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Pancakes Galore!

Today is Shrove Tuesday or PANCAKE DAY!

This has always been one of my [many] favourite days of the year as I just freaking LOVE pancakes! I mean who wouldn’t? It’s made even more special by the fact that as a child this would be the only day we would ever eat these battery disks of deliciousness.  Although now i’m older I can make them when ever i happen to have some batter ‘left over’ from yorkshire puddings or just some eggs that ‘need using up’. That doesn’t stop me loving pancake day though, now it has become an all day pancake feast sort of day.

My housemate obviously agrees as I walked into the kitchen to be greeted by this monstrous pan of mixture.

He’s decided to make American pancakes, which i have never tried in all honesty and don’t see how they could be superior to the english versions which are oh-so-delicious, but they look pretty darn good! He’s used a Nigella recipe so it must be tasty! This one to be exact.

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*Update* Tried them. They are delicious, actually like cake! Far too filling for me though. I think I do prefer the english pancakes and so will be making some of those later. However I will be having more american ones too. It would be silly not to 😛 

So to celebrate this day of heavenly greasy-ness here are a few ideas for your very own pancake combinations!

 Ham & Cheese
Who said pancakes have to be sweet? It is, after all, the same mixture used for yorkshire puddings. One of my housemates turned his nose up at the idea of this but seriously don’t knock it ’till you try it! Gooey cheese, succulent ham wrapped in a warm pancake, it’s like a more delicious version of a sandwich. Of course you can use any sort of cheese, even creme cheese works great in this combination.
Bacon and Brie
Bacon and Brie are just a magic combination, ’nuff said. In a pancake it’s even more so.
Sugar and Lemon
The Classic pancake flavour. Tangy and sweet, it really tantalises the taste buds and is one of my favourites!
Golden/Maple Syrup
Everyone knows pancakes were just made for syrup. I can never decide which syrup I prefer, golden and maple are both delicious. You can always do the american thing of throwing bacon on there too but I personally don’t like it (the salty sweetness makes me feel a bit ill). Simple syrup is the way forward to me!
Fruity
Grab some fruit, any fruit, and just throw it in there, maybe a little syrup or chocolate over the top. Boom. Simple, delicious and you can pretend you’re being sorta healthy. I personally have some bananas and blueberries ready to go in one of mine!

Picasso likes shrimp in his pancakes

There are so many ways you can eat your pancakes so why not just experiment? Have a look through your cupboard for any interesting food combinations and throw them in there.
What is your favourite pancake topping?
Claire x

Nutty Christmas Stuffing

One of my housemates is going home to his parents house soon for the Christmas period and so we decided to have a little christmas meal of our own. I was in charge of food and decided to make it a real feast. We decided to go for turkey with all the trimmings and also bought a joint of Pork for Ash who isn’t that keen on Turkey. Our other housemate, Jack, is vegetarian and so had his own little ‘meat’ roast to put in. Jack also ended up roasting all the vegetables and making mashed potatoes and swede. Yum! I made the Yorkshire puddings, Gravy and decided to make some stuffing from scratch too!

I’ve made stuffing before, a traditional sausage, sage and onion, but needed to cater for Jack and so looked around for a vegetarian stuffing recipe. Unfortunately I couldn’t find one that I really fancied and so decided to create my own concoction to bring some festive cheer to our meal! I ended up with a delicious (and yes it really was tasty!) mushroom, walnut, cranberry and apple stuffing and thought it was so tasty that I just HAD to share my recipe.

And yes it was given the thumbs up by Jack.

So here’s how you can make your own, Vegetarian approved, stuffing this Christmas:

You will need…

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For the seasoning I just used Sage, but you can obviously season to your tastes. I also used chestnut mushrooms to add a nutty, mushroomy flavour and walnuts to add a creamy, nutty flavour. Apples are there to add a hint a sweetness and I also thought they would go quite well with Ashleys pork. I bought a loaf of Tiger Bread because it is delicious, but any bread will do. Slightly stale bread would be best as you are just using it to make breadcrumbs. Cranberries are christmassy and I felt that it wouldn’t be a christmas stuffing without!

I’ve not given you many measurements because I don’t really measure, i prefer to just do what I think looks right for me,  you can add the amounts to suit your tastes too.

First off you need to grab a blender, or a ‘whizzy stick’ as I have, to make bread crumbs. Just throw the bread in there and blend away.

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Next chop up your celery and half an apple into chunks. Do what you want with the other half apple. I ate mine, It was delicious. 😉

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Throw the breadcrumbs, celery, apple and cranberries into a bowl and put to the side for later. I only put half of my packet of cranberries and it seemed to be enough.

Top tip : If you can’t find fresh cranberries (as I couldn’t), by some dried ones and pop them in a bowl of water so that they will be nice and juicy!

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Next off its time to chop up the mushrooms (i used half my punnet) and onion. I also chopped 2 cloves of garlic. Throw all these into a frying pan.

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Grab a knob of butter and soften them all before adding 100ml of water.

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Add this mixture to the breadcrumbs etc. in the bowl and mix together. Then add the nuts and seasoning and stir again.

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Put the mixture in a baking tin and throw in the oven on 180 degrees for around 15-20 minutes until golden brown on the top.

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And there you have it! A yummy, nutty, vegetarian stuffing. The perfect festive accompaniment to your Christmas Meal!

Just for fun, here’s the spread we ended up cooking (served in pots and pans because we don’t have enough serving things)

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And yes, i did manage to finish that gigantic plate of food. I may or may not have had to lie down for about an hour afterwards 😉

Please let me know if you try this recipe and what you think of it, or even share your own take on this festive stuffing!

I hope you all have a very merry Christmas!!