Pancake Day is here, and here at Dragonfly and Blossom we see it as a chance for the family to get stuck in and share a slightly messy and frantic supper time.

Stacked high and a choice of fillings on standby - what more could you want?

It is a tradition that lots of us participate in and we know it is the day before the start of lent on Ash Wednesday, but why is it called Shrove Tuesday?

The 40 days of lent leading up to Easter were traditionally a time of fasting and on Shrove Tuesday Anglo Saxon Christians went to confession and were 'shriven' (absolved from their sins).

A pancake may not be 'sin free' when it comes to eating healthily in 2017 - but how do we make the perfect one? Why not give this a try?

110g plain flour
pinch of salt
2 eggs
200ml milk
75ml water
50g butter

Mix the flour and salt together in a large bowl

Make a well in the centre and crack in the eggs

In a separate bowl mix together the milk and water

Beat the eggs into the flour with a wooden spoon and gradually beat in the milk and water to get a smooth liquid with the consistency of single cream

Allow to stand for 30 mins

Heat a frying pan until very hot and add a knob of butter

Ladle a ladleful of batter and move to cover the bottom of the pan.

Cook for 30 seconds and FLIP!

Cook the other side for a few more seconds and VOILA!

The selection of fillings vary here at our kitchen table. You can't beat the traditional lemon and sugar, I particularly like maple syrup and blueberries and Nutella always has to make an appearance, often mainly on fingers and noses!

Whatever your choice of filling, enjoy your time together this pancake day and we hope it is 'flipping fantastic' for you all.