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Wednesday, 6 February 2013

American Pancakes

After not feeling too perky after my birthday I was lying in bed thinking of what would make me feel better and I came up with pancakes. I knew I had maple syrup and I then found out that the rest of the ingredients I had in the house any way which was perfect! These are so easy and with Pancake Day coming up I would urge you to make them, I got this recipe from good old Jamie Oliver.

·        3 eggs (I like to use organic)
·        115g plain flour
·        1 heaped teaspoon baking powder
·        140mls of milk
·        a pinch of salt
·        A little melted butter

1.      Separate the eggs (put the whites into one bowl and the yolks into another) I find this easier to do with my hands but you can get little egg separator gadgets.
2.      Whisk the egg whites with a pinch of salt until they form stiff peaks (when you can hold the bowl upside down and they don’t fall out!), set aside.
3.      In the bowl with the egg yolks add in the flour, baking powder and milk. Whisk into a smooth thick batter.
4.      With a large metal spoon fold in the egg whites carefully into the batter mix slowly so they stay nice and fluffy.
5.      Put a pan on a medium heat and add in a little melted butter (you can use a little oil as well to make sure that the butter dose not burn) so the pancakes do not stick.
6.      Spoon some of the batter into the pan depending on what size you like your pancakes. At this stage you can add in some blueberries, chopped banana or what ever you like!
7.      Using a spatula after a minute check and see if the underside is golden and if so flip over until both sides are golden brown.
8.      Serve with a little butter and maple syrup. I had chopped bacon with mine which was really lovely.

You can try anything you like with these so experiment! My partners mother evan serves pancakes with a fried breakfast which is lovely.

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Celeriac and Potato Gratin

This is a new recipe I tried, my mum gave me a celeriac and I wanted to cook it along side a roast dinner. This is a great, quick and simple recipe which you can serve with anything. 

Serves 4 people


  • Peeled medium celeriac
  • 4 peeled potatoes
  • 3 cloves of sliced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon chilli flakes or a chopped fresh chilli
  • chopped fresh rosemary (a few sprigs)
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 300ml double cream
  • 300ml milk
  • Salt and Pepper

  1. Slice the potato and celeriac into slices as thick as a 10 pence and place in a bowl.
  2. To the bowl add in the garlic, chilli and rosemary. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Mix the milk and cream together in a jug and set aside.
  4. Layer in the celeriac and potato mix into an oven proof dish, followed by the milk and cream and carry on until the dish is filled.
  5. Cook for 45 mins until golden and serve!