Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Shrove Tuesday - PANCAKES !!!

Shrove Tuesday (also known as Pancake Tuesday and Pancake Day) is the day preceding Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.  Pancakes were a way to use up rich foods such as eggs, milk and sugar, before the fasting season of the 40 days of Lent.

As a child I loved pancake night. It was such a treat to have pancakes after tea on a school night.  My mum would make just plain pancakes sprinkled with sugar and spritzed with lemon. And that's just how I like them even now. Plain and simple.

There are many versions of ingredients to make pancakes and here is mine that I made tonight  and we enjoyed after tea .....

1 cup of plain flour
1 1/4 cups of full cream milk
1 egg lightly beaten
sugar enough to sprinkle
and a squeeze of lemon
butter enough to melt in the pan

What to do
Sift flour into a bowl
Make a well in the middle
Whisk in egg and milk a little at a time, making sure it is smooth and silky and no lumps. If it seems a little thick add a few drops more milk
Leave to rest in the bowl for 30 mins
Heat the butter in the pan and add the pancake mixture to cover the bottom of
the pan to make thin light crepe like pancakes.
If possible flip to cook both lightly brown.
Serve on to a plate sprinkle with sugar, roll and add a squeeze of lemon.

Lovely! Hope you had pancakes today!

Monday, 4 February 2013

We Love Wine - Tonight's Pick

I don't pretend to be a wine connoisseur, but I know what I like and don't like. We open a bottle of something most nights to enjoy with our evening meal. We very rarely have anything else but Australian wine in the house, and why not, Australia has some wonderful wine regions that we think are comparable to anywhere in the world.  But just recently we have tried a wine from Spain and must say we were pleasantly surprised.

Tonight's feature wine is not only well priced ($9.00 per bottle at Dan Murphy's Wine Grocer) but delicious, smooth and easy to drink.  Borsao - Seleccion 2011 is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Tempranillo and even though it is a red it went very well with this evening's asian style roast chicken.

Tag: "A Grade" quaffer.