Letter: An old, cold custom in pancake-making

Sir: Reading Sophie Grigson's recipes (Food & Drink, 20 February), I was disappointed to find no mention of an ingredient that my mother would have regarded as important when making pancakes for her family 60-odd years ago. It always seemed to be in season on Shrove Tuesday in those days, although I haven't seen much of it about lately.

What was it? Snow. Mother included a spoonful in the batter whenever possible. My wife has similar memories. Perhaps someone can tell us more about this old custom.

Yours faithfully,


Stockport, Cheshire

22 February