• Candlemas ! Hedgehog day ! 'Crêpes Day' *

     

    PANCAKE  WEEK !!!

    Yum-yum !

    Catch it if you can !

    Yum-yum ! 

    YUM-YUM !

    With the 2-year-old pupils ...

    2-year-old pupils

     All by myself ! All by myself !

    Candlemas...

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    In France, this holiday is called la Chandeleur, Fête de la Lumière, or "jour des crêpes".

    Not only do the French eat a lot of crêpes on Chandeleur, but they also do a bit of fortune telling while making them. It is traditional to hold a coin in your writing hand and a crêpe pan in the other, and flip the crêpe into the air. If you manage to catch the crêpe in the pan, your family will be prosperous for the rest of the year.

    There are all kinds of French proverbs and sayings for Chandeleur; here are just a few. Note the similarities to the Groundhog Day predictions made in the US and Canada and the hedgehog in Europe.

    À la Chandeleur, l'hiver cesse ou reprend vigueur
    On Candlemas, winter ends or strengthens

    À la Chandeleur, le jour croît de deux heures
    On Candlemas, the day grows by two hours

    Chandeleur couverte, quarante jours de perte
    Candlemas covered (in snow), forty days lost

    Rosée à la Chandeleur, hiver à sa dernière heure
    Dew on Candlemas, winter at its final hour

    * Not' Pancake Day' !

    In the UK, we have a tradition of making and eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, 8 March 2011, depending on the date for Easter. Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday to use its correct title, is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Lent - the 40 days leading up to Easter - was traditionally a time of fasting and on Shrove Tuesday Christians went to confession and were "shriven" (absolved from their sins). Pancake Day became a great way to use the foods that were given up for Lent – milk, butter, and eggs.

    The humble pancake has featured in recipe books as far back as 1439.

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    4 oz (100 g) plain flour
    10 fl oz (300 ml) milk
    2 eggs
    2 oz (50 g) melted butter
    Pinch of salt

    1. Sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl.
    2. Make a well in the center and add the eggs.
    3. Whisk to add the eggs.
    4. Gradually add the milk and keep whisking.
    5. Melt the butter in a frying pan on a hot heat.
    6. Add 2 tablespoons of melted butter to the batter mix.
    7. Pour the batter into the frying pan and tilt from side to side to create a thin layer of batter.
    8. Cook for 1 minute.
    9. Loosen the edges of the pancake and flip it over.
    10. Cook the other side for a minute.
    11. Have some fun tossing the pancake!
    12. Slide out of the pan onto a plate. You can stack them with greaseproof paper between.
    13. Delicious with sugar and lemon juice

     

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