DAY TO SAVOUR

Landscape (UK) - - In The Kitchen -

Col­lop Mon­day is a day of feast­ing, tak­ing place the day be­fore Shrove Tues­day, but now much less well known and rarely ob­served. This year, it falls on Mon­day 4 March. The hol­i­day most likely has its ori­gins in me­dieval Eng­land and was tra­di­tion­ally the last day on which meat would be cooked and eaten be­fore the Len­ten fast. As the day oc­curred to­wards the end of win­ter, the cuts of meat were usu­ally smoked or salted, and although the def­i­ni­tion of the word is ‘slice of meat’, in Eng­land it came to be syn­ony­mous with ba­con. This would usu­ally be served fried with eggs in the morning, with the fat from the rash­ers used to make pan­cakes the fol­low­ing day.

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