PANCAKE RECIPE

Enough of those American Pancakes (with blueberries..for heaven sake!), we love these traditional pancakes ones and who can resist flipping them in the air?  I certainly can’t and, as I say every year on Shrove Tuesday, why don’t we make these more often? They are quick to make, easy, cheap and quite delicious with lemon and sugar, golden syrup, chocolate Nutella type spread, honey, cream………………I could go on. You need a gentle touch to start with, the aim is to get thin pancakes with a frilly edge and to do this you must have a hot pan and only a little batter. Pour it in quickly and move the pan from side to side to distribute the batter.  You should see the little bubbles rising to the surface, flip up the side with a fish slice to see if it is brown enough but don’t get carried away and start batting it down with the slice-you will only make the pancake heavier. A quick flick of the wrist and you should be able to flip it into the air like a pro.  Once you have made one or two you will get the knack of it. They are best eaten warm with whatever takes your fancy.

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THE VERY BEST FRUITY CHRISTMAS PUDDING RECIPE

The very best fruity Christmas pudding.

This homemade Christmas Pudding recipe is my mum’s. It is very easy to make-just an assembly job.  What, I think, puts most people off is the length of time it takes to cook. You really need to steam it for at least 4-5 hours which results in a  light texture. -This pudding is packed with fruit and it’s very different from any shop-bought puddings that I have tasted. I find these very oversweet and they often have a ‘pasty’ texture that I don’t care for!. You can make it a few weeks in advance or a few days in advance.

The Very Best Fruity Christmas Pudding

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FESTIVE PORK WITH ORANGE AND CRANBERRIES

 

Festive Pork with orange and cranberries

 

 This is one of my favourite festive dishes and it always appears some time over the Christmas holidays. The mix of warm spices, cranberries and orange go well together with the tender pork and it looks stunning on the festive table.  You can make it ahead of time or well ahead and freeze it.  I like to have a few dishes tucked away ready to be whisked out at the last minute so that I don’t have to miss any of the Christmas fun and this is perfect.  Like lots of dishes it is even better re-heated the next day.

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