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Pancakes on a Tuesday

So Tuesday is a bit of an odd day of the week for eating in our house. It sits neatly between ‘I’m only eating carb free stuff Monday’ and ‘I’ve given into the bag of office Haribo Wednesday’. However, once a year good old pancake Tuesday rolls into town with its offerings of guilt free fluffy pancakes.

It’s not a greatly planned event in our home, but more blind panic when we realise we have an excuse for pancakes. Anna normally goes ice cream and banana, but I prefer a little lemon, sugar and cinnamon….erm, with some ice cream on the side. However, this year we wanted to make more of a meal of it. Forget those flimsy thin pancakes. We want thick old American ones dripping in maple syrup. Banoffee Pancakes seemed like a good shout, but hot toffee sauce just seems like we’re pushing the boat out a little for a Tuesday. So we’re going back to a recipe we found ages ago.

What you’ll need
240g plain flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda and another teaspoon of baking powder
1 tablespoon of sugar
1 large egg with a pinch of salt
500ml buttermilk or 500ml milk with two teaspoons of lemon juice if you can’t find any
2 tablespoons of melted butter
150g jumbo porridge oats
Rashers of streaky bacon. Personally I think if it’s not smoked it can’t be bacon
Fresh fruit and maple syrup to finish

Mix all you dry ingredients together in a bowl and separately whisk the egg and buttermilk. Then stir and combine the mixture together.  Allegra McEvady recommends making the batter the night before and keeping it in the fridge…it seems to make the pancakes a little bit more magic.

When you’re ready to get breakfast going, fold in the oats and melted butter. The trick is to do this with as little stirring as possible, it doesn’t matter if you have streaks of the melted butter left. Grease up a thick based frying pan or griddle if you want it to look fancy. A medium heat should do as you don’t want to burn them, but make sure the pan is hot.

Now each pancake should be about 4 tablespoons worth if you’re looking to be accurate. I found a soup ladle worked just as well. They’re ready to flip over when big bubbles start to appear on the top and around the edges, should be around 2-3 minutes. Then time for the flip, they’re fairly thick so be careful if you’re showboating and not using a spatula. Same amount of time for the other side or when they’re lovely and golden-brown. Serve straight away, with grilled crispy bacon, fresh fruit and a generous amount of maple syrup. Now that’s what I call a Tuesday night dinner!

Learning to swim…oh, and eating banana bread

Look I know I’m supposed the be the parent here, but in all likelihood, I’m really just seven years old on the inside. Give me a pool and I want to do nothing more than to dive-bomb in and create a splash large enough the engulf all the sun loungers. Not this time though. This time I’m the responsible parent taking Ellis for his first swim. Yep that’s right. Just ten short weeks after (very slowly) entering the world he’s ready for his first swim.

Now swimming with a 10-week old is a new experience on me. Plus judging by the look of the five other nervous blokes in the pool it wasn’t their first time. It all started well enough with a few small splashes, followed by a few gentle bounces. Easy right? Our confidence was brimming and there were even a few ‘we’ve got this handled’ nods across the pool between the Dads…but then, they moved the lesson up a level and introduced dunking the infants.

Now dunking your most prized procession under the watchful eye of his mother, is pretty much up there when it comes to high pressure moments. It goes like this…You quietly say his name, followed by ‘ready!’ and under the water he goes for a very brief second. Easy right? I’m father #3 and have to watch two other Dads pull it off, whilst I nervously bob up and down wondering how much baby wee is actually in this pool.

We’re up. I can see Dad #6 bobbing around nervously in the corner of my eye giving me new found confidence. “Ellis…..ready” and under he goes popping out of the water like a frog that’s been picked up by his back. This is simultaneously followed by whoops and cheers around the pool. We did it and he’s loving the water. We should celebrate right? Maybe some back slapping? A bit more whooping? Nope. The instructor likes to celebrate by getting all six Dads to sing twinkle twinkle little star. So off we bounce whilst murmuring the nursery rhyme out the corner of our mouths.

Around this time I simultaneously start to crave banana bread whilst singing along, feeling vaguely annoyed we don’t have any (mostly because I haven’t made it before) and pressingly, given the context of this blog, why I don’t have a go to banana bread recipe.  So here it is. My go to banana bread recipe.

Chocolate & Banana Loaf Recipe 
125g unsalted butter
250g caster sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla paste
2 tsp baking powder
4 very ripe mashed bananas
100g dark chocolate
50g walnut pieces

Mashed Banana

Banana Bread Mixture

Grease a 900g loaf tin and line with baking paper and pre-heat your oven to 180°C. With an electric mixer cream the butter and sugar, Add the vanilla extract and eggs until combined. Sift the flour and baking powder into mixture and continue to mix. Once combined, add the mashed bananas. Once it’s all combined break up the chocolate and stir in with the walnut pieces.

Pour into the lined loaf tin and level out with a spatula. Bake in the middle of the oven for 50 minutes, until a skewer comes out clean. Leave the cake in the tin to cool. Best eaten with a mug of tea after a long swim.

Banana Bread Recipe

Mexican Breakfast Eggs

I won’t lie. I generally feel that breakfast without some form of grain is nigh impossible. Cereal? Nope. Bagels, toast or porridge? All a big no. Growing up, our breakfast was a rotation of all of these, so it’s not like I have a deep love of all things wheat free. It’s just that I’m trying to discover a wheat free breakfast that’s still the ‘big fella’ meal of day, but doesn’t feel like I’m only consuming a glass of pulverised fruit.

This recipe is nothing new, but in my breakfast arsenal this is dish I’ve made the most that doesn’t deliver a furrowed brow. Freshly scrambled eggs with a spicy tomato salsa and crumble of feta cheese. These taco free huevos rancheros are  awesome on their own, but even more magic with a couple of rashers of bacon.

Paleo Breakfast

Mexican Breakfast Eggs
3 large free-range eggs
1 medium ripe tomato
3 slices of pickled jalapeños (normally in a jar)
tsp of butter (optional)
tsp of feta

Make a quick salsa by roughly chopping the tomato, coriander leaves and pickled jalapeños. Season and set aside.  Heat up a large frying pan with a couple of glugs of olive oil. While the pan is warming up whisk up three eggs in a bowl and pour into the pan with a teaspoon of butter. You want the eggs to be light and fluffy, so avoid scrambling and instead gently fold the eggs in from the sides. Rotate the pan as you go until you get a folded pile of fluffy eggs in the middle of the pan. Spoon the eggs onto a warm plate and sprinkle the salsa and feta over the top. Season and eat it right away.

Leftovers?

So what to do with all these leftovers? We’ve already done the best bit, where you go round with two slices of bread and fill them with only things you like. A cold bit of ham? Oh yes please. How about these leftover brussels? …..erm, no thanks they belong in the bin. I’ll have a slice of that blue cheese, as well as those stuffing balls, with a little mustard wedged between my two slices of bread please. Anna? Well her sandwich was more pickle and turkey based….not my bag.

Leftover Turkey Pie

The only thing is there are only so many sandwich challenges you can manage before those leftovers pass their reusable date. So what to do? Turkey curries are always popular, but I like a good pie. It’s a cracking last meal dish before you head off into a detox January of kale smoothies and portion controlling. Plus, if you’ve just about had enough of Christmas dinner a pie will freeze really well for a later date.

Leftover Turkey Chopped Leftovers

Turkey and Gammon Pie (feeds 4 people)
750g leftover turkey and ham
400ml chicken stock
1 sheet of pre-rolled puff pastry
1 egg
1 small red onion (diced)
150g button mushrooms (sliced)
2 teaspoons wholegrain mustard
1 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon crème fraîche
Salt, pepper and fresh thyme

Chop up all you leftover turkey and ham into pieces about 1cm thick. In a large pan gently fry the onions and mushrooms in olive oil, until they start to colour. Add the turkey and ham with the tablespoon of flour and stir to prevent it sticking. Once it starts to stick to the pan add a small amount of the stock and deglaze the pan. Then add the crème fraîche, remaining stock, fresh thyme and mustard. Stir well and bring the pan to a simmer. Season with salt and pepper to taste and take the pan off the heat.

Turkey Pie Filling

Roll out the pre-rolled pastry onto a floured surface and turn the oven onto  200°C/ 400°F. Flip your pie dish upside down onto the pastry and cut around the dish leaving an extra couple of centimeters. Crisscross the pastry to score it and if you have it in you use the remaining pastry to make some fancy decoration bits. Tip your pie filling into the dish and wet the edge of the dish with a little water to help the pastry stick. Place the pastry on top of the pie dish and crimp it down with a fork to hold in place. With a knife poke two little holes into the middle to let the steam out.

Quickly beat the egg and brush the eggy mix all over the pie pastry. Bake on the top shelf for about 20 minutes, or until it starts to go golden. Your oven is likely to be different so you might need a few minutes either way. Serve with mash, gravy and peas. On a side note, just like a puppy this recipe isn’t just for Christmas and works well for any leftover joint of meat.

Gawker Pie