Tuesday, February 24, 2009

shrove tuesday - Pancakes

WHY DO WE EAT PANCAKES ON 'FAT' TUESDAY?" ...there is a historical ... reason why pancakes are consumed on this day. Many centuries ago, fatty foods including dairy were forbidden during the 40 days of Lent. So in order to use up their supply of these ingredients, the Anglicans added flour and voila — a feast of pancakes on the day before Ash Wednesday. ... growing up in an Episcopalian family, and watching all my Catholic friends head with their families to Galveston or New Orleans to revel in those last few days before Lent, I always felt a little sheepish walking into my church’s annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. No beads, no floats, no dancing, just stack upon stack of pancakes. And yes, it was a bit gluttonous, but compared to Mardi Gras, it was bit tame, too." ~ Homesick Texan for her Gingerbread Pancakes

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