Pancake Day – Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras

Pancake Day pancakes with sugar and lemon

Pancake Day, also known as Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras, is the day in February, or March immediately preceding Ash Wednesday.

About

Considered a carnival day, Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday is the last day of “fat eating”, or “gorging” before the fasting period of Lent.

Lent starts on Ash Wednesday and lasts for forty days. These forty days are genuinely a time of self-examination and reflection.

The expression “Shrove Tuesday” comes from the word “shrive”, meaning to “absolve”. Likewise, the term “Mardi Gras” translates from French to “Fat Tuesday”.

Customs and Traditions

Traditions vary in different countries. Although the consumption of pancakes is common within the commonwealth countries.

Pancake Day pancakes with sugar and lemon
Pancake Day pancakes with sugar and lemon (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

However, especially where it is called Mardi Gras, or a similar translation, it is considered a day of “fat eating” or “gorging”. Typically on foods that you plan on giving up during the fasting period of Lent. Large carnivals are held in celebration.

Mardi Gras Carnival in New Orleans, Louisiana
Mardi Gras Carnival in New Orleans, Louisiana (Source: Pixabay)

One-cup Pancake Recipe (Makes 4-8)

Ingredients

  • Self-raising Flour (1 cup)
  • Milk (1 cup)
  • Salt (pinch)
  • Egg (1)

Note: The size of the cup doesn’t matter, as long as you use the same cup for flour and milk.

Leydon Lettings Mugs at Whitefriars Student Shopping Night
Leydon Lettings mugs at Whitefriars student shopping night (Source: Archive)

Preparation

  1. Crack your egg into a mixing bowl.
  2. Add in your flour, milk and pinch of salt.
  3. Whisk them all together to make your batter.
  4. Heat up a frying pan.
  5. Add a little oil, or butter to the pan.
  6. Tilt the pan to spread out the oil, or butter.
  7. Pour, or ladle some of the mixture into the frying pan.
  8. Tilt the frying pan in a circular motion so as to evenly spread the mixture out.
  9. When bubbles start to appear on top of the pancake, it should be ready to flip over. Use a spatula, or be brave and give it a flip! Be carful though.
  10. Check the underside of the flipped pancake shortly after to make sure it is golden and crisp.
  11. Transfer the pancake to a plate using a spatula.
  12. Repeat steps 5-1

(Source: Jamie Oliver)

Add whatever topping you desire. Sugar and lemon being a classic. However, you could try chocolate spread, mixed fruit, honey, yoghurt, bacon, or even cheese and marmite. You decide!

The Pancake Day / Leydon Logo Design

The Leydon Logo symbolises a flipped pancake that has unfortunately landed on top of the logo. As they say, the first pancake is an experiment.

Pancake Day Leydon Logo Design

We hope you have a filling pancake day and don’t forget to reflect on yourself.

What could you give up for forty days this Lent?

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