Pancake day is about… pancakes. It is also known as Shrove Tuesday.
Shrove Tuesday is observed by many Christians, including Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists and Roman Catholics, who “make a special point of self-examination, of considering what wrongs they need to repent, and what amendments of life or areas of spiritual growth they especially need to ask God’s help in dealing with.” This moveable feast is determined by Easter. The expression “Shrove Tuesday” comes from the word shrive, meaning “absolve“.
Also known as Fat Tuesday and Pancake Day, Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday and the fasting Lenten season leading up to Easter.
According to Crosswalk.com: “The origins of Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras first began thousands of years ago as part of uninhibited pagan festivals for fertility and spring, filled with indulgences in everything. Rome’s embrace of Christianity meant the interest of incorporating Fat Tuesday into Christianity becoming a goal; thus, Fat Tuesday and all its unrestricted immorality were welcomed as part of preparing for Ash Wednesday and fasting for Lent. The event quickly spread through Europe like wildfire, and then began its journey over to the Americas. Mardi Gras arrived in the United States as a small festival marking French explorers Sieur de Bienville and Pierre Le Moyne d’lberville’s landing on what is now New Orleans, Louisiana on March 3, 1699.”
Those origins seem rather odd. So why do Christians take part in Shrove Tuesday? Should we avoid the holiday altogether, or is there merit to celebrating this holiday?
This year, Shrove Tuesday is on Tuesday, March 1, 2022.
Shrove Tuesday is precisely 47 days before Easter Sunday, a movable feast based on the computes calculation that determines the yearly date of Easter.
Along with its celebration of feasting, another tradition of Shrove Tuesday includes Christians repenting of their sins in preparation to start the season of Lent. Ælfric of Eynsham’s “Ecclesiastical Institutes” from about 1000 AD declared: “In the week immediately before Lent everyone shall go to his confessor and confess his deeds and the confessor shall so shrive him as he then may hear by his deeds what he is to do [in the way of penance]”
Pancakes are connected with Shrove Tuesday as a way to use up rich foods such as eggs, milk, and sugar, before the fasting period of the 40 days of Lent. Liturgical fasting calls for eating simpler food while abstaining from meat, dairy products, or eggs.
(source: www.christianity.com )
Here is the recipe.
Pancakes for Pancake Day!
- 1 Mixing bowl
- 1 Whisk, or ablender/chopper
- 1 Frying pan or crepe pan
- Ladle and turner
- 200g g 200g Plain flour
- 2 Eggs
- 325 ml Milk or water
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 1 tbsp oil
- Extra oil for frying
- Mix the flour, and salt in a large mixing bowl and mix with a whisk.
- Make a hole in the centre, crack in the eggs and add some milk.With the whisk, incorporate the flour and draw it into the centre
- Add more of the milk and repeat until the mixture forms a batter., and there are no lumps.
- Set aside for 15 minutes
- Heat up a frying pan over medium heat. Lightly brush with a little oil, and remove the excess with a paper towel.
- When hot, place 2/3 to ¾ of a ladleful of the batter onto the pan and swirl until you get a round (or almost round) shape.
- Let it cook and it will change colour. About 2 minutes. When the sides curl up, Flip the pan cake and cook for another 2 minutes or so.
- The pancake is ready
- Remove and place on a plate or board, and cover with a tea towel .Repeat until you finish all the batter.
- Serve with nutella, biscoff spread, fruits, nuts, eggs and bacon, etc.
I hope you enjoy the reccipe.
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