Shrove Tuesday (also known as Pancake Tuesday and Pancake Day) is the day preceding Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Shrove Tuesday is determined by Easter; its date changes annually.
The expression "Shrove Tuesday" comes from the word shrive, meaning "confess." Related popular practices are associated with celebrations before the fasting and religious obligations associated with the penitential season of Lent. The term Mardi gras is French for Fat Tuesday, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins onAsh Wednesday.
It's OK to enjoy your Big Fat Stack of Pancakes today.
Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Tuesday or Fat Tuesday... Whatever you call it, it's a day that you can eat Pancakes to your hearts content before you are supposed to swear off of guilty pleasures for 40 days. Who's kidding who? How many people last the 40 days? If so it should be marketed as a diet plan that works.
I have never been to Mardi Gras but I can only imagine how much food I would consume and how much weight I would gain after a few days in the Big Easy.
There are low fat, or gluten free pancake recipes but I am not going to give you that recipe. I like to go classic and then you add whatever you like to it. Blueberries, brain food, strawberries, heart and love food, maple syrup, good Canadian liquid gold.
Here's a really cute way to make Pancakes from Brit Chef Jamie Oliver and his daughters.
and this is Martha Stewart's recipe for Basic Pancakes.