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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

I'll be back soon . . . . . . hopefully

Apologies for being AWOL from my blog recently.

I've had a sinus and eye infection for 3 weeks.  The rest of the family have also had a cold virus that has been hard to shift and my usual cheerful, smiley and jovial bubs is teething. This means disturbed sleep, a very unhappy bubs and a very tired me.  Hubby has also gone back to work, which is great news but he's really tired getting back into the swing of things.

Poor bubs has been so grumpy and clingy with teething and his cold.  I can't leave him to grizzle, it breaks my heart. I do like all of the extra cuddles despite getting slightly panicked about not being able to do much else other than feed and cuddle bubs and keep the house ticking over.  He also had his immunisations once his cold was almost better which meant he's got another temperature and is once again very cling.

I have a backlog of recipes and other posts to publish when I can get some time to sort them out.  Quite a few are half written in a few minutes snatched here and there when bubs is sleeping.  Hopefully bubs will be his happy self again soon and all the other ills of the house will disappear so I can get my blog back on track.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Pancake Day - Savoury and Sweet Treats

I am so glad that Pancake Day falls in the Half Term holidays for us this year.  Making them on a normal morning whilst trying to get everyone organised and ready for school can be very challenging indeed.  We're having a relaxed breakfast this morning.  I've make Scotch Pancakes aka Pikelets and laid out a variety of toppings so my family can create their own custom pancakes.

Scotch Pancakes aka Pikelets

This is my Nan's recipe for Pikelets that I grew up with. Sometimes I add some grated apple and a little cinnamon or some mashed banana for a change. My kids love them as a school holiday treat or occasional after school snack. They're really easy to make and ridiculously cheap too when you're feeding a crowd.

150g plain flour 

1 tsp baking powder 

2 Tblsp sugar 

1 large free range egg 

120ml milk 

1 Tblsp melted butter 

Put a large frying pan over a moderate heat and melt a little butter in to grease the pan.  Sift flour into a mixing bowl and add sugar. Mix together egg and milk and mix into dry ingredients. Add melted butter. Add 2 tablespoons of mixture to the heated greased pan. Cook for approximately 2 minutes on medium heat, until bubbles appear on the surface of the pikelet. Turn over pikelet and cook until other side is golden.

Quick and Easy Crepes

For savoury crepes leave out the sugar.  You can treat crepes like tortillas and fill them with savoury fillings for a fab lunch or light dinner option.  For a sweet treat we normally have lemon juice and a sprinkling of sugar or grate some chocolate over the crepes.  

Makes 8 - 10 crepes

150g flour 
2 free range eggs 
20g melted butter
20g sugar 
300ml milk 
30g dark chocolate 
Melted butter to grease the pan

Put the flour and sugar into a bowl, stir to mix. Make a well in the centre. Use a whisk to mix together 2 eggs, 300ml milk and 20g melted butter together.

Pour the milk mixture into the flour and sugar then whilsk, gradually mixing in the flour until you have a smooth and well combined mixture. Cover and leave to chill in the fridge for half an hour. 

Heat an 18-20cm frying pan over a medium heat. Lightly grease with a little butter. Pour 60ml crepe batter into the middle of the pan then swirl the pan around so the mixture spreads out and coats the base of the pan. Cook for 2 - 3 minutes or until the crepe turns golden and the edges look cooked. Carefully turn the crepe over and cook for a further 30 - 60 seconds. Transfer to a plate and repeat until all the batter has been used.

Here's some more inspiration from my fellow Food Bloggers:

Pancake Day recipes from Fab Food for All
Chocolate Chip & Raisin Scotch Pancakes from Tinned Tomatoes
Bacon Pancakes from Kavey Eats
Pancake Pizzas or Green Pancakes & Ham from Fuss Free Flavours
or head over to Jen’s Food for 14 Fabulous Pancake Recipes