Lent will soon be here, for those who aren’t familiar with the custom, it’s a period of fasting and abstinence (from meat) that leads up to the celebration of Easter. Many of you are familiar with Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday, this celebration ends when Lent begins. Over the past few years, I’ve noticed a certain pancake-focused chain celebrates Pancake Day which coincides with Fat Tuesday. Interestingly, it seems that Pancake Day actually got its start with the Orthodox Church whose dietary requirements for the Lenten fast are more rigid. Pancakes are an excellent, yet simple way to use up dairy products that could otherwise go to waste during their fast.
We don’t go out to eat much, with several young children the experience is always more pain than pleasure and that’s even before the bill arrives. We began celebrating pancake day at home as it is a fun excuse to have breakfast for dinner.
Do you celebrate Pancake Day or do you consider it just another one of those eye-roll inducing gimmicks?