Friday, 5 December 2014
Pancake Rebellion, Quails Eggs and Xmas Card Ideas
I have been trying out some of the recipes from Hugh Fearnley Whittingstalls Light and Easy book and thought I would give the Buckwheat galettes (crepes) a go. I have seen them being made alongside crepes in the market but never tried them. I made pancakes with buckwheat before but they were more like American pancakes and were too thick and stodgy using the buckwheat flour. These are made like crepes, thin and a bit crispy around the edges. Make them just like you would a pancake and use your favourite filling, savoury or sweet. I filled mine with banana and honey......delish!! I love pancakes but only think to make them on pancake day, go mad, free the pancake and make them all year! Buckwheat galettes may not look quite like traditional pancakes but taste good and are a really healthy alternative. For American readers, what we call pancakes in Britain are more like crepes and not the equally delicious thick ones you make.
Mix together -
125 g buckwheat flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 large egg
300 ml water
Rapeseed or sunflower oil for frying
Make sure your pan is hot and the galettes are lovely and thin.
There was a mix up with my veg box last week, they sorted it out right away, but this week they gave me some quails eggs to say sorry for the mix up. I have eaten one once when out for a meal but never actually bought any. I didn't realise how beautiful they are. They seem too pretty to eat. I will have to look up cooking times, I thought they would be nice hard boiled in a puy lentil salad, any other ideas? Nice to see that they are from 'pampered' hens :)
I ordered my Xmas cards from a Charity as usual but like to do something a bit special for my family and close friends. Last year I printed on some fabric I dyed with tea and put a bit of embroidery on them and then stuck them on a card
I'm sure my friends appreciated them but as I have a male partner and two sons, this year I have been scratching my head to come up with something the males in my family may appreciate more. I also would like something they can keep, so have come up with the idea of printing off a favourite photo of them and gluing it onto a card. I won't put any writing on the front, just inside. I will then give them a photo frame as a present to put the card into. I have a lovely photo of eldest son giving his nephew a piggy back, one of our youngest son with his partner last Xmas and will find one of the bearded one with the grandchildren. The cards will then be kept all year, for many years. Have you come up with any new ideas for cards this year?