Feb 6th

Against the grain – Pancake Tuesday

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It is that time of year again, Mardi Gras, Carnival, or here in Ireland, Pancake Tuesday. Mardi Gras, literally meaning “Fat Tuesday,” is often thought of as the “last hurrah” before lent begins on Ash Wednesday. This time is also known as Carnival in many Catholic cultures and is the time outside the Christmas or Easter season. Carnival comes from the Latin words carne vale, meaning “farewell to the flesh.” This likely has roots in pre-Christian tradition based on the seasons. Some people believe the festival represented the few days added to the lunar calendar to make it coincide with the solar calendar; and since these days were outside the calendar, rules and customs were not obeyed. Take a trip to the French Quarter in New Orleans at Mardi Gras and see the mayhem for yourself! The belief also exists that Carnival was a late winter celebration to welcome spring. In Ireland the faithful were obstaining from eggs and dairy for 40 days until Easter so they had to use up the remaining ingredients and make pancakes. Whatever your customs or beliefs are, today, people all over Ireland will be enjoying pancakes for dinner. So… let the festivities begin! Here is a grain-free favourite in our house.

shrove tuesday

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