Shrove Tuesday AKA Pancake Day AKA Mardi Gras falls on
Tuesday 12 February 2013 and is the last day before Lent. Lent is a time
of abstinence, of giving things up – so Shrove Tuesday is the final
chance to indulge oneself and eat foods that aren’t allowed during Lent.
Pancakes are eaten on this day b
ecause they contain fat, butter and
eggs which were forbidden. Today Christians traditionally give up one
thing, such as chocolate, for Lent. In days gone by there was a whole
week of celebrations and in other parts of the world the celebrations
are still very extravagant. The carnivals held in New Orleans and Rio de
Janeiro originate from the celebrations preceding Lent. In fact the
word carnival comes from the Latin meaning ‘removal of meat’ which
refers to the early Christian Lentern diet.
Why don’t you make a mask to wear in the Mardi Gras festival
and/or try out one of our pancake recipes. The savoury and sweet mini
pancake recipes even have an accompanying video.
Sweet mini pancakes
Pancakes and summer berry compote
After all that cooking why not visit our section Making and Baking: The Science and Technology
and discover what makes bread rise; how making bread at home differs
from commercial bread making; some of the different types of bread
available; and what the symbols and numbers on the label of a loaf of
bread mean. Or why not watch a video on the industrial bread process.
And don’t forget, before you begin any cooking session please make sure you are familiar with the health and safety checklist.