Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Pancake Day

If you're in the UK you may have pancakes to celebrate Shrove Tuesday which is better known here as Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday. The Guardian reports that 1/4 of the population in the UK will have pancakes today. Pancakes are associated with Shove Tuesday because it is a good way to use up some of the foods with fat in the house such as butter, milk, and eggs that are traditionally given given up for lent. Pancake races are held all over the UK as well. One race, which started in 1455 has participants, mostly women, running with frying pans and flipping pancakes to the finishing line. There is also the Parlimentary Pancake Race with teams from the House of Commons and the House of Lords competing.

Pancakes are ok, but I would prefer to have a King Cake from Lawrence's Bakery in New Orleans which I blogged about a few week ago.

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