Pancakes, Pancakes, Pancakes.

It’s just about that time of year again. Tuesday, February 13th, is Shrove Tuesday, otherwise known as Pancake Day. As I have done in the past with my Fall Suppers posts, I am creating a list of pancake meals in the upcoming couple of weeks or so.

Pancake day waffles.

Waffles will work just as well as pancakes.

One difference between this and the fall suppers, is that this is open to community groups inside and outside of Winnipeg. So, if you are having a pancake supper, please feel free to get in contact with me. My email is macbubs13 at gmail dot com.

On a related note, if as a parish you hold fish fries during Lent, pass that on to me as well, and I will make a separate list of those.

February 3rd, 2018 Canadian Celiac Association, Manitoba Chapter

The information for this event can be found on the poster. The tickets are $5.00 for adults, and children under 12 eat free. The heading says that all affected by gluten are invited. So this may be something new for you if you have issues with gluten in your diet.


February 10th, 2018, All Saints Anglican Church

Address: 175 Colony Street

As you may have heard, All Saints is the process of undergoing major changes. This will be one of the final events in the old church hall. It’s Mardi Gras themed, and the poster with all the details can be found here.

February 13th, 2018, Saint Margaret’s Anglican Church

160 Ethelbert Street.

This dinner runs from 5 to 7 pm, and there will be pancakes, sausages, fruit, other toppings along with coffee, tea, and juice. I will be at this one, making sure that the sausage are well cooked and browned. Ticket info in a day or two.

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Pancake Day, Berry Sauce.

Today is Shrove Tuesday, otherwise known as Mardi Gras, or Pancake Day. Shrove Tuesday was originally the day when everyone was expected to go to the priest for confession. By doing this they were said to be shriven. At the same time, Shrove Tuesday was the day for using up all the fat in the house before the austere diet of Lent. Somewhere along the line in England in particular the practice of eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday arose.

Berry Sauce bubbling away.

Berry Sauce bubbling away.

Today the St. Mary’s Road Anglican Parishes are holding their own supper for Pancake Day. If you don’t have any plans to celebrate Pancake Day, we would be more than happy for you to join us at the Norwood St. Boniface Legion, 134 Street, beginning at 5 pm Continue reading

Shrove Tuesday: Penitence and Pancakes

Shrove Tuesday Origins:

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, which clearly ignored its own advice in its title, defines Shrove Tuesday as:

The day immediately before Ash Wednesday, so named

from the ‘Shriving’, i.e. confession and absolution of the

faithful on that day.

Nowadays, we generally associate Shrove Tuesday with pancakes.  In fact Pancake day has become one of the shorthands for Shrove Tuesday.  Mardi Gras is another such shorthand.

These traditions go back in time to when  the 40 days of Lent, which begins with Ash Wednesday, was a very austere period.  So, on Shrove Tuesday, after the confession and absolution, people would feast and use up any rich foods that they had in their houses.


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