Shrove Tuesday (known in some countries as Pancake Tuesday or even simply Pancake day) is a day in February or March preceding Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent), which is celebrated in some countries by consuming pancakes. Shrove Tuesday is a moveable festival determined by Easter; its date changes annually.
In others, especially those where it is called Mardi Gras or some translation thereof, this is a carnival day, and also the last day of "fat eating" or "gorging" before the fasting period of Lent.
For the perfect Pancake day you need the perfect Pancake!
There are so many recipes out there with a whole range of toppings its hard to choose. I am a traditionalist at heart and just smother my pancake in sugar and lemon juice. You just cannot go wrong with this combination
Care to share your recipe?
Across the UK pancake races take part on Shrove Tuesday. It involves a large number of people normally in fancy dress, racing down streets tossing pancakes. The idea is to get to the finish line first, while carrying the frying pan and flipping the pancake without dropping it. The most famous race is in Buckinghamshire in Olney. Those that take part have to be housewives wearing aprons, a hat or scarf.
Each contestant has to toss the pancake three times during the race. The first woman to get to the church, complete the course, serve the pancake to the bell-ringer and kiss him is the winner.(nice job!)