Sunday, 8 November 2015

Banana Pancakes

I was surprised to receive a few emails asking me for this recipe after I posted about my toddler having them for breakfast :-) on the first day of school.

I am NOT a good cook but here’s the recipe. It’s a really easy one from my Mum’s cookbook – I could even make them for school when I was 10 years old! 

Serves 2 Prep time: 20 minutes

1-2 ripe bananas
4 oz plain white flour
1 egg
1/2 pint milk (about 1/2 a Coke can if you don’t have a measuring cup)
1/4 tsp salt  

1. Using a fork, mash banana in a small bowl.

2. In a larger bowl, sift the flour and salt together. Make a hole in the middle of the flour and break the egg in (it’s always wise to break the egg in another bowl in case you get a rotten one!).

3. Gradually pour in the milk as you use a whisk to stir the mixture. Set aside for 5-10 minutes. Somehow, I find the pancakes smoother when I do this.

4. Drizzle a bit of oil onto a saucepan / skillet and pour a ladle of mixture when the oil is hot. Do not spread the mixture.

5. When bubbles become holes and you notice a hardening of the sides, gently turn the pancake over. As the other side takes a shorter time to cook, you can lift them onto a serving plate for your little tot!
*For added protein, I sometimes chop some walnuts and sprinkle them onto the pancake in Step 5.

We all love the extra crunch I love my pancakes with maple syrup but as I don’t want to encourage a sweet tooth yet, we enjoy them plain…no problems for my fussy eater LOL

Let me know how the pancakes turn out for you ok?

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Rick Stein's India - Recipes from My Indian Odyssey

The kids and I have been watching quite a few cooking and travel shows e.g. an Italian cooking show where the kids learned how to eat olive oil with bread LOL

When that ended, I had to switch channels because the next one was Weird Foods or something equally scary and we got Rick Stein's India.

The sights and sounds of busy streets on India caught the children's attention and we watched this middle-aged British bloke trying out streets foods and hole-in-the-wall restaurants.

Although I think of diarrhea when I think of India, I can't help but feel hungry as Rick wolfs down a mouth-watering wrap, yum yum. 

I was especially tickled when I see him teach us how to cook curry at the end of the show!

I've seen Kylie Kwong's Chinese cooking show, Jamie Oliver's and Nigella's too, which are stellar in their own right but a white guy teaching you how to cook Indian curry?

That's different and I like it. And if I can't go to India, I'd love to learn how to cook a real Indian curry!

Yup, Rick Stein's India: In Search of the Perfect Curry: Recipes from My Indian Odyssey is definitely something I'd appreciate for Christmas.