If your mother ever told you “Don’t play with your food!”, then Pancake Day is the one day every year where it is perfectly fine to do so. Pancake Day, which is celebrated the day before Ash Wednesday is also known as Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras. Over the 40-days of Lent, people fast from ‘rich foods’ in favour of plain food. In London, not everyone one eats their pancakes, but they also play with them. Across the city, there are many races to traditionally mark the beginning of Lent, such as the Great Spitalfields Pancake Race and the Leadenhall Market Pancake Race. One of the popular Shrove Tuesday events is the annual Parliamentary Pancake Race organised by the charity Rehab. The Pancake Race, which is in its 19th year, was held in Victoria Tower Gardens nex
Good news: For all those who need an excuse when stuffing their face with plate after plate of round, griddle-based cakes, Pancake Day is finally here. Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Day, is the time to feast before fasting for Lent. Or purely a celebration of the humble pancake enjoyed by people all over the world. Nader Kaddour looks at the international diversity in pancakes, which is mouth-wateringly awesome. Celebrate Pancake Day properly this year with these delicious creations from around the globe, and learn where to eat them in London. Reporter: Nader Kaddour Sub-editor: Edward Lauder Pancakes/Flapjacks USA/Canada Chocolate chip, bananas and peanut butter, blueberry, or bathed in butter and maple syrup, if you can imagine it, it probably exists as a pancake.