What does Shrove mean? What does it have to do with Tuesday and why do we stuff ourselves with high calorie Pancakes on Shrove Tuesday. Well the word Shrove is simply the past tense of the word Shrive, and the word Shrive is a word used to describe the act of hearing confession, assigning a penance or absolving the confessor. The day before the christian Ash Wednesday is also called Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras.
Traditionally pancakes are eaten on this day to mark the beginning of the fasting period called Lent which begins at midnight on Shrove Tuesday. Of course pancakes are a very personal part of every Irish household with each Irish mammy (and in many cases daddy ) having their own take on the delicious treat. They vary in shape from household to household some being small and fat, (a variation on the dropped scone) while others are thin and as big as the pan surface available. The traditional way to eat pancakes in Ireland is to serve them hot with butter, sugar and lemon juice. However as America has as many variations on the pancake as the devil has sins to confess, toppings are only limited by ones imagination. Everything from lemon and butter, fresh fruit, jams, syrups, savoury and sweet whatever the mind can conjure up goes, and that’s what makes pancakes so much fun for all the family.
Flexible and customisable you don’t of course need to wait till Shrove Tuesday to eat them. There are also a myriad of healthy recipe variations out there so its not necessary to spoil the fun with guilty feelings. We recommend you use top quality Applegreen milk and eggs for the batter and Applegreen butter to spread the love. And if you do feel you have overindulged just give me a call and confess your gluttony and I will be delighted to personally shrive you. You will have then been shriven. I will gladly tell everyone that I shrove you and of course you can send me a few pan cakes for my trouble. Now that’s batter.