). The worst thing is that the others follow his lead: If Joe doesn’t eat breakfast, John doesn’t want any and then neither does Frances – before you know it we are all grabbing something at school or work and we have lost an important family meal (and it is important for family time as well as for sustenance).

So how do you get a teenager to eat breakfast? I think I’ve cracked it! But the answer is to indulge them…..

It was Frances’s birthday on Tuesday and she wanted pancakes for her birthday breakfast. Normally, I have to shout (and shout and SHOUT) to get them all out of bed. But when I called to tell them that the pancakes were nearly ready, they all miraculously appeared at the table. Less shouting, less stress and they all went to school having eaten a healthy breakfast of pancakes made from eggs. I decided to make them for the rest of the week and it is still working – they get up with no arguments and they eat!

However, I am not so indulgent that they have a choice of yummy toppings (I will save those for Shrove Tuesday :))– I am keeping it to sugar and lemon, or jam. And I am giving them a healthy version, adding oat bran to the mix, which helps them stay fuller for longer. Click here for more delicious pancake recipe ideas.

Pancakes with Oat Bran
2/3 mug plain flour
1/3 mug oat bran
1 mug milk
2 British Lion eggs
½ tablespoon butter (melted)
pinch of salt for seasoning


  1. Measure out the flour and oat bran in a mug and put it in a mixing bowl or large jug. I use approximately two thirds flour and one third oat bran, but this can be adjusted to taste. I also intend to experiment with wholemeal flour.
  2. Use the same mug to measure and add the milk, crack the eggs into the mixture and add the melted butter before beating together (I use an electric hand whisk). The mixture will have a texture that is like runny porridge.
  3. Put a frying pan on a medium high heat, use a little butter or oil for frying and add a good ladle full of the batter mixture tilting the frying pan to allow the mixture to cover the base (I use a large mixing jug to prepare the mixture and just pour it into the frying pan). Cook until lightly browned, then flip and cook the other side.