Today is Mardi Gras–AKA “Pancake Day”. IHOP offers all you can eat pancakes for a reason. Yeah, to get you in the door, but also to celebrate the tradition that so many love.Pancakes are associated with the day preceding Lent because they were a way to use up rich foods such as eggs, milk, and sugar, before the fasting season of the 40 days of Lent.
In Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Ireland and New Zealand the day is also known as “Pancake Day”.
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On Pancake Day, “pancake races” are held in villages and towns across the United Kingdom. The tradition is said to have originated when a housewife from Olney, Buckinghamshire, was so busy making pancakes that she forgot the time until she heard the church bells ringing for the service. She raced out of the house to church while still carrying her frying pan and pancake.
The pancake race remains a common festive tradition in the UK, especially England, even today. Participants with frying pans race through the streets tossing pancakes into the air and catching them in the pan whilst running.
Come join in the fun with Anton as he races to remember his late restaurant business partner and secret love. Pancake Race by Christine London is a 99 cents short story available exclusively through Amazon.com (http://amzn.to/1mSsXMc )
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That’s two for one, folks!
Pop over and see Princess Kate flipping a perfect pancake. (Yes, even royalty are in on the fun) Oh, and an oh so easy pancake recipe as well: