Today isn’t just any Tuesday, it’s Fat Tuesday—Mardi Gras. It’s the last no-holds-barred day for feasting and frivolity before Lent begins and—presumably—we swear off excess and austerity measures get put in place for the next 40 days.
Fat Tuesday is known by other names, as well, including Shrove Tuesday and, my personal favorite, Pancake Tuesday. Pancakes! Now we’re talking.
How the day came to be called Pancake Tuesday by millions of Christians around the world has do with the tradition of giving up yummy, fatty foods such as butter, eggs and milk during the Lenten fast. Because toss a little flour in with that naughty butter, eggs and milk, and there you have it—pancakes.
But Shrove Tuesday flapjacks aren’t just for breakfast. Traditionally, hotcakes are served for dinner as a final hurrah to fat. And breakfast for dinner is always a fun way to mix it up, no matter what day it is.
There are a couple of places around town to get pancakes tonight, including and , or you can whip up a batch yourself. If you’re looking for something a little different, these whole wheat crepes from Nourish Network are mighty fine.
Pancakes or no this evening, Happy Mardi Gras and laissez les bon temps rouler—let the good times roll!