From London With Love
Photo by Carly Keen.

From London With Love

Last week, I celebrated a holiday that America must embrace and one I’d celebrate everyday if I could. I’m talking about Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day.

The origins of Pancake Day are quite simple: Shrove Tuesday has been around for centuries. It is the  Tuesday that precedes Ash Wednesday and Lent. Pancakes were and continue to be the staple of this holiday as they used up rich foods such as eggs, milk and sugar before fasting for Lent.

In the 15th century, Pancake Day was a half holiday that started at 11 a.m. and had pancake races. Today, Pancake Day is celebrated all day with pancake races, pancake decorating contests, pancakes for charity and other events.

Photo by Carly Keen.

Photo by Carly Keen.

I opted for pancakes for charity as a restaurant in town teamed up with Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. I wouldn’t pass up eating pancakes and helping animals, two of my favorite things.

For a £5 donation, I topped and ate a delicious pancake and donate to a cause that means the world to me.

The chef asked if I wanted to flip my own pancake, but I knew it would end up on the floor, so I left that to the professional.

 

Carly Keen

Managing Editor

ckeen607@uwsp.edu

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