Pancake Day will be taking place this year on Tuesday 25th February, which means Spring is just around the corner. So before turning to our recipe guide for some inspiration, here are a few facts on what Pancake Day is all about!
Also known as Shrove Tuesday, it always falls on the 7th week before Easter and the day before Ash Wednesday which is the start of Lent. This period is traditionally 40 days of fasting and is a mark of remembrance of the time that Jesus spent fasting in the Wilderness.
Shrove is the past tense of the word shrive, which means to present to a priest for confession, penance and absolution. Being as this is the day before the Lent fast begins, it is a chance for people to gain penance from God before they begin fasting, which is where the name Shrove originates. Traditionally, the day was a chance for people to enjoy rich and fatty foods as a last celebration before commencing the fast. Pancakes were eaten because they were a way to use up the rich foods such as eggs and milk. The ingredients are also said to represent the four pillars of the Christian faith – eggs for creation, flour as the mainstay of the human diet, salt for wholesomeness and milk for purity.
Or why not try:
A dollop of yoghurt with a scattering of granola and slices of nectarine.
Pancakes spread with mascarpone, a handful of raspberries drizzled with passionfruit curd.
Cream cheese and strawberry compote.
Ricotta, spinach, cherry tomatoes and a drizzle of balsamic.
Garlic mushrooms, a few cubes of feta scattered with chopped chives.
A fried egg topped with a generous teaspoon of kimchi with chilli sauce.
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