This day, 47 days prior to Easter rolls around every year.
In anticipation of the Lenten season, many Christian religions need to clear cupboards of eggs, milk and sugar. Traditionally, these items are not eaten during the fasting season.
So, today, the day prior to Ash Wednesday, I bring you Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday.
Quick, short home-school lesson:
The name Shrove Tuesday comes from ‘shrive’, meaning absolution for sins by doing penance.
The day gets its name from the tradition of Christians trying to be ‘shriven’ before Lent. Christians would go to Confession, where they admit their sins to a priest and ask for absolution. A bell would be rung to call them to Confession, which was called the ‘pancake bell’. It’s still rung today.
In the US it’s called Mardi Gras aka ‘Fat Tuesday’ in French mainly because we use up the fatty foods before Lent.
Pancake Day itself came much later as a way of using up rich foods, like eggs, milk and sugar before the 40 days of fasting Lent.
Since we don’t regularly use milk and sugar…..and I am always, always trying to get more veggies onto our plates………………
Today, for a little twist of the traditional pancake, I will be making Pajeon (scallion ) Korean pancakes with a tasty dipping sauce for dinner.
Who among us doesn’t drool over and love every single bite of the small, pancakes filled with vegetables?
scallions and cabbage and carrots, Oh, my!
Do you make pancakes each year for Shrove Tuesday?
In this together friends,
Happy Fat Tuesday!