Thursday, October 5, 2006
Pancake breakfast Oct. 14 in Byhalia
By JEAN BURROW
The dictionary says a pancake is a flat, tender, quick bread cooked on a griddle or a skillet.
Those who deal in guess work about such things tell us the pancake began with primitive man. He probably mixed a meal with water, spread it on a flat rock and let the sun do the rest. We can neither prove that theory wrong or right.
We do know that the Egyptians used a similar method to bake such a cake. The men in Roman legions also had pancakes in their diet.
During the Middle Ages, pancakes became part of a religious custom. To eat pancakes on Shrove Tuesday was a means of using up fats before fasting began. The ingredients in pancakes were symbolic to these people; the flour for the staff of life, the eggs for fertility and milk for innocence.
The pancake race in Oliney, England, is said to date from 1445. A housewife had to run from the town square to the church flipping a pancake in her skillet as she went.
In England, the first one to the church is the winner.
Now that your pancake trivia is complete, make plans to eat pancakes at the First Presbyterian Church on October 14, 7 to 10 a.m.
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