Posted in breakfast, cooking, Easter, family, Food, Fruit, home, Jams & Jellys, Self reliance, spring

Pancakes for breaKfast

With the kids or on your own we can celebrate food over this strange time of lockdown. You can make pancakes for breakfast, especially at this special time of Easter!

2oz plain flour, 2 eggs and a little milk makes 6-7 small pancakes. Double that for more, halve it if you are on your own (give left overs to the birds) 🙂

I use gram flour as I can’t eat wheat but use any plain flour!

mix it up together with a fork squashing any big lumps, little lumps don’t matter.

Turn on the pan on a high heat and add a tiny bit of oil (we are cooking them not frying them) and spread it out over the pan. You might have to add a little more during cooking all the pancakes but remember a teeny tiny bit!

put a large spoon of mixture into the pan.

Your pancake needs turning over with a spatula as soon as little craters start to appear like the ones I’ve ringed around.

Only leave it like this for a few seconds and then put on a warm plate and make the next one.

Note: When the pan looks like it’s smoking, don’t panic, just turn the pan down a little but not a lot, you need it hot.

Then you can put them on the table with all your chosen toppings 🙂 You can use savoury toppings if you prefer.

Note: in your enthusiasm, don’t forget to move the pan safely of the heat.

For the more fussy among us, just jam is ok 🙂

Happy eating!

 

Posted in around my home, baking, Christmas, family, Food, home

Christmas

It’s very festive here at Hillside Lodge. It’s so nice when Christmas eve finally arrives.

Christmas 1

 

Christmas 2 Christmas 2b

There’s nothing more festive than making a fruit cake!

Christmas 3 Christmas 4

To everyone who watches my blog and all your family and friends, I wish you peace and joy this Christmas 🙂

Posted in Chickens, family, Food, In the garden, Permaculture, Self reliance, Summer

More Chickens

A couple of days ago we were given the opportunity to adopt three more chickens, how could we resist!

Meet – Alaska

Alaska
Ginny

Ginny
and Martha.

Martha
We have 16 Chickens now (+ one cockerel) most of them are laying, so pay for themselves through the sale of eggs. I’m very happy about the additions to our family 🙂

Posted in books, cooking, family, Food, Hints & Tips

The River Cottage Cookbook

Found this hardback copy of the above at Fakenam Parish Curch Book Fair on Saturday for £2.00, I’ve already got the paperback but I can’t resist a hardback, I’ll give the otherone away as a pressie. Many of you know already that Hugh is my lifestyle guru and re reading what he has to say at the beginning of this book reminds me why….

Hugh writes “There are two reasons why you may want to read this book. The first is more or less selfish, because the main aim here is simply to help you enjoy your life more – your life with food, that is. We all know that, on occasion, food can be the source of tremendous pleasure. My question is, why is it ever not?” ….and he goes on to explain more.

It doesn’t take a lot to eat better and enjoy our food and since I have learnt more about making the most out of the food we eat, we hardly every have a bad meal. Eg use the juices at the bottom of a roasting pan if not for gravy (which only needs flour and water from the veggies) scrape it out an use it to make a meat stock, mabe for a rissotto. It does make a difference, I love my food. There’s only one draw back, It makes you fussy about eating anywhere else! Go on get a copy of one of Hugh’s books, get inspired ( it’s not ponsey food either, it’s real food!)

I’m happy to answer any cooking questions!