Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent. Traditionally a time of fasting, Anglo-Saxon Christians went to confession and were “shriven” this means that they were absolved from their sins.
The other name for this day, Pancake Day, comes from the old English custom of using up all the fattening ingredients in the house before Lent. This then meant that people were ready to fast during Lent. The fattening ingredients that most people had in their houses in those days were eggs and milk. A very simple recipe to use up these ingredients was to combine them with some flour and make pancakes!
The residents at Holmwood celebrated Shrove Tuesday in just that manner; with Pancakes!
Ben, our Leisure and Lifestyle Coordinator cooked the fresh pancakes to order right in front of the residents. There was an abundance of toppings at the pop-up pancake station for the residents to create their own sweet treats.
There was a variety of berries, lemon butter and curd, jam, whipped cream, banana, Nutella and all different types of syrups and ice-cream. There was just so much deliciousness to choose from!
The residents and staff had a great time competing in “flip the flapjacks” and created delicious desserts that appealed to the eyes and the tastebuds! Pancake day is especially popular with residents AND with the staff!