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【趣談英語】Pancake Day


Mmm ... did someone say pancakes?! Read about Pancake Day and learn how to make this delicious treat for yourself.

Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, is a special day celebrated in many countries around the world. It is celebrated in English-speaking countries like the UK, Ireland, Australia and Canada. In France, the USA and other countries, it is called "Mardi Gras" or "Fat Tuesday". In others like Spain, Italy or Brazil, Shrove Tuesday is at the end of Carnival. On this day many people eat pancakes: thin, flat cakes made in a pan.

Pancakes are very easy to make. Try our recipe.


One cup of flour

One cup of milk

One large egg

Some salt

Some butter or oil

Lemon juice

Some sugar


Fill one cup with flour and put into a bowl. Fill another cup with milk and pour into the bowl. Crack the egg into the bowl and whisk the flour, milk and egg until the mixture is smooth. Put a very small amount of butter or oil in a pan, and when it is hot, put some mixture in the pan and move the pan to make a thin pancake. After one minute hold the pan carefully and throw or toss the pancake in the air to turn it over. Now cook the pancake on the other side. When the pancake is ready, squeeze some lemon juice and put some sugar on it and eat it immediately. If you don't like lemon juice, eat them with jam, chocolate sauce or ice cream. Mmm, delicious!

Activity 1 - Vocabulary matching

Match the questions with the correct answers and write a-d next to the numbers 1 - 4.

1........ a pan a. the basic foods that are mixed together to make a dish

2........ a recipe b. a metal container for cooking food in

3........ ingredients c. perfectly regular; without any lumps

4........ smooth d. instructions that tell you how to make some food

Answers 1. b; 2. d; 3. a; 4. c

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