Rihanna, Pancake Day Recipe – What’s Hot and What’s Trending 21 February 2012

21 Feb

Rihanna – it’s a busy week for the singer as she is at the Brits tonight, was at London Fashion Week a couple of days ago and it appears she is now back with ex Chris Brown.

The pair have both released singles with Rihanna appearing in Chris Brown’s remix of Turn It Up and he also appears in a saucy remix of her track Birthday Cake.

Many will not be pleased if the couple are indeed back together as their previous relationship ended violently with pictures circulated in the media of Rihanna’s bruised face after Brown had attacked her. The attack led to Brown facing trial for assault and he ended up receiving 5 years probation and also had to attend anger management classes and domestic violence counselling.

Rihanna celebrated her 24th birthday yesterday by shopping for around 4 hours at Harrods and then went to Japanese restaurant Nozomi for a meal with a number of friends including Kelly Brook, Fazer and Chloe Green. It seems that they all had a good night as Rihanna was very late for her Brits rehearsal session this morning and after keeping everyone waiting didn’t actually sing or dance.

We hope that she will be feeling a lot brighter for the main Brits show tonight as she is set to perform Princess of China with Coldplay.

Although she has only been around for less than 5 years she has already sold over 60m singles and 20m albums and has cemented a place for herself as a major artist. Despite all the money she must have made from her career this didn’t stop the singer from catching an ordinary London Tube train to get to her Brits rehearsal. It is obviously a trip she enjoys as she was on the Jubilee Line back in October 2011 when she travelled by Tube to her own gig

Pancake Day – today is Shrove Tuesday or as it is better known Pancake Day.

If you live elsewhere in the world today may be better known to you as Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday. Here in the UK today is the last day before the festival of Lent and pancakes are traditionally eaten as people often fasted during Lent and making pancakes enabled them to use up the ingredients of flour, butter, eggs and milk.

Although we use up these sweet ingredients before Lent if you live in Brazil, Spain or Portugal then the day is known as Carnival and gets its name from the phrase “carne levare” which translates as to take away meat. It is no surprise that this is where we get our term carnival from and there are many carnival parades in these Spanish-speaking countries the most well-known being the huge Rio Carnival in Brazil.

Another tradition associated with today is that of the pancake race. This dates back to the 1440’s when a housewife from Olney is said to have forgotten the time when making her pancakes and when she heard the church bells she ran to the church service still carrying the frying pan complete with pancake.

If you are not sure how to make pancakes then we always follow this recipe which will make about 10 or 12 pancakes:


  • 125g plain flour
  • 1 egg (lightly beaten)
  • 275ml milk
  • pinch of salt

Sieve the flour and salt into a bowl and make a hollow. Add the egg and then gradually add the milk to mixture. Take care to do this slowly and then make sure that all the flour is incorporated into the mixture.

Put the mixture to rest for 20m in the fridge. When it has rested melt some butter or a little light oil in a frying pan and with the pan on a medium heat add a small amount of the pancake batter (around 2 tbsp). Swirl this round to ensure the mixture is thin and covers the whole surface of the pan. When it is cooked on one side (this takes about 1m) flip or toss the pancake over and cook for a little less time on the other side.

When cooked serve your pancakes with either squeezed lemon and sugar or some nice vanilla ice cream.


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