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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RESOLUTIONS: Experimenting in the… KITCHEN!

Five days into the new year I already have my New Years Resolutions penned, although not wholeheartedly practising them. Especially the not eating McDonald’s one, since I succumbed to a double cheeseburger last night out of sheer boredom. One resolution that didn’t come to mind until getting belittled by a colleague for eating a M&S microwavable pasta meal at lunch was that I should invest more time in conjuring up delectable dishes.

I have always loved food, as you do, and cooking; and I have often boasted of my Michelin star culinary skills. But still there was certainly a lack of  meals cooked in 2010 that didn’t include penne, pesto and sausages. Then, I offered my services to help cook christmas dinner and the outcome proved to have re-lit the flame that extinguished, whilst spending time in the kitchen and pouring love into my meals; the love being the melted butter poured over the potatoes before roasting.

This is not to provoke the notion that I am planning to become a Stepford housewife, but instead the image of me escalating towards being that Michelin star chef and being selfless by letting others enjoy the fruits of my labour. So what better way to start with than one of my favourite breakfast treats that Ikea first introduced to me, and that I devoured whilst retreating to Sweden. Cinnamon rolls. Hot or Cold, for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner, you can’t go wrong with Cinnamon rolls. So I’m planning on attempting my own at some point this week, and I shall get back to you with the results, good or bad! In the meantime if you want to join in here’s a how to video!

Lastly, don’t forget to team it with porridge and a cold glass of Mango juice, of course!

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