Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day

Firstly an observation:
Yesterday we had a record number of participants for Fun Monday I think it was about 78. One thing puzzles me...I revisited several of these posts and on some where I know I left a comment those comments are not showing up. I realise that some might be waiting for approval before being posted, but what about the others. I do believe this happened when I commented via bloglines does this make a difference...anyone know? I would hate you to think I have not been visiting and leaving a comment!

I expect everyone is busy making batter for pancakes.....because today is Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, which is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday.

Lent is the 40 day period leading up to Easter and was traditionally a time of fasting. On Shrove Tuesday Christians went to confession and were "shriven" (absolved from their sins). It was the last opportunity to use eggs and fats before embarking on the Lenten fast and pancakes are the perfect way of using up these ingredients.

I have not made pancakes for many years mainly as it is something Embee and I should not really eat but this year I'm wavering.. I'll see what he thinks when he gets home later!!
In case anyone is interested this is what Sam wrote about Pancake day back in 2005. You will see what she thought about my cooking when she was a child~ good job I can laugh or I might cry!! However she did have a good word to say about my pancake making!!
Pancake races are a tradition in some parts of the country as you can see from this old image I found. I bet my grandchildren are looking forward to a huge plate of these for their tea!

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At 5/2/08 17:04, Blogger Asha said...

Pancake day sounds good to me. Sunday mornings are pancake day for us! Enjoy!:))

At 5/2/08 17:17, Blogger Sandy said...

I forgot that Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) is also Shrove Tuesday.

Thanks for the brain nudge - pancakes it is, tonight.

At 5/2/08 17:20, Blogger Anvilcloud said...

I noticed signs for pancakes on churches whilst driving around the other day, so was reminded that tonight's the night. While we don't do Lent, we like to do the pancakes. :)

At 5/2/08 17:31, Anonymous nikki said...

We call it Fat Tuesday so we can shove our face full of custard filled donut type things.

At 5/2/08 17:43, Blogger ChrisB said...

asha we know where to come on a Sunday then!!

AC I have to say I don't really do Lent.

nikki it will be even fatter Tues for me when I eat a few pancakes!!

sandy don't rub in the 'fat' bit!

At 5/2/08 19:09, Anonymous Karmyn R said...

I know what we are having for dinner tonight then!

I remember when you posted last year - because I had NEVER heard of it before. (Well, Fat Tuesday here - but not Pancake Day) Well, I'm going to catch in on it this year!

At 5/2/08 19:46, Blogger ChrisB said...

karmyn I think your pancakes are thicker than our homemade ones~ I say that based on what I've had in the states!

At 5/2/08 19:49, Blogger katy said...

lol, was going to use the first two of photos you did! and oops i forgot pancake day mmmmmm

At 5/2/08 19:54, Blogger Alix said...

oh Happy Pancake Day or should I say Jiff lemon day - are they still running that advert?
If you have them - enjoy :)

At 5/2/08 20:06, Anonymous susan said...

Wait...you can comment directly from bloglines? Wihout actually going to the website? How do you do that? I don't see that option anywhere and would so totally love to have it.

At 5/2/08 20:38, Blogger Barbara said...

Shriven - I've never heard of that word. I love how it sounds. I went out to a charity event to have pancakes. A nice break from unpacking.

At 5/2/08 21:00, Blogger Willowtree said...

Chris, you can't comment from Bloglines, bloglines simply displays the xml feed. In order to comment you have to click on the post, which takes you to the post itself, so Bloglines can't be the problem.

The problem lies with Blogger, I've spoken about this before. when there are a lot of comment son a post, you you cant' see yours unless you scroll down. Sometimes blogger rejects a comment for WV or html errors, but you don't know becasue you have been notified.

At 5/2/08 23:04, Blogger secret squirrel said...

yummy pancakes mmmmmmmmm

i wish i had not missed it.

I will have to do this ASAP- Do you sense the urgency?
Eating pancakes for god is religion i can stomach.

As for the comment problem, i have noticed comments missing too but can offer no help or insight as i have only just got the hang of links thanks to you...yay
xox eve xox

At 6/2/08 01:00, Blogger elena jane said...

i'd much rather pancake day than mardi gras!! i need to start this tradition in our house, tho i think it will be the fat puffy pancakes and not the ones that are so much nicer with the sweets inside :-)

At 6/2/08 01:54, Blogger lisa marie said...

Pancake day sounds yummy! I wish I had known earlier, guess I'll have to have pancakes tomorrow. :)

At 6/2/08 02:20, Blogger Cynthia said...

I didn't know any of this. And I grew up surrounded by Catholics. My brothers and their wives included. How did I miss an excuse for yummy food?

We have made batter to eat waffles in the morning. Of course it will be Wednesday.

Maybe I can make a new tradition for our church. Waffle Wednesday!

At 6/2/08 03:07, Blogger BS said...

I knew that today was Shrove Tuesday but didn't know what it meant (nor about the pancakes). Thanks for the education. Mardi Gras was more prevalent where I live, so I had jambalaya, red beans and rice, Cajun chicken and a piece of Kings Cake (just like in New Orleans). I even wore a handful of beads to work today because I knew I wouldn't be partying (I'm too old for that anymore!).

At 6/2/08 03:53, Blogger Jettie said...

I Love pancakes!!

I noticed that too and my spell check isn't working either!!

At 6/2/08 04:43, Blogger Cynthia said...

I have tagged you.

Please only play if you want to! I will not have my feelings hurt at all if you don't want to be tagged. (-:

At 6/2/08 07:26, Blogger Pamela said...

I see someone beat me to a FAT TUESDAY comment. Heck, it's Fat Wednesday, Thursday & Friday here too. HA HA.

I visited so many Fun Mons' yesterday that I got to the point I was sure I'd commented twice on some. It was REALLY BIG

At 6/2/08 09:05, Blogger Beccy said...

The boys in our household pigged out on pancakes. Mollie doesn't like them and I was too stuffed from my lunch out!

At 6/2/08 09:25, Blogger ChrisB said...

beccy lunch out!!

At 6/2/08 10:19, Blogger Sally Lomax said...

So did you have them or didn't you? Pancakes are quite low fat really. It's just the sugar that makes them bad for you!!!!

I love pancakes!

At 6/2/08 16:20, Blogger Toffeeapple said...

I live near Olney where the original Pancake Race is held and I've yet to make the effort to go see it...

Only two pancakes for me, lemon and maple syrup - yumm!

At 6/2/08 17:11, Blogger Sauntering Soul said...

I've kind of given up on making it around to all of the Fun Monday participants. I have to get at least a little bit of work done on Mondays after all!

I just made pancakes this past Sunday morning for the first time in a very long time. Organic blueberry pancakes with organic blueberry syrup. Yum.

At 6/2/08 20:04, Blogger my4kids said...

I'm not sure if I've ever even heard of pancake day or I guess realized that was what it was for anyway. I love pancakes but we don't have them very often.

At 6/2/08 20:11, Blogger ChrisB said...

alix not sure about the advert!

bs your mardi gras food sounds good as well! too old to party ~ I don't believe it!

cynthia I will be playing!

sally in the end embee didn't seem too bothered so I decided not to now I have a net of lemons to use!

toffeeapple I can't believe you have never been to see the race~ you must go just once! I can pass on the maple syrup but I love lemon.

sauntering soul now ~I know I would love those pancakes anything blueberry and organic is good as far as I'm concerned. I have blueberries most days if not fresh then dried! costs me a fortune.

At 6/2/08 20:59, Blogger Steffi said...

Pancake day that sounds good...I hope you enjoyed it!


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