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Pancake Day Recipes

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Foodie, Product Reviews | Posted on 05-02-2013

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With a week to go until Pancake Day you may well have started thinking about what sort of pancakes you’re going to make. I know a lot of people I follow on Twitter use Pancake Day as an excuse to eat pancakes at every meal – and good on you if you do – but in our house we usually tend to just have them as dessert in the evening, though I may be open to persuasion.

Fresh ingredients are key to a good pancake – I don’t just fancy the bottles of ready mixed batter personally! – but you also need a good frying pan and a good turner. When I cook pancakes I use a good flexible silicone turner, generally as thin as I can to ensure I don’t leave half the pancake in the pan. I’ve never been brave enough to try tossing them – I fear for the floor! I like the look of this one from from Oxo – nice thin edges with a big surface area.

Your frying pan should ideally be non-stick to avoid any disasters. This Pancake Pan from Typhoon is perfect. Its 28 cm diameter gives you plenty of space to create nice big pancakes, and because its made from carbon steel the heat spreads evenly so it cooks quickly. It can be used on all cooker tops and can even be put in the oven if you use it for frying anything else. The pan and handle are one piece of metal so you need to use a handle holder or wear oven gloves when you’re handling it. The oven gloves which are actually gloves are ideal for this as they give you good grips and excellent control.

So you’ve got your kit and you’ve made a stack of pancakes – how are going to fill them? Well these are my two favourite recipes from Philadelphia – one savoury and one sweet – which you should try out on Pancake Day next week. Enjoy!

Vegetable Pancakes

Ingredients
350g mixed vegetables like baby corn, baby carrots and mange toute.
150g Philadelphia Light with Chives
3tbsp semi-skimmed milk
Black pepper
Mixed Salad to serve

 

 

Instructions

Cut the vegetables into bite-sized pieces and steam or microwave for about 5-8 minutes until tender.

Heat the Philadelphia with the milk – don’t let it boil – and then mix with the vegetables and pepper.

Fill each pancake with the mixture and serve with a salad.

Alternative: Add pieces of cooked chicken from your Sunday roast to the Philadelphia when you’re warming it.

 

Choccy Philly Strawberry Pancakes

How delicious does that look?
Simply spread Philadelphia with Cadbury onto each warm pancake and decorate with slices of fresh strawberries. If you’re feeling really decadent – and I hugely suggest you do – you could also add a dribble of cream to this too. I think this recipe is going to prove VERY popular in my house next week, especially with Little Man who loves chocolate and strawberries.

 

 

 

Have a great Pancake Day!

Family Fun at Millets Farm Centre, Oxfordshire!

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information | Posted on 24-08-2011

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As the summer (or the British version of it anyway!) draws to a close you might be looking for inspiration for one last family day out before the children head back to school.  Earlier this month I was lucky enough to attend a bloggers event at Millets Farm in Oxfordshire and I think it’s a must visit.
The new maize maze has an ‘Alice In Wonderland’ theme to it that can be best appreciated visually from the sky:
Cool huh?
We ventured around the smallest of the three mazes that make up that design.  Whilst wandering around we had to find five paint pots and dip each of out fingers in there in whatever order we wanted.  Upon exiting the maze we discovered our fortune by comparing out colourful fingers to a chart on the wall.  Apparently I’m very honest – but you all knew that already right?
After that we took a short detour to the merry-go-round – my Mother In Law is a bit of a fan – we headed over to the Pick Your Own.  We’d kindly been given vouchers for strawberries and with these being my Little Man’s favourite fruit it seemed foolish to pass up the chance.  The PYO area is huge and the fruit delicious.  All conveniently grown at a height which means you don’t have to scramble around on the ground we left we three rather full punnets… and Little Man might have helped himself to a couple off the plants!
There is also a farm shop and a garden centre to look around, a small farm zoo and a wood.  Picnic facilities are available throughout and there are also restaurants – which do mighty fine butterfly cakes!
If you’re ever in the area I highly recommend a trip – just make sure you take a flag around with you if you do the bigger mazes.  You could be in there for days otherwise!!
Find out more at the Millets Farm website.

Product Review: Persil Small & Mighty

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information, Product Reviews | Posted on 24-08-2011

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As wonderful as it is to have children they do come with a few less than wonderful features.  My least favourite part of parenthood is the seemingly endless mountains of washing they create.  From the earliest days of explosive nappies and regurgitating milk, to the weaning period where puree seems to end up everywhere, till they start toddling around and getting in to all manner of dirt, the washing never ends.  
Now I’ve tried lots of different brands of washing powders and liquids to try and get rid of these stains but so many of them just seem to be unbeatable.  I’ve tried several of the settings on my washing machine from the short intense washes to the long hot washes.  Bibs covered in food and juice go in to the machine and at the end of a cycle out comes a bib stained beyond repair.  I was beginning to think that this was just the way it was, but thankfully I’ve discovered that you can get these stubborn stains out – even out of long given up on casualties of the baby food chaos.  And what’s better it even works at 30 degrees!
Persil Small & Mighty to the rescue!
“New Small & Mighty is the most powerful liquid detergent from Persil to date so only needs one small dosage – measured simply in the shuttle device – to deliver mighty cleaning power, proven on a 30 minute wash cycle.  The unique concentrated liquid formulation contains five new ingredients specially designed to work even on the quicker and cooler wash programmes of your machine, to tackle the toughest stains and deliver thorough cleaning.”  And it really does work.
Now I could have taken before and after photos of my Little Man’s most disgusting bibs but I didn’t want to scare anyone who isn't weaning yet!  The other day whilst visiting his Grandma and Grandad my Little Man enjoyed a mid-morning snack of fresh strawberries.  A full body bib was called for and by the time he’d finished most was in him, but lumps of strawberry and juice was all over his bib.  The bib was put in a small carrier bag to transport it home and then sadly – and rather embarrassingly – forgotten about for a few days!  With a degree of cynicism and expectations for further washes or even throwing out the bib I threw it in with a load of other bibs and muslins and turned on the washing machine.  When it finished I set about hanging the wash up to dry but kept my eyes open for the no doubt terminal bib.  Nowhere to be seen!  Every bib came out beautifully clean and strawberry free.
Thank you Persil for making one parenting task that little bit easier!