Pancake Day 2017

Irish Cream/Coffee-Choc/Cocktail/Hunter’s Chicken Pancakes

It was about time I posted something new on here, what better excuse than Pancake Day. I didn’t want to just repeat what I’ve tried previously, so thought I’d test out some new ideas this year. I’m pleased to say I was able to try out four of the five I came up with this year, though I may still use that fifth another time….

First of all, for those who might find it useful, here’s the recipe I followed. It’s from an old recipe book that my mum has had for years, now preserved with plastic sleeves.

Irish Cream Pancake
My first attempt at an alcoholic pancake – I mixed in some Irish Meadow (similar to Baileys) with the batter for this one, after it was suggested by a friend. It turned out nice, would definitely try it again. No additional filling was needed.

Coffee-Choc Pancake
This turned out nice too, but (bearing in mind it was a first attempt at this) it just didn’t turn out overly photogenic! I took a spoonful of coffee granules and blended them up with just a little milk, then added this to the batter. Once made, I then used some chocolate syrup as a filling.

Cocktail ‘Blob’ Pancake
Another alcoholic attempt, it was a bit of a gamble as I wasn’t certain that it would turn out right. I added cocktail favourites grenadine and blue curacao to this one, dripped in using a straw (with my thumb over one end to create a vacuum, released over the batter). Ideally, it’s a two-person job; one person holds the pan and pours the batter in, whilst the other then drips the drinks in as soon as the batter hits the pan – any later and it won’t mix with the batter. It looked odd at first (as expected/hoped) but it turned out great. A cocktail you can eat.

Hunter’s Chicken Pancake
I can never resist twisting the classic Hunter’s Chicken recipe into new ideas, and thought I’d use that as my first attempt at a savoury pancake. Tried this one a couple of days after Pancake Day, cooking for friends – a friend had made the batter, and by sheer fluke I managed to create decent American-style pancakes on the first attempt. I laid on some cooked chicken, some bacon I had just fried and then poured on some Jack Daniel’s Honey barbecue sauce, before folding the pancake, taco-style. These tasted great and were enjoyed by all.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading, and enjoyed your Pancake Day too.

Related:
Pancake Day 2015 – https://randomkitchenexperiments.wordpress.com/2015/02/19/pancake-day-2015-milkshake-and-choc-orange-pancakes/

Banana Cocktail Cubes

New ‘nana kicks

Continuing my experiments with amateur mixology, and my love for all things banana-flavoured, this is one of the ideas I wanted to try after managing to find a moderately-priced banana liqueur.

I used:

Banana juice
Creme De Bananes
Grenadine
Vimto
Pineapple juice (optional)

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First, mix one part creme de bananes to two parts banana juice, to ensure that it will freeze, then pour carefully into an ice cube tray.

Mix two parts grenadine (for the consistency) and one part Vimto (to give it a slightly darker colour), then drip a little carefully into each compartment using a straw. I think they almost resembled mini Rorschach tests….

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Leave to freeze overnight for 24 hours, and they’ll look like this….

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Being a first attempt at this one, I wasn’t 100% sure at the time if they’d freeze properly, but it worked with some careful prising, and they looked exactly how I wanted.

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They taste great on their own, but I also tried a couple in some pineapple juice.

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Have fun trying these yourself!

Cheesy Beans Pizza

Beans on toast with a twist

Another simple pizza-based idea, this time a new twist on a British snack favourite, baked beans on toast.

I used:
One fresh plain pizza base
One can of baked beans
Cheddar cheese, grated
One slice of ham (I would also suggest bacon or chicken)

Open the baked beans into a saucepan and heat until it starts to bubble (though temperature-wise this can come down to personal preference).

Pour over the pizza base, scatter on some pieces of ham, then cover liberally with grated cheese.

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Place under a grill on a high heat for just a couple of minutes, turning the pizza around halfway through, until the cheese has melted.

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Slice, and enjoy!

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No-bake Birthday Pizza

I apologise for nothing.

If you haven’t got time to do a proper cake, or just fancy a slice of nonsense, try this simple idea instead – a no-bake Birthday pizza.

I used:
One fresh plain pizza base
One tube of blue icing
Smarties
Silver decorative pearls/dragees
Caramel crunch pieces
Chocolate-orange cake decorations

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No cooking or much prepping required – kneaded the icing tube before appying as instructed, spread on the base then added the ingredients, which can be varied according to taste.

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Doesn’t need to be overly neat.

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Done, and ready to eat. Perfect if you like injecting a silly sense of humour into everything, allowing for more time for drink, erm, celebrating. Ahem.

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Popcorn & Banana Tic Tac Vodka

….made with Minions!!

Here’s one I’ve been meaning to post up for a little while, now finally online in time for ‘National Vodka Day’ (seriously though, who makes these days??) – popcorn and banana flavoured vodka, made using Tic Tacs. The latter was made using Minion Tic Tacs – their sacrifice shall not be in vain!

For the popcorn-flavoured vodka, I poured one container’s worth of Tic Tacs into the bottle, then just a little extra from another container, then allowed to brew.

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Around 90 minutes later, it looked like this….

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Then the following day, it looked like this….

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To play it safe, I decided to allow it to brew for another day, then moved on to the next one.

For the banana-flavoured vodka, I added about half of a large container, equivalent of a regular sized one. A little less may have sufficed, as it left more to filter out, but it was still worth it.

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I ended up having bits of Minion floating around….

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A few days later, both had the right scent – just needed to be filtered and taste-tested.

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Given that this was my first attempt at flavouring vodka, I was quite pleased with how they turned out, having tasted both. Still need to try these out on friends, hope they’re ready….

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Cocktail Ice Cubes

A Sunrise in ice….

With summer coming in strong, I wanted to create something in the cocktail vein that would also help keep things a little cooler.

I used:
Echo Falls’ peach & mango wine
Pineapple juice
Orange juice
Grenadine
Bitter Lemon (optional)
Blue Curacao-injected grapes (optional)

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I took a mixing jug and poured in one part wine to three parts pineapple juice (to ensure it froze properly), then added a dash of orange juice. I then poured it carefully into an ice tray, dripped in some grenadine into one half of the cubes with a straw, then placed in the freezer.

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Around 90 minutes into freezing time, I then took the tray out and dripped in some grenadine into the remaining cubes, so that they looked like this….

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Thought I’d see if I could get a marbled effect. I then placed them back into the freezer, to remain there overnight.

This was the end result.

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To serve, I poured a glass of bitter lemon, added a couple of cubes and also threw in a couple of grapes that I had injected with blue curacao.

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I was quite pleased with the result, both visually and taste-wise, and may play with the idea again in the future.

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Sausage and Bacon Stir-Fry in Honey JD Sauce

Essentially, an all-day breakfast stir-fry

Ever have one of those moments where you want to do something different to spruce up a meal, but you’re limited to what you have to hand? I had one such moment at the weekend with some sausages, but upon discovering that we had some left-over boiled rice, decided to make my first attempt at making a homemade stir-fry, using some tips from my dad, who has made them often.

I used:

2 cooked sausages, chopped
1 rasher of bacon, chopped
Boiled rice (the amount will come down to personal preference)
1 egg
Chopped onion
A pinch of garlic powder
A pinch of ginger powder
Soya Sauce
Jack Daniel’s Honey Barbecue sauce

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Melt some butter in a large wok/saucepan, enough to cover the bottom of the pan

Add the onions and cook until softened, then crack open the egg and mix in.

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When the egg has yellowed, add the bacon and stir in, then once the bacon has cooked lightly, add in the rice and sausages and stir in.

Add the garlic and ginger, stir then add a couple of splashes of soya sauce.

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Stir in, then when just about ready, drizzle on the barbecue sauce, stir until covered and serve.

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It wasn’t until I’d eaten around two-thirds of it that I realised that I had essentially made an all-day breakfast* stir-fry, quite by accident – one I’d happily make again!

*A popular breakfast dish here in the UK

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I was quite pleased with how my first attempt at this turned out – now to think up some further twists!

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