Shrove Tuesday – February 28

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Here are some facts about Shrove Tuesday which is celebrated on February 28.

  • Shrove Tuesday is a Christian festival to mark the start of Lent. Lent is a period of about six weeks when Christians are meant to practice abstinence – by giving up luxuries or unnecessary things. Lent ends on Maundy Thursday, the day before Good Friday.
  • Traditionally, Shrove Tuesday is associated with pancakes being eaten. This was the last chance to eat rich foods before Lent, and an opportunity to use up all of the luxury foods (such as fat, butter and eggs – which British pancakes are made of) which might go off during Lent.
  • Although it always falls on a Tuesday, the exact date of Shrove Tuesday changes from year to year. It is always 47 days before Easter Sunday.

Shrove Tuesday is also known by different names around the world:

  • In the UK, Ireland and Australia the celebration is most often called Pancake Day, Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Tuesday.
  • In France and the French-speaking and Catholic communities of the United States, they refer to Shrove Tuesday as Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday)
  • In Iceland people celebrate Sprengidagur (The Day of Bursting)
  • In Greece it’s called Apocreas (from the meat) as many Greek Christians give up meat during Lent.

Ok, so now you know the origins and different names in other countries, now to get your frying pan ready …. here is a simple recipe that is easy to use and won’t let you down.

  • 4oz sifted plain flour
  • 1/2 pint of milk
  • 1 egg

Mix ingredients together. Use 2oz of butter for frying.

Mmm … delicious!  Now what do you add to yours?  Our favorite is good old lemon and sugar.

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