Tuesday the 5th of Februaury was 'Shrove Tuesday', the name of which comes from the shriving (confessing) that Anglo-Saxon Christians were expected to do prior to receiving absolution immediately before Lent. We, of course more commonly know this day as 'Pancake Day'. The reason that pancakes are associated with the day preceding Lent is that the 40 days of Lent form a period of liturgical fasting, during which only the plainest foodstuffs may be eaten. Therefore, rich ingredients such as eggs, milk, and sugar are disposed of immediately prior to the onset of the fast. Pancakes and doughnuts were seen as an efficient way of using up these perishable goods, besides providing a minor celebratory feast prior to the fast itself .
So, the other half and I made some pancakes but didn't commit to the Lent idea..we like our food too much!!