As I am sure you know...well, you do now...today is National Pancake Day and in honor of this event, I broke out the mixing bowl and a few frozen blackberries from last summer's garden and made a wee batch of wee pancakes. Complete with a little pitcher of warmed maple syrup. National Pancake Day pancakes deserve real maple syrup.
So why, you may ask, is today National Pancake Day? Well, because today is Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of the 40 day season of Lent, a time of fasting and self denial for many Christians. So, to quote Wikipedia, people would often celebrate this day, also know as Fat Tuesday, by cooking tasty treats like pancakes. "Making and eating such foods was considered a last feast with ingredients such as sugar, fat and eggs, whose consumption was traditionally restricted during the ritual fasting associated with Lent."
Sadly, IHOP, who in the past has offer free pancakes on National Pancake Day, has decided this year to celebrate it on 2/23...which sort of misses the point. But you can still get your free short stack that day if you wish. Free makes things extra tasty! :-)