Shrove Tuesday Football…oh and pancakes!

Ahhh…Pancake Day!

Shrove Tuesday football was part of community celebrations for Shrove Tuesday in many towns. Kingston not far from where I live had the game but was eventually banned because of the damage and violence caused.

The Victorians pretty much killed it off when they the passed the Highway Act 1835 which banned playing football on public highways although there are some town that still have what is termed as ‘mob football’.

But of course we must not forget pancakes on what is generally known as ‘Pancake Day’, so it’s over to Mrs Beeton for her crepe recipe which is what a pancake essentially is:

Ingredients: 2 eggs, 2 oz of butter, 2 oz of sifted sugar, 2 oz of flour, 1/2 pint of new milk.

Mode: Beat the eggs thoroughly, and put them into a basin with the butter, which should be beaten to a cream; stir in the sugar and flour, and when these ingredients are well mixed, add the milk; keep stirring and beating the mixture for a few minutes; put it on buttered plates, and bake in a quick oven for 20 minutes. Serve with a cut lemon and sifted sugar, or pile the pancakes high on a dish, with a layer of preserve or marmalade between each. Sufficient for 3 or 4 persons.



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