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Pancake Day recipes to make you drool!

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08.02.16

What are you going to have on your pancakes tomorrow? The only day of the year where consuming approximately 24 pancakes is acceptable!

Historically, pancakes were made on Shrove Tuesday so the last of the fat or lard was used up before Lent.

Do you go savoury or sweet? How long should you fry them for? When should you toss it?

Pancake Day is all about tossing and flipping your pancakes before topping them with some tasty treats.

Of course, there is the classic lemon and sugar combo, but if you're after something a little more adventurous, we've got some great ideas on what you can add to your Shrove Tuesday treat.

Here are our favourite recipes..We're giving you savoury ideas, and sweet ones too! (note: one may be slightly healthier than the other...)

Basic Batter Recipe (for both sweet and savoury)

Makes: 4 pancakes Ingredients:

Method:

1. Sift the flour and salt into a bowl, then make a hole in the middle of the flour using a spoon.

2. Break the egg into the hole. Add a little of the milk and beat with a wire whisk.

3. Beat in the flour to make a thick batter. Gradually whisk in the rest of the milk, then pour the smooth batter into a jug.

4. Lightly grease a small non-stick omelette pan with coconut oil and wipe out any excess with kitchen paper.

5. Heat the pan until very hot and then pour just enough batter in to cover the bottom thinly. As soon as the top is dry and the bottom is golden brown, flip the pancake over with a fish slice or round-ended knife – or if you’re feeling brave, toss it.

6. Cook for 1 minute or until the underside starts to brown. Slide the pancake on to a plate.

7. Grease the pan again with the kitchen paper and make more pancakes in the same way, keeping the cooked ones warm while you make the rest.

Ideas for Savoury;

- Spinach, cheese, mushroom and cured ham

- roasted vegetables, grilled tomato and creme fraiche

- smoked salmon, dill, avocado, chilli and ricotta

- grilled bacon and maple syrup

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Ideas for Sweet;

- coconut sugar and freshly squeezed lemon

- sliced peaches, natural yogurt and honey

- fresh strawberries, Giving Tree strawberry crisps, mascarpone, blueberries and lemon juice

- nutella, nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew) and banana

- Rhubarb compote and vanilla creme fraiche

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Two ingredient Banana Pancakes

Makes: 8 small pancakes

Ingredients;

1 medium ripe banana 2 large eggs

Optional extras (choose a few!):

  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder, for fluffier pancakes
  • 1 spoon of protein powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • chopped nuts, chocolate chips, or a mix
  • granola
  •  fresh fruit, like blueberries, raspberries, or chopped apples
  • Giving Tree fruit crisps ( we like strawberry on ours)
  • Maple syrup, jam, chocolate spread
  • Natural yogurt

Method; Mash the banana: Peel the banana and break it up into several big chunks in a bowl. Use a fork to thoroughly mash the banana. Add any extra ingredients: These pancakes are pretty great on their own, but a few extras never hurt. Add 1/8 teaspoon of baking powder for fluffier, lighter pancakes, and whisk in salt, vanilla, cocoa powder, or honey to flavour the pancakes. Save any chunky, heavy ingredients — like nuts or chocolate chips — for when the pancakes are in the pan! Stir in the eggs: Whisk the eggs together until the yolks and whites are completely combined. Pour the eggs over the banana and stir until the eggs are completely combined. Heat a frying pan over medium heat: Melt a little coconut oil in the pan to prevent sticking, if you like. Drop roughly 2 tablespoons of batter onto the hot pan. It should sizzle immediately — if not, turn up the heat slightly.

Cook for about 1 minute: Cook the pancakes until the bottoms look browned and golden when you lift a corner. The edges should also be starting to look set, sprinkle with toppings

Sprinkle any loose toppings, like nuts or chocolate chips, over the top of the pancakes as the first side cooks.

Flip the pancakes: Best to do this very gently and fairly slowly — the opposite of regular pancakes. Gently work a spatula about halfway under the pancake, then lift until the unsupported half of the pancake is just barely lifted off the pan. Lay the pancake back down on its other side. Some of the loose batter will probably spill onto the skillet as you do this; just be sure to lay the pancake on top of the spill and nudge any excess back under the pancake. Cook for another minute or so: Cook the pancake for another minute or so, until the other side is also golden-brown. You can flip the pancakes a few times if you need to in order to get them evenly browned. (Flipping is much easier once the second side is set!) Continue cooking the pancakes: Transfer the cooked pancakes to a serving plate and continue cooking the rest of the batter.

Add your toppings!

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Forget the takeaways this weekend, its all about the ‘Fakeaway’

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29.01.16

It’s Friday and the weekend is here! I’m sure most of us will be honest enough to admit the inevitable craving for a takeaway, and the guilt that follows. Why not have a guilt free takeaway or as people are calling it a ‘Fakeaway’. This trend may well revolutionise your weekend eating, with recipes being quicker to make than a delivery, without compromising on taste, and oh yeah they’re actually healthy! Here a just a couple of fantastic recipes to replace those devious takeaways. One of my personal favourites! Low carb cauliflower pizza. Before you completely disregard this hold on and look at the picture………califlower-crust-pizza-46

 Looks delicious right? You’ll never guess the main ingredient (hints in the name).

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Yes cauliflower!

So what do you need to make it...... Answer - Not much! The base includes - 1 head of a medium cauliflower - 60g  grated mozzarella cheese - 60g Parmesan cheese - 1 medium egg - ¼ teaspoon of salt - ½ teaspoon dried basil - ½ teaspoon oregano - ½ teaspoon garlic powder - CHI Coconut oil And for the toppings 100g of marinara sauce 100-200g of mozzarella depending how cheesy your feeling! And whatever else you fancy really! Pre heat the oven to 225 degrees C. Trim stems from cauliflower, cut into chunks and throw it all in a food processer, whizz until its texture is fine (rice like). Microwave for 4 minutes, leave to stand for 1min until cool. Ring excess water out by putting it all in a kitchen towel and squeezing (don’t hold back on this step remove as much as you can). Add the cauliflower to the rest of the base ingredients and mix until it is of dough consistency. Evenly spread into a pizza base and place onto a pizza tray or baking tray lines with some coconut oil as not to stick. Bake the base for 10-15 minutes until the crust looks golden. Remove from the oven and add toppings baking for a further 3-5 minutes keeping an eye on it you don’t want to ruin it now! Enjoy.  

Next......

Guilt free fries. 4 medium sweet potatoes (600g) CHI coconut oil 1 tablespoon Garlic powder Salt and cracked black pepper ½ tablespoon cayenne or paprika (optional)   Pre heat the oven to 225 degrees C. Wash and dry sweet potatoes, aim to cut into ¼ inch thick. (If thicker fries are preferred increase cooking time). Place cut slices into a bowl and add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil until evenly coated, add all seasoning apart from the salt to the bowl and toss again. Line a baking tray with parchment and evenly spread out avoiding overlapping place in oven for 20-25 minutes until deliciously crisp.   Super Tip-  For an even crispier coat place the cut sweet potato in cold water for 20-30 minutes pat dry then add the coconut oil and seasonings   sweet p  

Last but certainly not least..........

  Coconut, honey and raspberry crêpes. Although not strictly a takeaway recipe this is for those of you with the sweet tooth craving. 4 medium eggs 120ml water 2 tablespoons coconut flour 1 tablespoon melted  CHI coconut oil ½ tsp of vanilla extract 18 g The giving tree freeze dried strawberries 18g the giving tree freeze dried strawberries - for crumbling over the top Honey as desired for topping Add together the coconut flour and add a pinch of salt in a mixing bowl. Using a separate bowl whisk together the eggs, water, coconut oil, and vanilla extract, once mixed add bit by bit to the flour mixture whilst whisking. Once the lumps are gone leave to stand for 10 minutes. Heat the pan brushing on more coconut oil so not to stick and add a thin layer of batter to the pan turning every few minutes until cooked to desired taste. (Once cooked crumble the freeze dried strawberries over the top with honey. Repeat this for each crepe.)   Coconut-Flour-Crepes-with-Yogurt-and-Berries-Eat-Spin-Run-Repeat-FI Enjoy!