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Nowadays, however, Shrove Tuesday is less about observing a religious feast than an excuse to indulge in a flipping good sweet or savoury treat that is equally at home being enjoyed for breakfast, teamed with bacon and maple syrup, as it is for brunch, lunch, dinner or dessert.
The tradition of eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday began as a way to use up ingredients including butter, milk and eggs that were not supposed to be eaten and would go bad during the period of Lent.
The idea originally was that people gave up certain fatty and sweet foods, like eggs, milk, butter and sugar for Lent, so used them all up on Shrove Tuesday.
Even the fussiest eaters may be tempted to try new things if they are wrapped up in delicious pancakes Make this Shrove Tuesday a flipping good time for your health and your heart.
Pancakes are among the simplest and yet the most satisfying desserts around, and this week is the perfect excuse to get the frying pan out and cook up a batch: March 8 is Shrove Tuesday or, as it's known in the UK, Pancake Day.
First Christian Church - A celebration of Shrove Tuesday will begin with a pancake supper at 5:30 p.
Other Shrove Day traditions include an event in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, where hundreds flock to play the Royal Shrovetide Football match on a three-mile pitch.
SAUGUS - A Shrove Tuesday pancake dinner will be held at 6 p.
If Alfie has been mourning his parents on Shrove Tuesday every year since they died surely he's been getting the date wrong.
And it being Shrove Tuesday, all he did was toss a few pancakes.
This is one of many allusions to the strange custom of attacking brothels and theatres on Shrove Tuesday.
On National Pancake Day, also known as Mardi Gras and Shrove Tuesday, IHOP will give away one free short stack of its famous buttermilk pancakes from 7 a.