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Why the first Sunday in February
the years, I have come across numerous
National food day celebrations, most of which appear to originate in the USA.
Americans seem to have a high regard for their favourite or traditional foods
which they simply translate into celebratory days, and far from being
nationalistic, these are merely opportunities taken to highlight much-loved foods or dishes, often in a fun and light-hearted way.
I decided it
was about time us British did likewise and in the same tone, so designated
February 2008 to mark the launch of British Yorkshire Pudding Day.
me, Yorkshire Pudding is one of the most iconic of British dishes, famous not only in
the UK but also abroad. It is a treasured dish which most Britons
(and many visitors to our country) will have eaten at least once, and many
who live in the
UK consume it on a regular basis - once or twice a month, frequently
It is also a recipe which has stood the test of time, with its
present form boasting a history dating back to the 1700s and its
predecessor, Batter Pudding, having been eaten perhaps centuries before
that throughout Great Britain. In fact, it's probably safe to say that
as long as meat has been spit roasted, some form of Yorkshire Pudding has been
made, though no-one really knows when it was first eaten.
importantly, it is a recipe of the people - no matter what their background or where they
live, millions have enjoyed it, so what better British dish to honour than
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Why the 1st Sunday in February
idea was fully formulated some months before, in order to give everyone enough time to
identify with the concept and 'get on board', I decided to delay the actual day.
February seemed a good month, not only because the weather, being rather chilly
in the UK, is conducive to eating comfort food, but it's also long enough
after Christmas that everyone will have forgotten any feelings of guilt they
may have been harbouring for having over indulged.
Roast Dinners are probably still the most popular time when people make and eat
Yorkshires, it seemed logical that British Yorkshire Pudding Day should be on a Sunday .
. . . but which Sunday?
At the time of its inception, many Britons still follow the tradition of
adhering to Lent, a 40 day period of abstention from eating certain
foods, starting in February and ending at Easter. Although today those who
observe Lent often just give up something they like, such as chocolate,
traditionally the eating of rich foods was prohibited during this period, so
people would make pancakes on Shrove Tuesday to use up any eggs, milk and fats
they may have.