Today is a big day in Ireland as thousands of families sit down for dinner tonight to eat...wait for it.... PANCAKES! It is a tradition that goes back ages and is actually called Shrove Tuesday and is celebrated the day before Ash Wednesday. Here is a great website that gives you all the history if you want to check it out http://www.irishcultureandcustoms.com/acalend/shrovetues.html
For the last week or so, every market has had a pancake display, complete with Betty Crocker Shake 'n' Make Pancake mixes. And get this, you can choose between "Crepe Style" or "American Style". I of course am going to go for the American Style, but unfortunately Mrs. Butterworth will not be making a cameo. *tear* There is only one brand of syrup here and it is definitely not Mrs. B. But, the Irish do like to add other fun toppings, like lemon and sugar, nutella, strawberry jam, etc. I'm thinking Bailey's Irish Cream flavoured whip cream might be nice, since I am in Ireland :)
So happy Pancake Tuesday to all my Irish folks! And to my Americans, why don't you embrace the holiday and whip up a short stack of flap jacks for din din tonight!!!