Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Pancake Day

Listening to the radio earlier, I heard a report that today is pancake day at IHOP (International House of Pancakes).  Apparently, in 2006 they invented pancake day to raise money for charity. (???)

Well, I’m sorry IHOP, I have to disappoint you.  You did not invent pancake day.  Anyone in England (possibly Europe) knows Shrove Tuesday is pancake day and in fact, it may have been invented by Jif Lemon, but I’m thinking Jif may have been invented because of pancake day.

Actually, in Olney, Buckinghamshire, there is an annual pancake race, which has been run since 1445.  It was said to have started when a local housewife, hearing the “Shriving Bell” ran to the church with her frying pan in hand.  She had been cooking pancakes and thus, the race was on.

Don't forget to flip as you run
America calls our pancakes “crepes.”  Their pancakes here are basically stodgy dollops of goo fried in a pan for a while and served with anything from syrup to fruit or even eggs and bacon.   
How frightfully uncivilized, having sweet and savory on the same plate!
American Pancakes
The Great British Pancake

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