Hallo sweets! While you were off celebrating President’s day yesterday, which I honestly overlooked, I’ve been gearing up for Pancake Day! If you are celebrating Fat Tuesday in the states you can go ahead and stop reading this post now.
Shrove Tuesday, better known to me as Pancake Day, is the day preceding Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Basically Aunt Jemima, or Auntie Jemima as she is better known here, carb loads you up in prep for the fasting that is associated with Lent. It’s typically celebrated in the UK, Ireland, Australia, Canada, and Germany. Y’all back in the states (and France) refer to the holiday as Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday.
When I went looking for an International House of Pancakes, it pulled up a map of Orlando. I said United Kingdom, not Magic.
I’m building a pancake bar complete with an array of toppings like bananas, Nutella, nuts, chocolate chips, blueberries, etc. Which reminds me to head over to the International House of Pancakes menu and see what I’m missing. Finding syrup has proved to be a chore. No sign of Mrs Buttersworth over here. Secretly I’m more in love with waffles, but when in
Rome England. My favourite pancake as a kid was the chocolate chip pancake from IHOP, with whipped cream eyes and smile. Get in my face!
Pancake Day facts for you to flip over, courtesy of The Mirror:
– The first recorded pancake race was in Olney, Buckinghamshire in England in 1445.
It is customary in France to touch the handle of the frying pan and make a wish while the pancake is turned, holding a coin in one hand.
– Taking the easy way to make your pancakes is not a new thing. The first ready-mix food which was sold ommercially was Aunt Jemima pancake flour. It was invented in 1889 in St. Joseph, Missouri. It wasn’t very popular at the beginning.