Next to Holy Week leading up to Easter, this (Fat Tuesday) is one of my favorite days of the year. I love pancakes. It’s as simple as that. In other parts of the world the day is known as Carnival or Mardi Gras or Shrove Tuesday the days of celebration and excess leading up to the beginning of the 40 days of fasting and penance, known as Lent. Lent begins tomorrow on Ash Wednesday, but more on that tomorrow. Today eat, drink and be merry (or whatever lady’s name you choose) because tomorrow, we fast. The excitement will give way to somberness, much like Mitt Romney’s favorabilitynumbers since Donald Trump endorsed him.
Why call it Pancake Tuesday? Well in Ireland back in the day one rarely got pancakes, if at all, as a breakfast dish during the year. But on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday Pancake Tuesday in Ireland long ago, it was usually a family celebration. For the faithful, Lent meant abstaining from eggs and all dairy products, so all of these had to be used up before Ash Wednesday. When the family and I lived in the North Side of Dublin in 1991-92, in a working class neighborhood known as Cabra, we were introduced to this custom and got into the spirit of it quickly. It was a hit. I cooked and made an enormous amount of pancakes for dinner. The thought of penance and fasting was way far away at the moment. I still, to this day sometimes have breakfast for dinner if I’m in a hotel.
So have a seat, pull out the syrup fry the bacon and get the mixing bowl out. It’s time for pancakes.
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and so it goes….