Pancake Tuesday… with a twist

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Today is Pancake Tuesday! Are YOU having pancakes for dinner? We are!

I’m not sure how many countries actually have a Pancake Tuesday. I’m sure the ‘real’ Fat Tuesday is similar… but in Ireland, they call it Pancake Tuesday. Without Googling the official reason, here’s my version of the reason why, as filtered through what my hubby told me nearly seven years ago:

It’s a Catholic thing. Because you were meant to give up yummy things for Lent, you used up all the eggs and flour and sugar the night before Ash Wednesday, so it wasn’t in your house to tempt you. What better way to use these ingredients than by making a passel of pancakes?

So, I’m not a Catholic and wasn’t raised that way. Hubby isn’t a Catholic either, but he was raised that way, and has had a lifetime of traditionally having pancakes for dinner one particular Tuesday a year. (He was just telling me the day is yet another pagan festival day that has been usurped.) Hence, we make pancakes (or, he does, because I don’t have the patience) – but we don’t do it for any other reason than tradition and it’s a bit of fun – and, of course, because they are soooo tasty.

The problem is… we are on a low-to-no carb diet. What to do? Well, there are tons of versions of low-carb ‘cakes out there. He’s been doing it long enough that now he has his own version. I’m not privy to the details, but I know it involves eggs, vanilla, possibly whey powder, and ricotta cheese. And they are fantastic, especially with my home-grown blueberries from the year before all throughout. You’d never know they were low carb. I’m smelling them cooking now, and they even smell like ‘normal’ pancakes.

As an American, I can’t get into just sprinkling sugar (or Splenda) on top of my pancakes. I might cheat on the diet and use some of my precious Mrs Butterworth’s syrup on mine. Just a little, though.

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    • They definitely don’t call it Fat Tuesday here. I spent some time in Mobile, Alabama and they swear they started the big Fat Tuesday parties before New Orleans did. Or maybe it was just that they invented the Moon Pie… It’s been over 20 years!

  1. Breakfast For Dinner…I was raised on it ’cause we had no $$$. We still have it at my house at least once a week. Nothing wrong with it!

  2. I don’t think people knew it was Pancake Tuesday yesterday.
    BUT I DID! And I wanted to have pancakes so badly! But my hubby didn’t. I haven’t had pancakes in ages! 😦

  3. I am ashamed to say I only ate ten pancakes this year. Last year was a disaster but the year before I lost count. We just didn’t have enough batter for so many this year.
    Various toppings but as a Brit, they were cooked crepe style and the most successful seemed to be sugar and lemon juice, as I had about six of them….my body is a temple as you can see.

    • Oh and it’s always been a tradition for me as long as I can remember. Comes Pancake Day comes from Shrove Tuesday I believe. I may be wrong but I thought it origins came from a Christian celebration wherein folk would prepare for lent (the day after or something) by using up all of their foods-flour, eggs, milk etc and pancakes was an awesome creation from said ingredients!

      • I learned to love crepes with lemon curd via my sister who lived in England for a decade. You can get it here, but it’s not really an Irish thing. Yum, though! We ate so many we felt a bit ill the next day. It was worth it.

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