If you don’t know what’s happening on Tuesday 21st February, I'll tell you! It’s pancake day. Now you’re either thinking, there is no way I'm not gonna finish reading this blog post on pancakes, because what a silly thing to write about. Or you may carry on reading this blog and find out that firstly it’s a very impressive skill to be able to cook the first pancake without it falling to pieces and looking like crap and you may learn something new.
Now if you’re an unorganised person you’ve probably forgotten to even buy the ingredients for pancakes and now it might be too late to go buy some in that case, I have no hope for you… but I'm sure you are not the only one and when I say that, you probably are.
But if you have remembered your ingredients for pancake day, well done! You want a medal? You’re not getting one, you remembered one of the simplest things ever, congratulations. I’m probably not going to be the best person to tell you how to make them or leave you any tips as, to be honest with you when I try it just all goes wrong, the pancake gets stuck to the pan, or it falls to pieces and everyone's unhappy, so you’re best of just hoping for the best! I’m rooting for you!
So now that I’ve reminded you to be prepared for pancake day, there is no excuse, except if you don’t even like pancakes and in that case, I don’t have a clue why you would be reading a blog post about pancakes. But in all fairness I did say to begin with you may learn something new and maybe you will now as there are many different countries that celebrate pancake day the same as us and other countries who celebrate it differently.
Ireland, Australia and Canada celebrate pancake day in a similar way to us but in France, the USA and other countries it is called ‘Mardi Gras’ or ‘Fat Tuesday’. In France and the USA, they don’t tend to eat pancakes on the 21st, instead, they celebrate by eating ‘fatty foods’.
In many other countries, including Italy, Shrove Tuesday (pancake day) is just one of the days of festivities that may last weeks. This time is sometimes known as ‘Carnevale’ where they enjoy authentic Italian food, parades and parties.
In Portugal they celebrate Shrove Tuesday or Fat Sunday by running up and down the streets, jumping and dancing in groups and shouting excitedly, scaring people.
These are only a few of the countries that celebrate Pancake day in different ways but there are also so many more! You may also just have your own family tradition, so no matter what you do, just have fun!