Originally known as Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras and now Pancake Day. The reason Shrove Tuesday began was as a day of feasting before fasting for Lent. I is the chance to indulge in forbidden foods like milk, fat, butter and eggs before Lent. Also, it is good to use up those forbidden foods so they do not spoil during the next forty seven days or to be tempted by them .
Origin of Mardi Gras
It is easy to see why this day is called ‘Fat Tuesday’ with all that indulging. The French were the ones who gave it the name Mardi Gras, which literally means ‘Fat Tuesday’. It has become popular in recent years as a big hedonistic party, especially in New Orleans.
Pancake Day has become a four-day event in many places for eating pancakes, pancake flipping contests, pancakes cook-offs and a parade.
Pancake Song ~ Christina Rossetti
Mix a pancake,
Stir a pancake,
Pop it in the pan.
Fry the pancake,
Toss the pancake,
Catch it if you can.
Interesting Facts About Pancake Day
- Pancake Day began as a pagan holiday. They ate pancakes to get the power, light and warmth of the sun.
- Pancake recipes can be found in cook books as far back as 1439. The tradition of tossing or flipping them is almost as old.
- The custom started from a a legend dating from 1445. On Shrove Tuesday, one woman was still making pancakes as the church bells rang. Rather than be late she took her frying pan and pancake with her.
- The largest pancake measured 15.01 m (49 ft 3 in) in diameter and was 2.5 cm (1 in) thick and weighed 3 tonnes (6,614 lb). It was made in Rochdale, Manchester, UK in 1994, by the Co-Operative Union.
- The most tosses of a pancake in one minute is 140 flips, by Australian celebrity chef Brad Jolly during an event in Sydney in 2012.
- The big celebration in New Orleans ends abruptly at midnight on Tuesday; street sweepers push the crowds out of the French Quarter.
“I don’t have to tell you I love you. I fed you pancakes.” ― Kathleen Flinn
Now let’s make some delicious gluten free pancakes and syrup with healthy ingredients.