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.
Gluten Free and Vegan Cornmeal Pancakes
This recipe is my version of pancakes without the milk or eggs. Good news is that if you are honoring Lent you can still eat them. Whenever I make these pancakes no one seems to notice the lack of those two ingredients.
- 1/2 cup cornmeal
- 3/4 cup brown rice flour
- 1/4 cup chickpea flour
- 1/4 cup potato flour
- 2 tbsp Flax meal
- 1/2 tsp sea salt or (Himalayan salt)
- 5 tsp baking powder
- 2 1/4 cups water
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil or melted coconut oil
1. Mix dry ingredients together.
2. Make a well in the center of dry ingredients.
3. Pour water and oil into center.
4. Mix together with a large wooden spoon.
5. Mix only until moistened – taking care not to over-mix (small lumps are normal).
6. Pour 1/3 to 1/2 cup of the batter into a hot oiled frying pan.
7. Fry on medium heat.
8. Turn when bubbles form on top and brown the other side.
Orange Honey Syrup
This is a healthier syrup than the usual sugar-based syrups on your pancakes or waffles. The zing of the orange makes this sauce refreshing and tasty.
1. Mix ingredients together.
2. Serve on pancakes or waffles
More Delicious Recipes:
Honey Syrup: Honey is probably in your kitchen right now, just waiting to be made into this delicious exotic treat.
Dandelion Flower Syrup: You won’t believe how easy this is to make.