Why do many Christians eat pancakes on Shrove Tuesday?
The tradition has to do with using up rich ingredients, such as milk and butter, before Ash Wednesday, the traditional beginning of the Lent fasting period that leads up to Easter.
While the tradition may have started with religious significance, in countries including Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom the day is celebrated by the secular community as Pancake Day, simply a day to enjoy pancakes.
In the United States, especially in the South, the day is known as Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras, and feasting includes pancakes alongside other rich foods and decadent festivities.
Whether you are about to give up sweets for Lent, or you just want an excuse to eat pancakes, here are 13 recipes from around the world to try out this Shrove Tuesday - or anytime you feel like a pancake.
This popular Korean dish is a savoury pancake packing a lot of punch from the spicy kimchi.
These Malaysian pancakes get their bright green colour from pandan leaves and sit somewhere in-between sweet and savoury.
Sweet and sour come together in these light and fluffy cheese pancakes which traditionally made from quark, a fresh cow’s milk cheese.
Cottage cheese is a close substitute and much more readily available in Australia, just don't forget the sour cream topping and jam or apple sauce.
Think of these little Lebanese pancakes as sweet soft tacos, filled with cream - delicious!
Pancakes and bacon are a popular choice in North America, but the addition of blueberries in this recipe can help you convince yourself they are healthy.
These are topped with the quintessential Canadian topping- maple syrup, of course!
This enormous, soft, sugary pancake is usually cut up and served to share, but if you really want to feast you can eat the whole thing yourself.
Stringing nettles have to be picked and handled with gloves or tongs, otherwise, they will give you a nasty rash. But once they're boiled, they're completely harmless and similar to spinach in texture.
These multiculturally-inspired pancakes draw on Indian and Sri Lankan flavours, all tied together with Australian-grown macadamias.
With mangos in season around Shrove Tuesday, it's a perfect time to cook with this tropical fruit.
Kiwis are said to have invented the pikelet (miniature pancakes often served cold for morning teas, and a primary school lunch box staple in Australia in New Zealand).
This recipe combines this iconic Kiwi creation with the iconic Kiwi fruit for a sweet treat that is perfect for sharing.
The French are the undisputed crepe champions, perfecting the art of these super-thin pancakes that can be served sweet or savoury.
While many creperies use Nutella for a shortcut, you can make your own chocolate sauce for an authentic take on sweet crepes.
These ancient Berber pancakes are a popular snack and breakfast food in Algeria and also Morocco and you'll want to top this sweet stack with double the honey - butter and comb are a calling!
Traditionally filled with azuki (red bean paste), these little pancake sandwiches (dorayaki) are a superb treat especially with a cup of tea. Across Japan, regions have developed their own variations of dorayaki, and increasingly modern tastes have resulted in fillings made with green tea, sesame, chocolate and cinnamon. So get filling... then eating!
13. Thailand - charcoal & cheese
Cheesy charcoal lava pancakes, sounds like a mouthful and they can be, as these bites can be popped like a chip, so how many could you fit into your mouth? While they might look a little tricky to tackle, don't be shy from trying to cheese your centre - it's all about the ooze.
So stuff your pancake (and yourselves) with a cheesy sensation (or five).
Bonus - Pancake art
Just when you thought the odds were stacked against them, Harley Quinn & The Joker batter up to create delicious magic. With over 3.5 million YouTube views they really are works of art and are almost too clever to eat... but not too clever to watch over and over again!
If you need even more pancake inspiration why not check out our collection here.