KidsView  | The Adventist Review for kids and those who always will be kids at heart | April 2013

Fun Facts About Pandas and Pancakes

A line drawing of chef flipping a pancake1. Pancakes are eaten around the world; though not from the same ingredients, they are similar in taste and texture.

2. The French supposedly make a wish while flipping a pancake and holding a coin in the same hand.

3. The first recipe for pancakes appeared in an English cookbook in the fifteenth century.

4. Maple syrup, which is poured on pancakes, actually is made from tree sap.

5. Pancake tossing is considered a sport. One person completed a marathon by continuously tossing a pancake for three hours.

6. Before baking soda was widely used, some cooks supposedly used freshly fallen snow as a secret ingredient to make their pancakes come out nice and soft.

7. Pancakes are often cooked on a hot griddle.

8. In England Pancakes have traditionally been eaten on Shrove Tuesday (47 days before Easter).

9. If you use baking soda with buttermilk as an ingredient for pancakes, the baking soda will remove the acidic properties of buttermilk, resulting a better-tasting pancake.

10. Pancakes, when in their original state, start out as a pourable type of batter made of milk, flour, butter, and  eggs. They are unlike regular breads, which start out semi-solid.

 

 

line drawing of a panda1. Pandas need to eat more than 20 pounds of bamboo a day. 

2. Male and female pandas weigh more than 200 pounds each.

3. They like the high life—meaning they prefer to live in higher elevations (between 8,000-11,000 feet above sea level).

4. Pandas don’t hibernate.

5. They used to live in other Asian countries besides China.

6. Pandas are closely related to spectacled bears.

7. They mate only once a year.

8. Sadly, Panda moms if they give birth to twins, will abandon the weaker cub.

9. There have been panda conservation programs since 1940.

10. While Pandas eat bamboo,  they will also eat birds or rodents (not very often, but it happens).