31/07/2012

Tuesday is Food Day - American Pancakes Recipe



Pancakes, maple syrup and Coffee - the breakfast of champions....well of me anyway!

So it's Tuesday once again.........where do the days go?

This week I thought I'd dedicate 'Tuesday is Food Day' to The good old American Pancake!  I LOVE them, although you may have already guessed this from my post about Mama's on Washington Square, San Francisco!

They remind me of the only time I ever went abroad as a child when we had a family holiday in Canada, and when I took my Mum to America when I was 22.  They also remind me of my honeymoon when I ate them for breakfast almost everyday for 3 weeks!  And of my most recent trip to Vancouver and Seattle with my Husband in 2009.

Since my honeymoon I have tried what feels like hundreds of recipes and today I thought I'd share my favourite.  Now, I want to get this straight from the start, American Pancakes should be made with buttermilk......that said, whoever has buttermilk in their fridge when they need it at short notice?  Definitely not me!  So this recipe is for non-buttermilk pancakes, but don't let that disappoint you, these are gooooooooooood!  And I promise you'll be making them again and again.....and again!

Ingredients:
135g/43/4Oz Self Raising Flour
1tsp Baking Powder
1/2tsp Salt
2Tbsp Caster Sugar
130ml/41/2fl oz Milk (I use semi-skimmed)
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2Tbsp Olive Oil
Butter for cooking

To serve: 
Lashings of maple syrup (actually make that gallons!)
Mixed red berries/banana/watermelon/kiwi/bacon/egg (whatever you want!

Method:
1. Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and caster sugar into a large bowl.  In a separate bowl or jug, lightly whisk together the milk and egg, then whisk in the olive oil.
2. Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture and, using a fork, beat until you have a smooth batter.  Any lumps will soon disappear with a little mixing.  Let the batter stand for a few minutes.
3. Heat a non-stick frying pan, or flat griddle, over a medium heat and add a knob of butter.  When it's melted, add a ladle of batter.  It will seem very thick, but this is how it should be!
4. Wait until the top of the pancake begins to bubble, then turn it over and cook until both sides are golden brown. (The bubbling ensures the pancake is cooked in the middle).
5. Repeat until the batter is used up, you can keep the pancakes warm in a low oven, but they taste best fresh out of the pan!
NB: If you like you can add bluebarries/bananas/raspberries etc to the batter before cooking.
6. Cover in maple syrup (and fruit) and devour!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

With the size of my ladle, and with eyes bigger than my belly, I'd say that this recipe makes 4 LARGE pancakes!  If you are cooking for more then you can always scale up the recipe.  If you are cooking for yourself only, then the batter lasts well in the fridge, simply cover with cling-film and try to resit for 24hrs! 
If your urge for pancakes is just so great and you don't have all the required ingredients and you live in Dorset then I'd suggest hitting up The Living Room in Westbourne (best pancakes in Bournemouth!), or Cafe Bosca Nova in Boscombe, also in Bournemouth.  Alternatively if you are in London then try Automat, although a bit more pricey.  Failing all else, book a flight to San Fransisco and head for Mama's on Washington Square!

I'd love to know if you try this recipe, what topping did you have?  Did the pancakes turn out nice and fluffy?   Mmmmmm.........pancakes!!!!!!!

Happy baking my lovelies. xx
 

27/07/2012

Friday Fancies and Weekend Temptations

Hey there my lovelies!  How are you all doing?  Summer has finally descended here in Britain and it is b-e-a-utiful!  I'm finally over my cold, have travelled the country for my job and managed to squeeze in a bit of jewellery making.  It's been a busy but wonderful week!

This week I've been living on Salads and fresh fish, fruit smoothies and fresh OJ, it's been just what I needed to get over this cold.  On my travels I've mostly been listening to Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros and am totally in love with their song 'Home', perfect for summer! 

In all this heat I've been living in my Zara Linen T-Shirts and Carvela Sandals all week, I love the summer.

Carvela Sandals

And now that summer is here I've been lusting after the perfect summer dress, it's just a shame I can't quite afford it!  If you are lucky enough to be able to then it's available at Browns but it's only available in an Italian size 40 (just my size, oh the torture!)

Etro Printed Crepe Dress with Layered Hem

I'm also loving Ballet flats, perfect for the summer evenings, and these ones from The White Ribbon on Etsy are gorgeous.

The White Ribbon Ballet Flats

In between travelling, working and silversmithing I've been catching up on highlights from the Tour De FranceBradley Wiggins is a legend!  Can't wait to see what he can do at the Olympics.

(photo from here)

So the Olympics start today, are you going to any of the events?  If you haven't got tickets but want to join in on the action then why not head over to Hyde park, Victoria Park or Trafalgar Square and watch it all on the big screen.

If you're in London and not interested in watching the Olympics but are feeling a bit sporty then why not head over to Ping London's website and check out where to find your nearest Pop-Up Ping Pong Table.

If you like alternative arts and are in Dorset this weekend then why not head to Weymouth and Portland and check out the b-side Multimedia Arts Festival. It starts on the 29th and runs all week.

Or if you're near Swanage it's Swanage Carnival from the 28th July to the 4th of August, with the Red Arrows displaying at 1pm on the 29th.  


As for me, I'm going to be catching up on all the chores after my holiday and busy week, you know the sort of stuff, mowing the lawn, trimming the hedge, mending the hoover!  Fingers crossed this sunshine lasts!


What are you up to this weekend?

 
Happy Weekend my lovelies. xx





24/07/2012

Tuesday is Food Day - Latitude Food!

I know I know, I've done a few posts on Latitude but I promise this one will be the last........well maybe until next year!

I love food and I especially love festival food.  Falafels, salads, chips, pie and mash, burgers, crepes, you name it, I love it!  So for this weeks Tuesday is Food Day I thought I'd share my favourite Latitude Festival food stalls.

The Boy's favourite

The Hurly Burly - Amazing wholesome food, and entertainment to boot

Who doesn't like corn!

Kebabylon - Amazing Lamb Kofta

I LOVE the Airstram trailer

Smooth Criminals - The best smoothies and Chai Latte on site

Pieminister - You can't beat pie and mash when the festival evenings turn a little chilly
I'm addicted to Falafels


Grilled Halloumi Salad from Salad Days, I liked it so much I had it twice!


I like to think that I ate quite healthily during the festival, amongst this lot I only had one cake and one crepe!  In previous years I have definitely over-eaten.....food is my drug of choice! Oh and coffee!

What are your favourite festival foods?  If you're going to any festivals this year, be sure to check out all of the stalls above, especially Smooth Criminals and Salad Days.

Mmmmm....dreaming of festival foods......now what to have for tea???  xx


23/07/2012

Radio Silence


The festival of all festivals!
Hey there my lovelies!  Sorry for the radio silence last week, I was in deepest Suffolk with no internet, and it was bliss! (I know as a blogger I shouldn't say that, but it was!  We all need downtime sometime, right?).

The Boy and I, and lots of lovely friends, went to the A-MAZING Latitude Festival at Henham Park, in Suffolk.  It's an amazing festival full of music, poetry, literature, art, dance and lots lots more.  Have you ever been?   

I was hoping to take lots of amazing photos of all the different elements of Latitude but got so sucked into all that was going on that I ended up only taking a few. We mostly took in bands and a bit of poetry and a few other cultural bits and pieces.  Of the bands we saw my favourites were; Cold Specks, Metronomy, First Aid Kit, Alt-J, Yeasayer, Wild Beasts, Bat for Lashes, and my all-time festival favourites, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros!

Anywho, here are a few of the photos I took.

A beautiul welcome sign at the end of a very long day!

Latitude signature multicoloured sheep!


Dinky Dub- VW trailer photo booth


The Berry Good Tree - this was full of red baubles by the end of the festival


I loved the Berry Good Tree


Some of my favourite Berry Good Baubles!


Art - Stickman and The Boy, and a mega Megaphone!


A very clever man doing some stone balancing


As you can see we were incredibly lucky with the weather and spent most of the fesital in shorts and t-shirts with only a very light rain shower each day.

The Boy and I stayed on in Suffolk for the week after the festival in order to spend some time with my family, see my Nan in hospital, and visit a few of my favourite haunts in Norfolk and Suffolk.  We managed to get a good few days in, despite the onset of permanent rain, but then I came down with a stinking cold.  Booooo! A week on and I'm still poorly, hopefully I'll feel better soon.  Luckily no-one else seems to have caught it so that's good.

Did you go to Latitude this year?  I'd love to hear what your favourite bits were.

Hope you all had a lovely week. xx

13/07/2012

Friday FESTIVAL Fancies and Weekend Temptations!

(Photo from here)

Another week under the belt!  Where does the time go?

It was a short working week for The Boy and I this week as on Wednesday we made our way up to Suffolk ready for Latitude Festival.  I love Latitude, it's such a friendly and cultural festival with everything from comedy, craft, literature, dance, music, ballet, opera, and even yoga!  Perfect!  And it's all set in the grounds of the beautiful Henham Park Estate, near Southwold.

This week, in view of my festial fever, I've been lusting after these Hudson Boots, and this American Vintage top, teamed with denim shorts and this hat.

But I'm probably better off with this Finisterre Waterproof Jacket, these super cute Hunter Wellies! 

I've been immersing myself in music from the festival line up during my commute this week, and on the drive up to Suffolk, with my favourites being the previously mentioned Alt-J, First Aid Kit, Bat for Lashes and Of Men and Monsters.  Also playing is another favorutie of mine, Bon Iver.

I'm not going to tell you about any other events this weekend as, quite frankly, you should all be going to Latitude! (Well if not this year then maybe next year!)

Oh, alright then! If you are not going to Latitude and you're on the South Coast why not go to Milford-on-Sea Music Festival instead.

Are you going to any festivals this year?  If so which ones?

Hope you all have a lovely weekend, and please could you all do a sun-dance for me!!!!  xxx





10/07/2012

Tuesday is Food Day - My Favourite Pinterest Recipes

For this weeks 'Tuesday is Food Day' I thought I'd share just some of my favourite recipes, from Pinterest.  I've made some of them already and they are gooooooooood!!!!  I can't wait to make them all!  Enjoy.

Banana Chai Breakfast Shake

French Toast Breakfast Muffins

Power salad: chicken, avocado, pine nuts, feta cheese, tomatoes and spinach
 
Beef Pho


California Sandwich

Dhal With Poached Eggs, Cilantro and Yogurt

Homemade Naan




Oreo Marshmallow Bars

S'mores Bars

Strawberry Ricotta Popsicles






Frappe 


Hawaiian blizzard

Let me know if you have a go at any of these, I'd love to know how they turn out.  The Oreo Marshmallow bars are out of this world!

Happy baking. xx

08/07/2012

Memories are not in material things

If you read this blog you'll be aware that back in February my house got burgled, and it was devastating.  They took all of my jewellery, most of which was sentimental. 

They took all of my Grandma's jewellery including the only watch my Grandad had ever been able to afford to buy her.  They took my Art Deco ring which The Boy bought me for my 30th Birthday.  They took antique family wedding rings.  They took pretty much everything that I wasn't wearing on that day.

In the beginning I was distraught that my Grandmas jewellery was gone.  I felt that I'd lost her all over again, quite simply I felt sick to my stomach.  I felt as though I had let her down.  They even took the drawers out of her antique oriental jewellery chest, rendering it useless.  As the weeks went on I began to realise that even though her jewellery was incredibly sentimental, it was in fact just stuff.  It didn't hold the memories, I did.  And I started to feel a bit better.  

Every so often when I am flicking through some old photos I come across pictures of me wearing some of my old jewellery and I feel the sadness again.  I see photos of my wedding bracelet which I wore on my wedding day and almost every day of my honeymoon.  I see a beautiful ring which my Mum had bought me for my birthday just last year, and a watch which The Boy had bought me.  But again I remind myself that it was just stuff.

In June my wonderful friend the StickGirl took me to the Pullens Yards Open Studios and to the Alex Monroe Sample Sale.  Here I found a beautiful necklace.

(Photo courtesy of Bargainista Fashionista)
I bought this necklace using some of the insurance money from my Grandmas jewellery and it feels really special.  The tags read 'sweetpea' 'with love' and 'forget me not'.  It also has a tag with a Barny Bee on it, something which reminds me of Norfolk and where both my Grandma and I are from.

Thank you StickGirl and thank you Alex Monroe for making such a beautiful piece of jewellery which once again makes me feel close to my Grandma.

Two days after the burglary I found this passage and I really feel it helped me get through the whole experience.  I hope it helps you in whatever you are dealing with right now.


 I love you Grandma. xx
  

06/07/2012

Friday Fancies & Weekend Temptations

The Sea!!!!!

I made it down to the sea today for the first time in about 3 weeks.....and it felt good!  It's been a hectic few weeks what with the new job and a mad dash to Norfolk last weekend and filling my lungs with fresh sea air was just the tonic I needed.

I also made it to my yoga class for the first time in weeks so I am now one very happy, contented and chilled Bunny.  One of my friends has recommended Yogamazing podcasts to do at home so I'm going to give these a go on the weeks that I can't make it to class.  Have you tried Yogamazing?  What are your thoughts?

I've been living on Jimmy's Iced Coffee during my first few weeks of work, and it's been the yummiest of life savers.  If you love coffee, you'll love Jimmy's Iced Coffee!  You can get it at Waitrose and Ocado, check out Jimmy's Website for more info.

Rocket Fuel Smoothie! Jimmy's + Banana + Maple Syrup + Cinnamon!

This week I've mostly been listening to First Aid Kit on my drive to work and I'm really looking forward to seeing them at Latitude in just over a week. 

I'm hoping for a spot of sunny weather this weekend and to pop down to Grooves on the Green in Poole on Sunday.  I'm also going to a Led Zeppelin tribute band on Sat night, hoping to get some time in the Silversmithing Studio, and catch the F1 Grand Prix.

If you are in Cambridge this weekend why not check out the Cambridge Open Studios.  Or if you are in the South East and the sun is shining why not check out Fancy Free Walks and find an interesting route near you.

(p.s. Apologies for the rubbish photos....they're from my phone.)

What have you lot been up to this week?  Are you going to any festivals this year?   

Hope you all have a lovely weekend. xx 


04/07/2012

I Love America!


Happy 4th of July my lovelies!!!

I love America!  I love everything about it! The scale of the scenery; the food; the palm trees; the people; the service; the sunshine; the buildings; the classic cars; The traffic lights; I love it all, even down to the size of the sidewalks!

So on Independence Day I thought I'd share some of my favourite photos from a couple of my trips.


Mel's Drive In, West Hollywood

Pelicans! Venice Beach

The Canals, Venice Beach

Santa Barbara Promenade

Motel 6, cheap, clean, accommodation, Santa Barbara

Yummy!!!!  Just the cooling kick I needed in Las Vegas!

Las Vegas, love the signs, especially where this one says Cold Beer...Dirty Girls!

Sunset, Grand Canyon, South Rim

The longest train I've ever seen, Middle of Nowhere!!!

I would have bought both of these if I lived in America!

Mirror Lake, Yosemite National Park
If you love National Parks, you MUST visit The First 70, especially if you are in California!

The fact that American words mean different things to the English! San Luis Obispo

The Pacific Highway

Vintage Mustang....yes please!!!

Santa Cruz, the first place I ever ate a corn-dog!

Amazing Salads in Berkley

The fog, San Fran

Pastries from Stella's Bakery, San Fran. (I put on a stone in 3 weeks on honeymoon in America!  Love it!)

I had always wanted to go on an Amtrak Train, can you tell I'm just a little bit excited!

Space Needle, Seattle

Freemont, Seattle



Jamba Juice, oh how I love and miss you....when are you coming to England???

How are you celebrating the 4th of July?  I'd love to know. xx

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