The Royal Navy’s amphibious command ship HMS Albion is serving up a flipping fantastic feast of pancakes for her 350 sailors and marines in Devonport Naval Base today.
The crew of HMS Albion only moved back on board at the end of January, but that hasn’t stopped them from taking the time to ensure they enjoy themselves and celebrate Shrove Tuesday.
The ship’s galley is serving up about 600 pancakes or so, enough to ensure that everyone on board gets at least two, for lunch. The most popular filling is Chocolate spread with sugar and lemon a close second.
Chef Jordan Batchelor, 18 years old from Perth said: “Shrove Tuesday is always a good day to work as a chef, it’s a bit of fun, the ship’s company enjoy the break from the normal run of the mill food and it gives us a chance to have a little bit of friendly rivalry in the galley as to who can flip their pancake the highest. There’s no secret to the perfect pancake, just the right combination of eggs, flour, salt and milk. The key is to ensure your pan is not to hot and that the mixture is completely free from lumps though.’’
Commander Stuart Yates, the commanding officer of HMS Albion, said: “The catering team onboard have been working tirelessly since we all moved on board a month ago. It’s great to see them marking Shrove Tuesday serving up pancakes to my sailors and marines.’’
HMS Albion remains alongside in her homeport of Devonport completing her major refit. She will be ready for sea in the summer and will then undergo an intensive period of sea trials and training.