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How "fat" was your Tuesday?

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

I didn't grow up using the term "Mardi Gras", for us it was Shrove Tuesday, a day of pancake tossing and eating, with lashings of sugar and lemon juice.

"In France, the festival was called Mardi Gras, meaning “Fat Tuesday.” This name comes from the ancient pagan practice of killing and eating a fattened calf on the last day of Carnival; it dates from the pre-Christian era when the Druids sacrificed offerings to pagan gods, seeking more fertile women and livestock. This day was also known as “Shrove Tuesday” (from the old English word “shrive,” which means to confess all sins) and “Pancake Tuesday.” The custom of making pancakes came from the need to use up all the fat, eggs and dairy products before the fasting period of Lent began." (

I'm happy to say I've eaten none of these foods today. It's been vegetables and fruits as usual?

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LIBBYL1 2/27/2013 12:36AM

  I love pancakes with lemon, sugar and cinnamon...Really really thin ones ...If I had realised it was shrove tuesday would have taken the opportunity to indulge - even though I think I last gave up things for Lent when I was about 7... I always love hearing how these things link back to pagan festivals so thanks for that!

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ARTJAC 2/26/2013 10:41PM


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MLH148 2/26/2013 3:15PM

    Fat Tuesday was a couple weeks ago b/c Ash Wednesday was on 2/13 -- just before Valentine's if you are into that sort of thing.
It is interesting how things are twisted for religious purposes (winter solstice becomes Christmas, mid point of Fall becomes All Saints)
But my Tuesday has not been too FAT today -- just hope to keep it up through the evening.

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PEPPYPATTI 2/26/2013 1:02PM

    How awesome! Thank you for sharing the facts of Mardi Gras!
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MICKEYH 2/26/2013 10:21AM

    Here in US. We are enjoying Tuesday morning. I am not plan to eat much fat today. Lol))
I am thinking about left over lentil soup or may be grilled salmon and salad. I used to love pan cake. But I only eat them very seldom on the week ends.

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BRAVELUTE 2/26/2013 6:59AM

    Down another pound.WooHoo!

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POSITIVEPAULA8 2/26/2013 5:24AM

    My day was a healthy food day it usually is I had fish and salad for dinner. My fish was crumbed in "Japanese Panko Crumbs" they are really nice.

I don't eat pancakes, used to but not any more now that I eat according to my blood type.


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PHEBESS 2/26/2013 4:10AM

    We just called it Tuesday, LOL!

Had Thai duck salad for dinner - it was wonderful!

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SUSIEPH1 2/26/2013 3:39AM

    Me too. I love my fruit and veggies ... Hugs Susie xx emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 2/26/2013 2:51AM

    We also called it Shrove Tuesday; other language names for the day - Mardi Gras, Fasnacht Day, Carnival / Carnivale, etc. - weren't unknown, but with the occasional exception of places like New Orleans, weren't used by us, any more than we'd have counted by "un, deux, trois" or something. A lot of people here in the UK (mostly the younger generation - am I dating myself? lol) don't recognize the word "Shrove" at all, and don't know of the tradition of Lenten fasting: to them, it's Pancake Day, a day set aside for indulging in pancakes as opposed to mince (Christmas) pies.

For what it's worth, I thought Shrove Tuesday this year was a couple weeks ago, but I could be wrong - I don't go to church much anymore, and I don't eat pancakes, so it could well be today...

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JIBBIE49 2/26/2013 1:18AM

    I read that the six weeks of Lent was to keep people from wanting to eat much since it was before Spring and food was short the end part of winter, same as why the Catholics had Fish on Friday, because there was a shortage of meat. Interesting how they used religion to deal with the masses of people. emoticon

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