Did you have pancakes yesterday? If you didn't, you should have! But it's never too late for pancakes, enjoy some today!
Today is Ash Wednesday, the day that Lent begins in the Christian calendar, which means that yesterday was Pancake Day...or to use it's rightful name, Shrove Tuesday.
Lent is a Christian holiday that was established in the 4th century as lasting 40 days and leading up to Easter. It's traditionally a period of fasting or other forms of self-denial. Fats, which were generally prohibited during Lent, had to be used up. The eggs and dairy products left in the pantry would be used to make pancakes.
So, do you like the North American version, a pile of thick pancakes served with butter and maple syrup, and a slice or two of bacon....
Or do you prefer the English version... thin like crepes, and rolled up with a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkle of sugar.... ?