Pancake Cereal (LOVE edition) is the recipe for today!
The month of love is here and I'm slowly getting the mood of finding love in everything :)
And this recipe is just a pancake recipe but with a Love twist in it which is completely optional but I was in an urge to surprise my loved ones :)
So grab the recipe with some interesting facts about Valentine's Day!
Valentine's Day has its roots in an ancient Pagan festival.
Though some historians believe that Valentine's Day commemorates the death of St. Valentine on February 14, others believe that the holiday actually has its origins in a Pagan fertility festival called "Lupercalia," which was celebrated on February 15 in ancient Rome. Dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, and Roman founders Romulus and Remus, the day was celebrated by sacrificing animals and smacking women with animal hides, a practice that was believed to encourage fertility.
In the 1300s, it officially became a holiday associated with love.
At the end of the 5th century, Roman Pope Gelasius officially declared the date of February 14 "St. Valentine's Day." It wasn't until until the Middle Ages, though, that the holiday became associated with love and romance, a tradition that first started from the common belief in France and England that birds started their mating season on February 14.
Cupid has its roots in Greek mythology.
He's the charming cherub that appears on Valentine's Day cards, often depicted with a bow and arrow — but how did Cupid become a common symbol of Valentine's Day? According to Time, the figure can actually be traced all the way back to 700 B.C., to the Greek god of love named Eros, who was actually a handsome, immortal man with the intimidating power to make people fall in love. It wasn't until the 4th century BCE that the Romans adopted Eros into the image of a cute little boy with a bow and arrow, naming him "Cupid." By the turn of the 19th century, Cupid had become linked to Valentine's Day due to his love-matching powers.
The first valentine was sent in the 15th century.
The oldest record of a valentine being sent, according to History.com, was a poem written by a French medieval duke named Charles to his wife in 1415. Charles penned this sweet note to his lover while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London at just 21 years old. One of the lines in the poem? "I am already sick of love, My very gentle Valentine." Swoon!
Not until the 1840s did we get the first mass-produced valentines.
People started exchanging cards and handwritten letters to both lovers and friends during the 17th century, but it was in the 1840s that the first Valentine's Day cards were mass-produced in the U.S., sold by Esther A. Howland. Known as the "Mother of the American Valentine," Howland is credited with commercializing Valentine's Day cards in America, and she is remembered for her elaborate, crafty cards made with lace and ribbons.
The tradition of giving Valentine's Day flowers dates back to the 17th century.
Giving red roses may be an obvious romantic gesture today, but it wasn't until the late 17th century that giving flowers became a popular custom. In fact, the practice can be traced back to when King Charles II of Sweden learned the "language of flowers" — which pairs different flowers with specific meanings — on a trip to Persia, and subsequently introduced the tradition to Europe. The act of giving flowers then became a popular trend during the Victorian Era — including on Valentine's Day — with red roses symbolizing deep love.
Today, Americans spend a lot on love.
According to the National Retail Foundation, Americans spent over $20 billion on Valentine's Day gifts in 2019, and were expected to spend a record-breaking $27.4 billion for 2020 — including $2.4 billion on candy alone! People also expected to spend an average of approximately $196 for Valentine's Day last year, with men spending around $291 —compared to women spending $106. Time to step it up, ladies! *source
Hurry up, find the recipe below!
Prep: 5 min
Cook time: 15 min
Servings: 4 portions
Calories per serving: 463 kcal
Find the recipe & nutrition facts below :
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
3 tbsp sugar (or any other sweetener of choice)
1 dash of salt
1 1/2 cups soy-milk (or any other plant milk)
1/3 cups vegetable oil (or melted coconut oil)
Step 1: Preheat your pan on medium heat.
Step 2: In a bowl stir flour and baking powder.
Step 3: Add in sugar, and salt, mix until well combined.
Step 4: Place milk, and oil and mix it into the dry ingredients until well combined.
Step 5: Start cooking your pancakes by pouring around 1 tsp for a pancake. Cook on medium heat for around 1-2 minutes on each side.
Step 6(optional): Decorate your pancakes with hearts or make hearts with melted chocolate.