Shrove Tuesday 2002. A sleepy Fluffhouse kitchen in Cambridge. Little did we know the geographical insights that were about to come our way from a humble frying pan.
Yes, we now present to you the pancake of britain, a fully-formed map of the british isles in a pancake. Created by Casby and shortly thereafter eaten by Arwen, but in the intervening period captured in the form of ones and zeroes so as to be released to the world.
On the left we have the seemingly innocent face of Britain, and on the right we have the Dark Side. Sadly, the Isle of Man only features on the Dark Side, as it was eaten in between the two shots. The fluffhouse is marked on the Light Side, should anyone wish to find us.
The recipe for the pancake of britain is as follows (and makes a yummy normal pancake too...)
2 cups self-raising flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
2 bananas (mashed, and here pretending to be eggs)
2 tablespoons oil
1 cup milk (if soya/rice milk, then pancakes are all vegan and stuff)
white wine to taste
Mix dry ingredients in a bowl. Add the wet ingredients apart from the wine and stir them in until the mixture looks as uniform as can be expected given that it contains mashed bananas. Now recall how thick you like your pancakes: if thick, then add a splash of wine, if thin then add wine until the mixture is more runny. Mix in. Coat frying pan with thin layer of oil and put over heat. When hot, ladle in mixture (covering an area the size of your ideal pancake) and cook until brown underneath, wiggling it about a bit so as to avoid stickiness. Now flip it (...) and cook the other side. Resemblance to any countries of the world not guaranteed.