There’s Power In Pancakes (Are They A Centuries Old Secret Weapon?)

Pancakes have been a part of people’s diets since recorded history. Street vendors in ancient Rome would sell Alita Dolcia (translated: another sweet) to passing Senators and businessmen in the city, often drizzled with a little honey.

The shape of the pancake is said to represent the sun and the start of spring. It seems every nationality has their take on pancakes, although the strangest is probably veriohukainen or blodplättar pancakes in Scandinavia – where pigs’ blood is mixed into the batter.

The Japanese have been indulging in their own form of pancakes – funo-yaki (麩の焼き) – since the 16th century. Sen no Rikyu added them as a sweet treat in the Japanese tea service he invented.

They disappeared after the shogun rule was overturned, then reemerged around World War II as okonomiyaki, which is sort of an omelet type of pancake, with several ingredients baked in.

There’s Even More To Pancake

Pancakes also have a religious connection – of sorts. The ancient Catholic tradition of Lent, a time of sacrifice, began in the fourth century. While the French did their Fat Tuesday, in other parts of medieval Europe, that “holiday” is known as Pancake Tuesday.

A Good Treat

While the economic barrier to fancy pancakes seems to have diminished nowadays, pancakes still carry some special place in many people’s hearts.

Whether it’s memories of family breakfasts on the weekend – or breakfast for dinner – or the royal air of fluffiness, pancakes represent the good life.Need an affordable kids activity to turn the day around? Pancakes!

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