A reminder to all about the EEC ruling of January 1st 2011 making it illegal for any unlicensed person to toss pancakes within the borders of the community.
The health and safety ruling came in following several accidents on pancake day last year with people suffering either impact injuries or serious burns during their attempts to toss the pancakes.
One case was of a young mother of twenty-three who,using too much oil in the pan anyway,then attempting to toss'n'turn the cake over instead ended up by throwing both the pancake and the pan of boiling hot oil up into her face. She has been left scarred for life.
The problem nowadays according to a government health and safety official mentioning the ruling yesterday is that with the micro wave ovens being used by people these days it means that hardly anyone comes to try their hands at frying a pancake from one year to the next except on pancake day. "It requires the hand of an experienced tosser" he said.
The good news is that most local colleges offer short courses on the art of tossing. Courses start at around £20 and after demonstrating the safe knack of tossing you should have no difficulty in obtaining the necessary license.
Ready made pancakes are already on sale in most high street supermarkets though and can simply be popped into that micro wave for a minute or two. A little lemon juice with a sprinkling of sugar (or just maple syrup) is all they need. Absolutely delicious!
Pancake day this year is on March 8th.