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Yeah- Its Pancake Day (Mardi Gras)

Updated on November 17, 2014
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Christine, a wife, mother and homemaker for over 30 years, has an NVQ3 in Childcare & Education & loves cooking, music, health & nutrition.


Celebrate Fat Tuesday With Pancakes

This special day is celebrated the day before Lent begins, which is of course a more serious christian occasion in the calendar and a great opportunity to look reflectively at your life in humility and repentance, leading up to Easter. Fat Tuesday was so named because it was the day to indulge in fat, butter and eggs that were not allowed to be eaten during Lent. These ingredients would be used in making pancakes and so in England it became known as Pancake Day. In America however, it takes it's name from the French words Mardi Gras, which mean Fat Tuesday. Their biggest festivals tend to take place in New Orleans. In Bavaria, Germany, it is called Fasching and is celebrated with much fun and festivities, by parading in costumes and eating Krapfen (donuts) before the more serious time arrives with Lent. Wherever you come from it's an opportunity to find meaning in life and enjoy the company of friends and family. I well remember rushing home from school on pancake day and helping my mother make homemade pancakes for my hungry sisters and I. We loved them with lemon and sugar or golden syrup. Read on for a FREE recipe and resources to make your celebrations a great success and find out who the pancake tossers are by voting below!

A Pancake Recipe- Buttermilk Pancakes

Homemade pancakes are not difficult! These buttermilk pancakes are tasty and filling. An American friend gave me this recipe some years ago. We used to love making these for breakfast on Saturdays with our boys when they were at home, not just once a year, but every week for a time! They are a little more filling than your normal pancakes recipe.

Cook Time

Prep Time: just a few minutes

Serves: 3


  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup wholewheat flour
  • 1/2 cup unbleached white flour (part soya flour and wheat germ can be used)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Combine the wet ingredients together with a fork. Add and mix the dry ingredients until moistened.
  2. Fry spoonfuls on a hot. lightly greased griddle.
  3. Guten appetit!

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Let's Make Pancakes-

How To Toss A Pancake

Loosen the pancake around the edge of your pan with a spatula, hold the pan handle in both hands, give it a good shake and then jerk it towards you so that the pancake turns over. Be prepared to move the pan to catch it in flight! Don't toss it too high!

Who Are The Pancake Tossers?

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Have there been too many pancakes lost on the ceiling in your kitchen or is this one ritual that you wouldn't miss?


Serve With Your favorite Pancake Syrups - Please vote for your favorite from the pancake syrups below

Which Is Your Favorite From These Pancake Syrups?

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Shrove Tuesday

Pancake Day in England is also known as Shrove Tuesday. The word "shrove" came from the word "shrive" which means to confess. It originates from the Middle Ages when people used to confess their sins before the season of Lent began. It was a day of celebration as well as penitence, as people would indulge themselves on food that wasn't allowed during Lent, such as the fat, butter and eggs found in pancakes.

Pancake Day In 1845


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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      Love my pancakes. My husband is better at flipping them though. I do OK with it, but the somehow get tucked under.

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      blestman lm 4 years ago

      Great lens. Just had pancakes this morning -- even though it is Ash Wednesday (not Shrove Tuesday)

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      Christine Hulme 4 years ago from SE Kent, England

      @paulahite: Thank you Paula!

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      Paula Hite 4 years ago from Virginia

      Love your lens! Its being featured on our "Whats Cooking at Squidoo" Google+ page today! Come and check it out!

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      Marti Lawrence 4 years ago from Grain Valley, Missouri

      Very informative and entertaining lens! I love pancakes!

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Pancakes are my favorite breakfast food!

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      Blackspaniel1 5 years ago

      For us it is hot dog day! And then there is parade watching.

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      pinkrenegade lm 5 years ago

      Thanks for the cool information and the recipe.

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      JoyfulReviewer 6 years ago

      Thanks for the history info. and delicious recipe.

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      lftypjk900 6 years ago

      cool lens! Love pancakes

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      Ann 7 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      good recipe- enough for my Mardi Gras quest-

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      Dianne Loomos 7 years ago

      Love your pancake pictures! Here's a string of virtual Mardi Gras Beads!

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      June Campbell 7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Mostly I just serve pancakes for breakfast and that's about it,. Great lens, by the way.

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      justholidays 7 years ago

      We mostly don't practice here in the part of Europe where I live, therefore, we don't do anything really special on Fat Tuesday.

      We eat the same type of food as any other day - crepes (+/- like pancakes) are dedicated to Candlemass. However, we also generally celebrate Carnival for the entire week and some provinces do have Carnival celebrations for the whole month; which means that on Mardi Gras or whatever day of the month, we can join any parade in any province and have lots of fun.

      That's all folk ;)