Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Happy National Pancake Day!

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! :-)


  1. The pancakes in the picture are mouth-watering!

    I knew the tradition of pancakes the day before Ash Wednesday, but I had no idea it had been proclaimed, National Pancake Day :)

  2. Yay for pancakes!!! I am such a huge fan of breakfast food, but pancakes happen to be my absolute favorite!!!

  3. Ok, now I'm hungry. Your pancakes look good!

  4. I had to laugh at this because when we lived in France, our son came home from school very excited because they were going to make pancakes for Mardi Gras! He was disappointed on Mardi Gras when "all" they made was crepes.

  5. So what am I doing eating yogurt and walnuts, then? Is it illegal to diet on Fat Tuesday?

  6. I agree; I would never defile pancakes on ANY day with fake syrup. When we go out for breakfast, I take my little jug of real maple syrup with me in my purse!

  7. We cheated and had our wild blueberry pancakes with Portuguese sausage on Sunday...tonite it's pork tenderloin with almond sauce...and real homemade icecream for dessert.

    I also agree -- must have REAL MAPLE syrup and it must be warmed. THere's nothing worse than pouring cold syrup (or trying to spread cold butter) on hot pancakes. Off to compile my lenten TBR list.

  8. Molly, glad I could inform! :-)

    Jen, I am actually not a huge brekkie fan, but I made an exception today.

    CeeCee, sorry, I ate them all.

    Kathy, crepes are all well and good, but they are not my idea of pancakes.

    Sandy, yes, it is ILLEGAL! Now you need to eat some ice cream and chocolate.

    Rhapsody, that is too funny. Hmmm...those nice little bottles they sometimes have in real nice hotels would be just the thing....

    Tina, I actually hope to add some Lenten reads into my 'normal' TBRs...
    the pork sounds yummy...almond sauce huh?

  9. There are some places in the world (Kansas is one) where they have pancake races on Fat Tuesday. Women race a certain distance and must flip pancakes in a skillet as they run. I'd rather eat that yummy stack of yours.

  10. This must be the first year that I have missed making pancakes on Shrove Tuesday. Don't know how it slipped by. Luckily I had made some on Sunday for my son.

    I like you syrup bottle much better than the tin mine is in. Mine is from a local farm, which around here isn't too hard to do at all. I can drive down the road and see the farmers putting out the buckets on the trees and a few use the hoses. Then we have a huge maple syrup festival the first weekend of April. love to sit out side in the freezing weather and eat pancakes with heated syrup.

  11. no maple syrup in NJ...
    I think I bought that bottle in Canada and have had it awhile. I didn't want to open it, because it is so cute. But I had no others, so it was a maple syrup emergency

    I like you can!
    I wish I had your can!


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