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We're now in Shrovetide - the week before Ash Wednesday and Lent. Next Wednesday is Ash Wednesday. It marks the start of the Christian season of Lent, where people often give up certain foods to demonstrate self-restraint or, in these less than Christian times, to improve their health. The fasting period of Lent lasts for 40 days (excluding Sundays) and ends at  Easter.

Families are encouraged to come up with an easy way of getting rid of temptation by getting rid of all their indulgent fatty foods such as eggs, butter, milk, and flour. So they throw them all into one simple meal on Shrove Tuesday - pancakes! In Ireland we call it Pancake Tuesday or Máirt na hInide. In other places it's known as Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday).

Some people believe that pancakes represent the four pillars of the Christian faith: eggs for creation, flour for sustenance, salt for wholesomeness and milk for purity.

I'm afraid Lent has never helped me to be a better Christian but sure it's worth another try. Enjoy your pancakes with lot's of honey!


We now live in an area which produces the best honey in the UK, so we're using quite a lot of local honey!
Lemon juice and a dusting of icing sugar.
Lemon juice and a dusting of icing sugar.
Here we know it as Pączki Day! The stores have been selling pączki for the past few weeks now!
Lemon juice and maple syrup. Tastes surprisingly alcoholic.