Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Lovely TASTY things....

It's Pancake Day! Hooray! 

In keeping with the age-old tradition, we had pancakes for tea tonight. And in keeping with my own tradition, I wonder - yet again - why we don't have pancakes more often!?!

I always use this recipe from the Dairy Diary Cookery Book published way back when... I don't know when! Late 80's perhaps? This is my 'go-to' book for all traditional recipes. My mum gave me a copy when I went away to university - although using it was challenging since my accommodation during that first year away only had a toaster and a microwave! But that's another story....

So today, I attempted to make a stack of pancakes, and as always they were gobbled up as soon as they left the pan! In fact I had to demand that 2 were saved for me!

On a need-to-know basis, I need to know what your favourite pancake topping is? Do tell! 

I don't think you can beat lemon juice and granulated sugar for the best tradition of all time. I did throw in a banana this year (with chocolate spread and squirt cream, it's true; but hey, there was fruit in there!!), but that's living a little crazy in my opinion.

I remember one year when I was about 7 or 8, my mum decided - in a vague attempt to be healthy - that we should have sweet AND savoury pancakes. Bleurgh! I DO NOT recommend tuna and sweetcorn pancakes. Thankfully, she didn't do that again!!!

And of course we took the 'how many times can you flip the pancake challenge'. 

The cat is not amused...

My eldest reached 20 before the pancake went splat on the floor. The littlest managed a brilliant one-handed effort.

All of this to use up the eggs and fat before Lent begins tomorrow. Do you give anything up for Lent? I'm not going to this year. Instead I'm going to try to drink 2 litres of water each day. I barely drink any (unless it's caffeinated), so I'm hoping this will change my habit for the better.

Monday, 29 October 2018

Bang Bang Yum Yum

As I'm sure you will have realised by now, I love the summer, especially the sunshine and the long glorious days. The year is moving swiftly on and whilst the sun is still shining, it has suddenly turned bitterly cold. Not really surprising as it IS the end of October, but still...

In an attempt to keep the summer going a little bit longer, we made one of our new favourite salads for lunch. It’s such a hit with everyone in our family that I thought I’d share it with you. 

Even the name makes us smile .... here is our version of Bang Bang Chicken.

To make Bang Bang Chicken for 6 people you will need

2 Romaine Lettuce (or you could use Cos or Little Gem Lettuces)

2 Carrots (peeled and sliced into thin matchsticks)
½ Cucumber (also sliced into thin matchsticks)
4 tbsp Rice Vinegar
2½ tbsp Granulated Sugar
Pinch of Salt

Cooked Chicken (we used 6 chicken breasts, but you could also roast a chicken)

For the sauce you will need

140g Smooth Peanut Butter
1 tbsp Sweet Chilli Sauce
2½ tbsp Toasted Sesame Oil
3 tbsp Vegetable Oil
½ tbsp Soy Sauce

What to do to make Bang Bang Chicken

First, put the carrots and cucumbers in a bowl and mix together. 

Make a syrup by heating the sugar, a pinch of salt and the rice vinegar in a saucepan. Dissolve the sugar and then simmer for 1-2 minutes until it becomes syrupy. 

Pour the hot syrup over the vegetables. Put to one side, stirring occasionally.

Secondly, make the sauce. Place the peanut butter, sweet chilli sauce, toasted sesame oil, vegetable oil and soy sauce in a bowl. Place this over a pan of simmering water so that the ingredients melt to form the sauce. Otherwise the peanut butter is a bit claggy and difficult to mix!

Next, shred the cooked chicken. 

Cut the lettuce into strips. Heap onto a platter.

Using a slotted spoon, take the carrots and cucumber from the vinegar mix. Place on top of the lettuce.

Grab a big handful of the chicken and put it on top of the carrots & cucumber. Pour some sauce over this pile, then add the rest of the chicken. Add some more sauce. 

Being a gravy-loving family we like to have a jug of sauce on the side! You never know when you might need a top-up! 

Place in the middle of the dining table and be prepared for the oohs and aahs...Enjoy!

And, as you can see, there wasn't much left. Pity, I was hoping to have some for lunch tomorrow!

(You can download a printable copy of the recipe by clicking HERE)

Happy Autumn to you all! x