Today is Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Tuesday - choose the nomenclature that one wishes. In historically appropriate fashion, Catholic participants will enjoy a day of fun and unbridled merriment before the beginning of Lent. Protestants have scaled this practice down drastically. They go in for the consumption of pancakes, an activity that very conveniently coincides with an early breakfast and, presumably, will not impinge on the all-consuming imperative: WORK. Perhaps Max Weber discussed this concept and the practice of the day in his landmark book The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism? Might a knowledgeable reader enlighten me?
The food editors at The Guardian have rounded up some cookery experts to discuss the perfect pancake.
Read more reflections on history, idleness, and the art of living from the Idle Historian in To The Idler The Spoils