So, Lent begins on Wednesday. It seems its time to give something up all over again. Traditionally, Shrove Tuesday was an important part of the Christian calendar, a time to reflect on what needs to be changed. Over the years, it’s become a day of indulgence before the fasting that is normally associated with Lent. We don’t need much of an excuse to indulge here at G’NOSH, but here are some of our favourite ways to enjoy a pancake tomorrow – whether or not you are abstaining from chocolate until Easter.
For a twist on a classic American pancake breakfast, serve with crispy pancetta, a drizzle of honey and a few fresh peaches. The salty bacon goes perfectly with the honey and fruit. If you’d like something on the lighter side, try using different flours, quinoa or buckwheat both make brilliant crepes and finish with fresh blueberries, a little yoghurt and flaked almonds.
Our Red Pepper dip is an amazing addition to a savoury crepe. Try it with a good handful of spinach or chard and some shredded chicken (we’re currently obsessed with Rannochs smoked). Serve with a crisp green salad. Try a Mexican twist on your pancakes this year by filling with our black bean, some pulled pork, mashed avocado and fresh coriander.
Smoked salmon and cream cheese crepes make delicious nibbles or a light lunch. Just spread your crepe with some cream cheese, fill with smoked salmon slices, roll and thinly slice.
For a fabulous dessert, try folding some strong espresso through some mascarpone, along with a little icing sugar, vanilla extract and some dark chocolate chips. Roll up and slice, finishing with some cocoa powder. Now that’s what we call an indulgence.