What is Pancake Day? It is a day that pancakes are traditionally eaten and is also known as ‘Shrove Tuesday’.
So here are 3 useful things you should know about ‘Shrove Tuesday’ and pancakes :
What is a “Shrove Tuesday”?
“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 on Ash Wednesday.” – Wikipedia
The calories in a pancake depend on the ingredients used in making the pancake, but normally 277 calories / 100 g. If you eat 3 pancakes, it would be over 500 calories!
“Within a healthy balanced diet, a man needs around 2,500kcal a day to maintain his weight. For a woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal a day.” – NHS
Pancake Day in London
There are many events taking place in and around London. As well as eating pancakes, there is a tradition of pancake races; some races often raise money for charity.
Better Bankside Pancake Day Race
When: Tuesday, 4 March 2014 – 12:00pm to 2:00pm, Races start at 12:30, please arrive in good time.
Location: Borough Market, 8 Southwark Street, London SE1 1TL
GREAT SPITALFIELDS PANCAKE RACE
When : Tuesday 4 March, 12:30 pm
Location : 91 Brick Lane, Spitalfields E1 6QL
Greenwich Market Pancake Race
When : 4 March, start at 1pm with children’s races from 4pm.
Location : Greenwich Market, Greenwich High Road, London, SE10 9HZ
Have a lovely weekend!
For pancake recipes visit the BBC Food Occasions website.