Shrove Tuesday (technically its correct name) is more commonly known as Pancake Tuesday and is the first day of Lent. Today was traditionally used to get rid of s foods i.e. flour, eggs, sugar (also known as nice things), meat as well was used up during this time. These foods were usually restricted or given up entirely during the 40 days of lent. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shrove_Tuesday)
Bet You Didn’t Know This
- The first pancake recipe that appeared in an English cookbook was in the 15th century.
- According to the Oxford English Dictionary, “flat as a pancake”, has been a catchphrase since at least 1611.
- The highest pancake toss ever measured was 9.47 meters, or 31 feet 1 inch. It was done by Dominic Cuzzacrea at the Walden Galleria Mall in Cheektowaga, New York, United States, on November 13, 2010.
- The most flips that anyone has done with a pancake was 349 flips in two minutes, which was done by Dean Gould at Felixstowe, Suffolk in 1995. (Hats off to anyone who can beat that!)
- The most people tossing pancakes was 890 and it was achieved at an event organized by the University of Sheffield in Sheffield, United Kingdom, in 2012.
- The Guinness World Record for the most pancakes served in 8 hours by a team is 34,818. (http://tonsoffacts.com/26-fun-interesting-facts-pancakes/)
- Pancake Races actually exist. Olney in Buckinghamshire has one of the oldest dating back to 1445. It’s said to have originated when a housewife was so busy making pancakes that she forgot the time until she heard the church bells ringing for mass. She raced out of the house to church while still carrying her frying pan and pancake. The races still happen today. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shrove_Tuesday