The idea behind the entire concept is use everything in your cupboard so that it is bare for the Lent fasting. It is fine if you just like pancakes, you are not actually forced to fast if you partake.
In South Africa we like making pancakes a lot! When it’s cold, rainy weather, at church fetes or if your children just demand pancakes. We also don’t have sugar and lemon, don’t hate on me now please. We mix cinnamon and sugar and layer the pancakes covering them as you make them to melt the sugar and make a syrup. It’s amazing but I am still working on my husband who is British, don’t mess with a Brits tradition.
We also do savory as the pancakes make up the entire meal. Normally there is a cheese variety, you sprinkle the cheese in the pancake and roll them up as you make them, stack them so the cheese is melted and gooey. I couldn’t just give my babies cheese and sugar, right? So I made a few for them with a few more food groups.
Follow the mince pancake:
Ingredients: For quantities go on your own palate or that of your children
- Pork mince (use any you like here Beef, chicken, turkey, it matters not we just adding protein)
- Onion finely chopped ( small cubs not minced)
- Coriander seeds and/ or ground cumin
- Graham masala
- Dijon mustard
- Frozen peas, defrost or microwave for 2 minutes
- In a pan toast the coriander seeds and bash in a pestle and mortar
- Add some cooking oil of your preference, we use olive oil for this and fry off your onions
- You can add finely chopped carrots, peppers or mushrooms here if you desire, we are keeping it simple
- Now add your spices and fry for 1 minute or less till fragrant, add your mince and brown
- Put a teaspoon of mustard and stir
- Lastly add your peas, I like to squash mine, so they digest easier
- Season with pepper, I do not add salt to their meals
I made our pancake batter earlier while the children were napping and just added the vinegar and baking powder 25minutes before cooking and left the mixture out the fridge.
Once you have flipped the pancake and it looks well cooked flip it back as the first side should be on the outside (this step is not needed just how I was taught). Sprinkle your cheese and then mince mixture and a few peas if you didn’t add them before. Now slide the pancake onto kitchen roll and roll up by hand.
A tasty alternative is to mash roasted butternut or sweet potato and layer that with cheese and roll up. I am sure everyone will love it not just the babies.