Happy Eating Pancakes on International Womens Day…

Today was a good day. It was a day that I can celebrate womankind, despite our flaws. And I did so by ramming my mouth full of pancakes. What a happy coincidence 🙂

It being International Womens Day made me think of all the inspiring women in my life and the world around me. Although there are women out there who make it their mission to ensure that no other is as successful as them, there continues to be many who wish women to rise up and not be second class citizens.

Some of the women that inspire me are:

Rachel from Glee

So driven, so odd, so weird, super talented… which bares a slightly worrying similarity to myself.  Although Rachel is a fictitious character, there is truth in that she represents a woman in need of exhibiting her talents. She is a woman on a mission that cannot be stopped. Not even by her boyfriend Huckleberry Corny McFinn.

Tyra Banks

Smizing is her trademark, as well as being fierce. Miss tyra didn’t stop at modelling, she used it to create an avenue to make a name for herself on ANTM and eventually The Tyra Banks Show. And who says pretty girls are dumb!

The Gal Dem!

My friends inspire me. They are Super talented and not waste girls on road. Yes they can be daft and crazy, but they make life a very fun rollercoaster ride. But above all they don’t take shit from guys. That in itself is the key to a successful woman.

My Mummy

She is so strong, passionate and a bit crazy. Yes that is where I got that trait from. She never gives up even through adversity. This is what I love about her. Okay enough of that soppy malarkey.

There are many more inspirational women out there. Actually the list is too long to blog, which is great! I just hope that even in the smallest way I have inspired another woman to be a better form of herself.

 

Mmmm… Pancake Day

To really honour this day I feel it would be appropriate to devour Pancakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner… oh and not forgetting dessert. Or is that too greedy? I say we just go with it, besides it only comes around once a year.

As much as pancake mix from the bottle, topped with lemon and sugar is a treat, there are many other equally if not better recipes out there. In fact, whilst staying at my friend Lorraine’s aunt’s house during a trip to Sweden, I was introduced to a unexpectedly scrumptious pancake with bacon mixed-in and strawberry jam spread on top. Horrified by the potentially disastrous combination of ingredients I was willing to give it a go. Before I knew it one bite became three plates licked clean to the sparkle. So I am on a bit of a mission to bring this savoury/sweet take on the Pancake to my house and yours.

Luckily I have had the chance to lie-in on a few Saturdays recently and the TV happened to be on Saturday Kitchen. Being too lazy to switch the channel I become a fan of the programme, mostly because of guests like Larry Lamb and Gok Wan bringing a bit of personality to the show. Well I have here a James Martin Pancake recipe quite similar to Lorraine’s aunt’s bacon and strawberry jam pancakes. Ok there is no strawberry jam in James Martin’s American-style pancakes, but nonetheless it encompasses the sweet/ savoury element that I enjoyed thoroughly.

Now guys let’s get our frying pans out and get tossing.

American-style pancakes with bacon and maple syrup

Ingredients

Preparation method

  1. Place the flour, baking powder and caster sugar into a bowl and stir to combine.
  2. Add the egg yolks and milk to the bowl with the dry ingredients and whisk to make a smooth batter.
  3. In a separate clean bowl, whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form when the whisk is removed, then fold into the batter.
    Whipping cream by hand
  4. Heat a large frying pan until hot, add the butter and heat until melted and foaming. Place ladlefuls of the batter into the pan and cook for 1-2 minutes, or until bubbles start to form on top of the batter. Turn the pancakes over using a spatula and cook for a further minute on the other side. Remove from the pan and keep warm until ready to serve. Repeat the process with the remaining batter.
  5. Meanwhile, heat a frying pan until hot, add the bacon and cook for two minutes on each side, or until crisp. Remove from the pan and drain on kitchen paper.
  6. To serve, divide the pancakes among four serving plates, top with the bacon and drizzle with maple syrup.

    Recipe and Images courtesy of the BBC

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