In most traditions the day is known for the eating of pancakes before the start of Lent. Pancakes are eaten as they are made out of the main foods available, sugar, fat, flour and eggs, whose consumption was traditionally restricted during the ritual fasting associated with Lent. (taken from Wikipedia)
I had never heard of Pancake Day until coming to England. I think the States need to adapt this tradition. Who wouldn't love a day of Pancakes?!?!
I cheated this year and bought some from Marks & Spencers. Four pancakes for 1.49. (maybe a little spendy, but they were good!!) I chose American style pancakes one with chocolate chips with chocolate sauce and the other plain with butterscotch sauce.
If you want an awesome from scratch recipe check out my guest post on The Ex-Pat Bride!! Mr. Knightley and I had chocolate chip pancakes for dinner on our wedding night and when Sarah was on her honeymoon I guest posted our story. I love how food and memories go hand in hand!
All you do is put the pancakes on a microwaveable plate and microwave them for 1 minute 30 seconds. Then place the chocolate sauce in a bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. They will be very hot, but don't wait too long otherwise they will go cool!! Then enjoy!!