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Shrove Tuesday is celebrated around the world with pancakes before the Lent festival begins

Natalie Keegan, February 12, 2018 9:13PM The Sun

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Shrove Tuesday is all about pancakes. Picture: Thinkstock media_cameraShrove Tuesday is all about pancakes. Picture: Thinkstock

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Today is the perfect day to ask for pancakes for breakfast or dessert after dinner.

Pancake Day is being celebrated around the world today (February 13). It’s real name is Shrove Tuesday and it always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday, which means the date changes each year.

A delicious stack of pancakes. media_cameraA delicious stack of pancakes.


The day precedes* Ash Wednesday, which is the start of when Christians celebrate Lent and typically stop eating certain foods or doing certain activities for 40 days.

To eat up the last of their food to prevent it going off, they would use dairy ingredients such as eggs and milk.

Flour and salt was added to the pancake recipe, with all four ingredients said to represent a different part of the Christian faith.

Eggs: said to symbolise creation

Flour: represents the main part of the human diet

Salt: for wholesomeness*

Milk: for purity*.

The name “shrove” comes from when Christians would traditionally go to confess and were “shriven” or cleansed of their sins.

These days, lots of people just look at Shrove Tuesday as a chance to eat yummy pancakes once a year.

Ben Spencer gets set to dig into a huge stack of blueberry pancakes. Picture: Nathan Edwards media_cameraBen Spencer gets set to dig into a huge stack of blueberry pancakes. Picture: Nathan Edwards


You will need:

125g of plain flour

2 eggs, medium sized

300ml of milk

Pinch of salt


1. Beat the eggs together with a fork.

2. Pour the flour into a bowl and make a well in the middle.

3. Pour the eggs into the well and whisk together.

4. Gradually, add in the milk.

5. Put the mixture in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

6. Rub oil around a non-stick pan.

7. Ladle out your mixture – one ladle equals one pancake.

8. After a couple of minutes, give your pancake a jiggle and when it no longer sticks give it a flip to do the other side.


precedes: comes before something in time

wholesomeness: promoting health

purity: being pure or free from guilt or sin





Activity 1: Action verbs

Each of the steps in the method for making pancakes contains one or more action verbs — these are the words that tell you what to do. (Examples: Spread the butter onto the bread; Crack an egg into the pan.) Find the action verbs in the recipe and write them down.

Make a list of at least 10 other action verbs you might see in a recipe.

Extension: Sometimes action verbs have an adverb in front of them that tells you how to do something. (Example: Gradually, add in the milk.) Can you come up with three adverbs that could be added into the pancake recipe?

Time: Allow 15 minutes.

Curriculum links: English


2. A plethora of pancakes

Imagine you are setting up a pop-up pancake restaurant for Shrove Tuesday. Design a menu for your pop-up restaurant. Make your menu using an A4 or A3 sheet of paper folded in half like you are making a card. Your menu should consist of the following:

Front Page: A clever name for your restaurant.

Page 2: Some information for your customers explaining what Shrove Tuesday is.

Page 3: Three savoury pancake menu options (main meals).

Page 4: Three sweet pancake menu options (desserts).

Extension: Write a procedure for making one of the pancake dishes on your menu. (Use the recipe from the article as your basis, adding in any extra steps or ingredients required.)

Time: Allow 30 minutes.

Curriculum links: English


Opener Operation

After reading the article, with a partner, highlight all the openers you can find in blue. Discuss if they are powerful and varied openers or not. Why do you think the journalists has used a mix of simple and power openers? Would you change any, and why?


Download and print the 1-6 grid (see below)

You will also need a dice between pairs.

Pick 6 different opener to use in the next activity, try and pick some easy and some challenging ones.

Write a different opener in each of the 1-6 grid spaces.

Think of a topic… A Bush Fire

Roll the dice and whichever opener you roll, you have to try and use to create an interesting sentence about the topic.

e.g. Their biggest fears had come true this summer as the bush fire threats seemed to get closer and closer.

Take turns, going back and forth. After three turns each, change the topic.

VCOP six grid for Kids News media_cameraVCOP six grid for Kids News
VCOP six grid for Kids News media_cameraVCOP six grid for Kids News


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