It was all hands on deck in the kitchen at Tatura Men’s Shed last Tuesday, as members prepared for lunch and set about cooking dozens of pancakes to celebrate Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday as it is more commonly known as.BOB NICOL March 12, 2014 4:25am
Shrove Tuesday is the last day before Lent, which is a time when people traditionally fasted and avoided food containing eggs and dairy products.
Families would have a feast on Shrove Tuesday.
It was a time for them to eat food that contained these ingredients so that meals would not be wasted.
At the Men’s Shed the batter was pre-prepared and Harry Whyte had the job of cooking the pancakes, while members eagerly awaited their turn to tuck into the offerings, which were covered in syrup, honey or jam.
Some members were keen to offer advice on how to cook the pancakes, with Harry generally, but politely, ignoring them, preferring to do it his way, resulting in a perfect end-product.
Pancakes became associated with Shrove Tuesday because they were a dish that could use up perishable foodstuffs such as eggs, fats and milk.
Pancake races are thought to have begun in 1445.
Many Australians make and share pancakes on Shrove Tuesday.
Selling pancakes to raise money for charity is a popular activity.
Some churches, businesses and charities hold Pancake Day events by making fresh pancakes and selling them.
Proceeds from these events go towards various causes, such as support for low-income families who are experiencing tough times.
Shrove Tuesday gets its name from the ritual of shriving, when the faithful confessed their sins to their priest and received forgiveness before the Lenten season began.
As far back as 1000 AD, ‘to shrive’ meant to hear confessions.
Shrove Tuesday also marks the beginning of the 40-day Lenten fasting period when the faithful are forbidden to consume meat, butter, eggs or milk.
It was a big day for Tatura Men’s Shed members on Tuesday.
As well as celebrating Pancake Day and enjoying a hearty lunch, they were addressed by Mark Pacitti, author of Dancing With The Black Dog, who was in town for a talk on depression at the Ballantyne Centre that night.
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