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The fattest of Tuesdays

March 4, 2011

Next Tuesday marks the celebration of indulgence before the beginning of Lent, the Christian season of preparation before Easter.  For many, the Lenten season is a time of repentance, reflection, and moderation – hence the big ol’ party the night before.

Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, and Carnival are some of the best-known and most extravagant parties with parades, music, drinking, dancing, and eating for days on end.  In my corner of the world , we celebrate Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day. A bit less flashy, but an utterly delicious tradition.

Pancake Day involves making thin crepes after dinner (or for dinner if you’re lucky, my mother always made us eat a healthy meal first), complete with a dramatic flip of the crepe out of the frying pan after you’ve cooked the first side!  Once ready, they’re sprinkled with fresh-squeezed lemon juice and sugar, rolled or folded up and eaten hot.  YUM. 

Even though I’m now a dual UK/US citizen, this coming Tuesday will always be pancake day to me. My flipping skills aren’t near my mother’s level, but it’s lots of fun trying.  Everything tastes good with lemon juice and sugar on it, even if it’s mishapen and/or had a brief encounter with the kitchen floor (3 second rule)…

How do you celebrate Fat Tuesday and/or what’s your favorite food indulgence?

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