“Shrove Day!” says my english boyfriend all of a sudden while I was fiddling with my laptop and editing my blog. “What?” I said, a little startled as I was very concentrated on what I was doing. “Shrove day! It’s on Tuesday, pancake day.” he answered. “So???” I asked, baffled. “We have to have pancakes on Tuesday ’cause it’s Pancake day in England. It’s a tradition.” he said. “Aaah… ok….we don’t have that in Manila (city in the Philippines where I came from, thus ladies there are called Manileña).”
Anyway, discussion concluded when we both decided to have pancakes in the evening because we were supposed to be both working today, Tuesday. However, yesterday I got a very bad crampy stomach pain below my xyphoid process and a sicky feeling that I thought would go away sooner, but it did not go away til 2 a.m. and it did not let me sleep. I decided to call off sick and observe my tummy pain. In the morning, Jack had to go and donate his platelets then head back home to get ready for work. So even with my stomach ache, I need to eat and it would be nice to atleast cook something for my hardworking boyfriend before going to work.
What is Shrove Day?
While cooking, I wondered what Shrove day is. Why do they celebrate it in England? I didn’t even know what shrove meant. I did a little research about it and Shrove came from the english word shrive meaning to confess. Basically it is the day of confession before the Lenten season begins, which starts on Ash Wednesday.
The beginning of Lenten season for Christians mean they need to fast as an observance of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice when he went to Judaean desert and fasted for 40 days. Christians abstain from animal products during Lenten season. Historically speaking, this day was the last opportunity for Anglo-Saxon Christians to get rid of their eggs and butter before the Lenten season begins, and making pancakes was the best way for it.
Do we observe it in the Philippines?
Pancakes and waffles were not part of traditional filipino dish and culture. It was only recently introduced. I did not find much Philippine history about pancakes but I read about the Pancake House, a restaurant back home founded by 3 women hoping to introduce pancakes in our country in 1974. Definitely a western influence. So the answer is no we do not observe this in my home country. Although, they might shove their mouths with loads chicken, beef and pork just before Ash Wednesday, so maybe we can call it Shove day in the Philippines? (LOL! Kidding!)
Anyway, when I first moved in England, I never knew how to mix pancakes because we usually just buy a pre-mixed formula in the market. Now.. tadaaa! My boyfriend said I make pancakes better and fluffier than he does. Happy Shrove Day everyone! 😉