Tuesday 12 February 2013

Barnaby thinks about pancakes

Today is Shrove Tuesday, the last day before the start of Lent (Ash Wednesday). Traditionally, Shrove Tuesday is the last day to use up rich fatty foods before the forty days of fasting leading up to Easter, begins. In the UK (also in Australia, New Zealand and Canada) eating pancakes was a way to use up rich foods such as eggs, milk, and sugar, before the fasting season began. In other parts of the Christian world different traditions have arisen, serving the same purpose. In Lithuania, people eat a type of doughnut. In Finland it is common to eat a pastry called laskiaispulla (sweet bread filled with whipped cream and jam or almond paste). Worldwide, the day is also often celebrated with carnivals and parades.
Spare a thought, however, for the folk in Iceland, whose idea of fun is to eat salted meat and peas on Sprengidagur (Bursting Day) as Shrove Tuesday is known locally.
Whether your preference is for sweet or sour, you'll find a rich mixture to tempt you at www.barnaby-wilde.co.uk where you will find good ebooks to download on any day of the year.
Happy reading.

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