Nanny Knows Best

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Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Nanny Bans Pancakes Again

Nanny Bans Pancakes AgainHappy Shrove Tuesday everyone!

Traditionally a day when people mix a batter of flour, eggs and milk and toss it frantically in a frying pan.

Well that was the tradition, until Nanny put her nose into things. Three years ago I wrote about Nanny banning pancakes, now she is up to her old tricks again.

The Shrove Tuesday annual pancake race in Ripon has been scrapped this year because of health and safety considerations.

The revived event (originally dating back 600 years) has been carried out for the last 11 years in modern times; with local children, traders, clergy and soldiers taking part.

Unfortunately, Nanny's health and safety Gestapo have put their size ten jackboots into the batter and have caused the event to be cancelled.

For why?

The Dean of Ripon, the Very Rev Keith Jukes, co-organiser of the races, explained:

"We have looked at this and there are a number of reasons it won't take place and a big reason sadly this year is health and safety.

Any organisation which runs an event has to go through a number of risk assessments. The insurance companies demand it and in the end you have to work out whether it's a risk you take.

There is also the whole issue of road closures which can be an expensive business

Pass the sick bag someone!

A risk assessment for a pancake race?

The insurance companies, and councils that kowtow to them, are destroying the fabric of people's daily lives.

It is time that these two malign influences on our lives were cut out from society, in the manner that one would cut out a scrofulous tumour.

In order to really annoy Nanny, here is a nice recipe for Swedish pancakes; go on, live a little!


- 2 cups milk
- 4 eggs
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Lingonberries or raspberries
- Seedless raspberry jam or fruit spread, warmed Whipped topping


In a blender, combine the first six ingredients. Cover and process until blended. Heat a lightly greased 8-in. nonstick skillet; pour 1/4 cup batter into centre of skillet. Lift and tilt pan to evenly coat bottom.

Cook until top appears dry; turn and cook 15-20 seconds longer. Repeat with remaining batter, adding oil to skillet as needed. Stack pancakes with waxed paper or paper towels in between. Reheat in the microwave if desired.

Fold pancakes into quarters; serve with berries, raspberry jam and whipped topping.

Please note it contains eggs, milk, salt and sugar...all the things that Nanny hates!

Happy Shrove Tuesday everyone!

Get tossing!


  1. Is it really 'Elf'in'safety? It may well be one of two other reasons why Nanny has banned this event:-

    a) There is a pinch of salt in pancakes.

    b) If people are out enjoying themselves, they are not working, if they are not working they don't pay tax. This is unacceptable behaviour for worker drones.

    Makes you proud to be British does it not?

  2. Anonymous10:55 AM

    Screw health and safety and screw Jukes, although Ripon does have a tendency for apathy, maybe low turnout is also a factor.

  3. Notwithstanding that Swedish pannkakor should only be eaten on Thursdays, I've got my lingonsylt and cream ready for tonight!

  4. Anonymous2:38 PM

    I see it now, a small community wants to do something fun...time and pancakes are donated..cost of fun event=0. THen here comes insurance company...oh no, someone might slip on a pancake...need an insurance policy for 200,000 pounds. Cost now? prohibitive. So now the younger generation, who have never really known life without Nannys jackboot on their necks will become "risk adverse" and our military class will be breed out, which is exactly the plan of Nannys marxist plans. A risk adverse nation can not defend itself either at home or abroad.


  5. Dear Mr. Frost,

    First you urge the poisoning of the British public with unregulated salt dispensers, and now you promote a veritable witch's brew of lethal ingestables (egss, milk, flour, butter, sugar, and once again, SALT).

    We've no doubt - and your illustration confirms this - that you propose topping this toxic concoction off with a cascading stream of gooey, sugary syrup. Why not just feed the children of Britain arsenic and anti-freeze?

    As if this madness were not enough, you go on to suggest combining the consumption of these "pancakes" - better termed "poison cakes," in our estimation - with a reckless, high-speed, utterly unsupervised footrace?

    Mr. Frost, you do know that the promotion of terrorist acts is a crime in the United Kingdom?

    Be advised,


  6. Manc re

    "Notwithstanding that Swedish pannkakor should only be eaten on Thursdays, I've got my lingonsylt and cream ready for tonight!"

    Quite correct, but don't forget the pannkakor must be eaten with split pea soup!


  7. pannkakor must be eaten with split pea soup

    Absolutely - goes without saying!

  8. Anonymous8:02 PM

    This country is sinking lower and lower each day.

    The shame of being British....

  9. Grant8:14 PM


    Are you in fact Ethan Greenhart the fearless author of ethical living assessments at ?

    Your turn of phrase and rigorous analysis seem to share a common foundation.

    If so my congratulations for the plaudits offered by the Optimum Population Trust.



  10. Grant said,


    Are you in fact Ethan Greenhart the fearless author of ethical living assessments at"

    Nope, just another deracinated Southern boy, lost in the wilds of America.

  11. Sod the Nanny State, the choristers went ahead and held their race on their own school fields - good for them.

    Thinking historically, I bet the youngsters who took part in the pancake races back in the early 1900's did so without thought of danger, did they ask for a risk assessment to be carried out 10 years later when going over the top of the trenches in the Somme?

    I know a health and safety consultant and hell, is he farking boring, refused to join us for a night of go-karting as he might have hurt himself or inhaled toxic fumes!!