Saturday, March 5, 2011

It's Almost Here - Shrove Tuesday - Pancake Day

While many of us are getting ready for Fat Tuesday here in New Orleans, there is another day you might not know about.
It's Pancake Day, also known as Shrove Tuesday in Britain (and other countries too) and it's celebrated the day before Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent.

Shrove Tuesday comes from the old English word 'shrive', meaning "confess all sins". 
It is called Pancake Day because traditionally, on this day it was all about eating pancakes.
Pancakes were eaten because the pancake recipe was the best way to use up all the milk, butter and eggs, which were forbidden during Lent.

A few years back two thirds of people surveyed admitted they just ignore the Pancake Day.
It seems that through the 90s most households would flip a few pancakes on Shrove Tuesday. But now it seems the tradition has lost some traction.

Regardless, we will be enjoying the best of both worlds: flipping a few pancakes in the morning, for breakfast, chowing down jambalaya and Gumbo for lunch,  and a shrimp boil and cornbread for dinner.