Jeremy Corbyn, off the back of launching “Labour’s most radical manifesto for decades,” is up in Stoke-on-Trent today campaigning in a key marginal seat. Following a visit to the Peregrine Pottery Company where he decorated a plate with the words “Register To Vote” and Labour’s red rose, he arrived at The Oatcake Boat on the Trent and Mersey Canal to learn how to prepare a classic Staffordshire oatcake.
Let’s take a moment to better understand the Staffordshire oatcake. It is a variety of oat pancake, and a close relative of the pikelet, with a texture not unlike injera, which is found across the central counties and north west of England. Derbyshire, Lancashire, Cheshire, and Yorkshire all have regional variations of the oatcake, which is cooked on a griddle, backstone, or baxton and often eaten at breakfast. In London, they can be found at Coleman Coffee Roasters on Lower Marsh, near Waterloo. (It must not be confused with the Scottish oatcake, a dense, cracker-like puck often served with cheese and chutney.)
Owner of the Oatcake Boat Kay Mundy showed Corbyn the ropes. (Here, they’re prepared in a non-stick frying pan.)
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