Shrove Tuesday is 47 days before Easter Sunday, the day before Ash Wednesday which is the start of Lent. On this day, Anglo-Saxon Christians went into confession and were ‘shriven’, or absolved of their sins. They would use up their rich ingredients like sugar, eggs and butter in pancakes before the fasting period of Lent began.
Traditionally in the UK, a pancake race is held. The race is held between local housewives wearing aprons and a scarf on their head. They must flip a hot pancake in a frying pan three times during the race. The first woman to arrive at the church and serve her pancake to the bell ringer is the winner.
You don’t want to be caught on Pancake Day without the necessary cooking equipment, guiltily facing the expectant gaze of your children. Make sure you have an egg whisk and a frying pan, or even a crêpe maker if you’re feeling adventurous.
How to survive Easter
Easter comes around all too soon and you’ll need to find ways to keep your kids entertained. In the run up to half term, we have fantastic deals on the latest trending toys and all-time favourites. Spring cleaning is an event in itself and you need to be properly equipped. Get storage to keep the house tidy and everything in its right place. Treat yourself to a new cordless vacuum this year or get a carpet cleaner and learn how to clean a carpet.