Care home residents in Bishopsteignton rolled up their sleeves to practise their best pancake flipping ahead of Shrove Tuesday on March 1. The enthusiastic participants at Moors Park House care home spent an afternoon flipping pancakes in the care home’s lounge, to perfect their attempts ahead of a pancake flipping competition taking place in the home on Shrove Tuesday.
Linda Lowe, manager at Moors Park House, said: “This is the first year we’re doing a pancake competition and everyone’s really looking forward to it. Many of our residents have fond memories of Pancake Day from when they were children, so it’s nice to do something special to celebrate it.
“It’s lovely to hear our residents’ stories from when they were younger – we’ve been hearing about the school and community pancake races they used to do, and we’ve enjoyed talking about everyone’s favourite pancake toppings.
“Tuesday will certainly be lots of fun and it’s quite energetic so it will also help with our residents’ mobility and fine motor skills. It turns out pancakes are a real mood-booster!”
The pancake flipping competition will be judged by head chef Andrew Seal, who has said he will be looking for “speed and style” when it comes to the points awarded and “creative flair” will not go unnoticed.
Andrew, who has worked at the care home for 11 years, added: “The residents will need to flip the pancakes as high as they can in their frying pans and for the longest amount of time.
“It’s a real privilege to be asked to judge the competition, especially with these residents, who are so great. They might try and offer me some bribes, but I’ll be taking my role very seriously!
“I love being the head chef at Moors Park House, every day is different. We’re very proud to serve our residents home-cooked food that is nutritionally balanced and made from scratch with quality ingredients.
“Our residents will love Pancake Day because they love a sweet treat, they’ll look forward to the competition but I’m sure they’ll enjoy eating them as much as flipping them!”
After the competition, residents will enjoy an afternoon tea together, where pancakes will be served with a choice of tasty toppings including lemon, sugar, golden syrup, fruit, whipped cream, and chocolate sauce.