Happy Pancake Day
Pancake Day has been celebrated by the British for centuries. Known also as Shrove Tuesday, its exact date changes every year, because it is determined by when Easter falls.
Traditionally, pancakes were eaten on this day to use up rich foods like eggs and milk before the 40-day fasting season of Lent began. But although it is enshrined in Christian tradition, it is believed that Pancake Day might originate in a pagan holiday, when eating warm, round pancakes - symbolising the sun - was a way of celebrating the arrival of spring.
Pancake recipes are thought to be a great way to use up eggs, flour and milk in one dish. Some Christians believe that four ingredients in pancakes represent the four pillars of the Christian faith. That’s flour for sustenance, eggs for creation, milk for purity and salt for wholesomeness.
So, why is it called Shrove Tuesday? The name ‘Shrove’ derives from the word ‘shrive’ meaning to free yourself from sin.
As well as making and eating pancakes, the British people love to hold pancake races, where people run while flipping their pancakes in a pan. Legend has it that the tradition was born in the 15th century when a particularly disorganised woman in Buckinghamshire rushed to church to confess her sins while mid-way through making pancakes.
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Top 5 facts about pancakes 1. The “shrove” in “Shrove Tuesday” is the past tense of the old verb to shrive, which means to confess one’s sins.
2. The only other surviving use of the verb is in the phrase “short shrift” which was a quick confession given to condemned criminals before execution.
3. In 1999 Mike Cuzzacrea ran the Casino Niagara International Marathon tossing a pancake all the way as he ran. He finished in 3hr 2min 27sec.
4. Last year 129,886 bottles of Clarks Maple Syrup were sold in the UK on Pancake Day, which works out at 1.5 bottles every second for 24 hours. 5. The only Shakespeare's plays that mention pancakes are All’s Well That Ends Well and As You Like It.
How often do you eat pancakes?
Can you toss them? ( I can't :) )
Do you like them with chocolate, jam or with some sugar and lemon?
Something special is being cooked.
All will be revealed tomorrow.