My best friend Wikipedia tells me that Shrove Tuesday or (Pancake Day to me) is the day before Ash Wednesday which is the first day of Lent.
Shrove Tuesday comes from the word Shrive meaning “confess”. Many Christians make a special point of self-examination on Shrove Tuesday and to consider what’s wrong, that they need to repent and what amendments of life or areas of spiritual growth they must make.
Being the last day before Lent, indulging in food that one sacrifices for the upcoming forty days, are associated with Shrove Tuesday celebrations,
Pancakes are associated with the day preceding Lent because they were a way to use up rich foods such as eggs, milk, and sugar, before the fasting season of the 40 days of Lent.
I am still none the wiser, but I guess it means you have free ticket for eating a lot of pancakes before you pay for it by giving up something naughty that you like for 40 days!
Pancakes. There are lots of different types of pancakes as I am sure you know. Everyone has their favourite way of making pancakes so I am not going to go into how you should make yours or what is right and what is wrong. You know me. If it tastes good then it’s good.
The filling. We have a lot of fun in our house with the pancake fillings. It used to be just your classic lemon and sugar and it still is everyone’s favourite, apart from me. Banana and chocolate spread is my all time favourite. A few years ago we went all out and made a whole meal out of pancakes. We had lots of different type of cheese and plenty of cold meat. I think I must have bought ever thing on the deli counter, it was great fun. If that was not enough, we pig out on sweet pancakes too. Lemon meringue pie, strawberries and clotted creams, banoffee pie they were all fantastic pancakes. My favourite was the lemon meringue pie or was it strawberries and clotted cream? Maybe it was banoffee pie?
Have fun with your pancake day and make some room for the less traditional filling pancake.