Posted by Stella Lang on 25 Feb 2020

Happy Pancake Day

Yes, it is that wonderful day of the year again where you can have pancakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Not that you need a reason to whisk up a good batch of pancakes anyway, but if there is a whole day dedicated to this delicacy, why not?

For me, the most exciting part of a pancake is the toppings. The combinations of toppings are endless and seeing all the different combinations of beautifully presented pancakes running through my Instagram feed makes me just want to have another pancake.

If you are based in Epsom and Ewell, you are lucky as you don’t have to travel far to taste some of the most delicious pancakes. From sweet to savoury dishes, Mandalina Patisserie in Ewell Village serves pancakes for all tastes. Are you a Banana and Nutella kind of pancake person, or does a Beef Ragu pancake takes your fancy? Crispy bacon with maple syrup is one of my all-time favourites and very excited to see they serve that at Mandalina’s too.

What is Shrove Tuesday and when is it?

Pancake Day is the last day of feasting before Lent begins on the following day, Ash Wednesday. This tradition comes from a time when any remaining rich foods were eaten on the day before Lent to use them up, and then the fasting begins. It is observed mainly in English-speaking countries like the UK, Ireland, Australia, Canada and the United States.

Shrove Tuesday is on Tuesday, 25th February in 2020 and happens on a different day every year to mark the start of the Christian festival of Lent which is the 40 days leading into Easter, which happens on 12 April this year. Lent is traditionally a time of fasting and sacrifice.

Historically, eggs, flour and milk used to be common things people gave up for Lent. But today I think it is the sweet toppings that we are most likely to give up such as sugar and chocolate.

Will you be making your own pancakes?

Do you fancy making your own pancakes, The Epsom Bakehouse has a Buttermilk Pancake Recipe on their website. One for the recipe book, for sure!

I was given this easy and simple banana and egg pancake recipe by one of my NCT friends a while ago. I’ve never tried it but if you can’t try a new pancake recipe on the eve of Shrove Tuesday, then, when can you?!

The recipe is super easy to make. Even with the help of my four-year old I whipped it up in 5-minutes. Cooking takes a bit longer. And the bonus is this recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free thus making for an incredibly healthy breakfast, snack or dessert. This recipe serves 2 people so multiply as required.


  • Two medium-sized bananas
  • Three large eggs


  1. Break the eggs into a bowl and mix with a fork.
  2. Mash the banana in a separate bowl. It doesn’t need to be fully smooth – it is ok to still have some small lumps.
  3. Mix the eggs and banana mixtures together until combined. This should take approximately 2 minutes.
  4. Heat a frying pan, add some olive oil and spoon in some of the mixture into the pan. You can use a large serving spoon to create smaller pancakes. You should be able to get approximately 4 small pancakes into your pan, depending on the pan size.
  5. Put the lid on and cook for 2 minutes on a medium heat.
  6. Flip the pancakes over and cook for another 2 minutes with the lid on.
  7. Remove pancakes from the pan and serve with maple syrup/honey and fruit (strawberries, blueberries or strawberries). This recipe will also go really well with bacon and syrup.

Happy pancake flipping!

Stella xxx

Stella Lang
Stella is a family lifestyle blogger who lives in Epsom with her husband and two young daughters. Her passions include travelling, discovering new experiences and being outdoors as close to nature as possible. She is known for her love of good food, champagne and quest to raise happy, healthy children and enjoying all the wonderful family outings Surrey has to offer.

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