Pancakes Sooth the Soul, Pandemic or Not

The masks are starting to come off, travel is opening up again, and remote workers are deciding whether to return to the office.

At the beginning of the pandemic, there was a lot of breadmaking. Netflix, sourdough, and Zoom were the watchwords for most of 2020.

Pancakes have been a part of people’s diets since recorded history. Street vendors in ancient Rome would sell Alita Dolcia (translated:

A Fluffy Morsel of History

another sweet) to passing Senators and businessmen in the city, often drizzled with a little honey.

The shape of the pancake is said to represent the sun and the start of spring. It seems every nationality has their take on pancakes, although the strangest is probably veriohukainen or blodplättar pancakes in Scandinavia – where pigs’ blood is mixed into the batter.

Most everyone is familiar with the Mardi Gras celebration, getting all the fun stuff out of the way before Lent starts on Ash Wednesday.

Milk and Honey

The ancient Catholic tradition of Lent, a time of sacrifice, began in the fourth century. While the French did their Fat Tuesday, in other parts of mediaeval Europe, that “holiday” is known as Pancake Tuesday.