Traditionally, people viewed the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday as the last opportunity to finish off any remaining eggs and oils in the pantry before embarking on their Lenten fast, and what better way to use up those ingredients than pancakes?
The pancake has a very long history and featured in cookery books as far back as 1439. The tradition of tossing or flipping them is almost as old: “And every man and maide doe take their turne, And tosse their Pancakes up for feare they burne.” (Pasquil’s Palin, 1619).
The ingredients for pancakes can be seen to symbolize four points of significance at this time of year: Eggs ~ Creation; Flour ~ The staff of life; Salt ~ Wholesomeness; Milk ~ Purity
In keeping with the Shrove Tuesday tradition, our students will enjoy a decadent pancake feast, lovingly prepared by the faculty.