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Shrove Tuesday/Pancake Tuesday

A little history and a recipe on how to make a pancake

Lent was observed more strictly in the past than it is today. People fasted from meat and animal products. The day before Lent commenced was an occasion to indulge before fasting began. Pancakes were a traditional way on Shrove Tuesday, or Máirt de hInide, to use up surplus eggs, butter and milk.

Buttermilk pancakes from 'Traditional Irish Recipes', Appletree Press, used by permission. www.irelandseye.com          

Mixing bowl (NMI Collection - F:1988.52) Egg-holder (NMI Collection - F:2000.63)

Salt box (NMI Collection - F:1953.175) Successful Pancake tossing was a sign of success in finding a marriage partner. Shrove Tuesday was a popular day to marry because weddings were not permitted during Lent.