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|Served with sugar and a squeeze of lemon, these are delicious (or maple syrup perhaps)|
On page 52 of February 'Grow it!', I mentioned pancakes and Shrove Tuesday and said I would post a recipe on my gardening blog. So here it is (foolproof) I hope: "To make pancakes, put 250ml milk plus 2 tablespoons cold water into a food processor or liquidiser. Add 2 medium-sized hens eggs. Process on high till well-mixed. With the processor set to its lowest speed, gradually add 100gms plain flour and half-tsp salt, then mix on top speed until all is well combined. Transfer to a jug, cover and store in the fridge overnight.
|A proper pancake pan is useful; we bought ours in an old-fashioned |
hardware store in Wales, but the one listed
on Marks & Spencer's website looks identical
To cook: Stir the batter with a fork. Take a flat pancake pan: melt a knob of lard, add a swirl of butter to the sides; at the first indication of ‘blue smoke’ – it’s more a haze than actual smoke – pour in about half a teacup of mixture, tipping the pan this way and that just above the heat to distribute the batter over the whole pan surface. Cook until a knife inserted at the edge of the pan will lift the pancake away from the base. Flip over with a knife (there’s no need to toss!) and cook the second side. Serve with homemade fruit purée, maple syrup, or lemon."
For a bit of fun, why not do as I suggest in the article and grow your own lemons? Readers who have no access to copies of the magazine (unless you take out an overseas subscription), you can obtain a variety with considerable tolerance to low temperatures: 'Eureka' from Dobies of Devon. The image looks so very tempting; grow it on the kitchen windowsill; or patio, greenhouse or conservatory. I'm planning to try one on the wide sill in our refurbished kitchen, though I am sure it will be some while before it looks as magnificent as the one in the picture.
|There's no snow yet, just heavy frost, but the forecast|
is for quite a bit overnight. This pic was taken
through the kitchen window a couple of years ago -
can you spot the thrush?