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/

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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Summer JD Cocktail (version 2)

For World Cocktail Day 2016

This evening I discovered that it was in fact ‘World Cocktail Day’, via Twitter – well, who am I to argue? I decided to try putting something together, using what I already had in stock, and this was the result.

‘Summer JD’

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In this order:
A shot of Cococabana coconut rum
Tropical juice
A dash of Honey Jack Daniel’s
A couple of grapes injected with grenadine, with a little more grenadine added on top

Considering it was completely improvised on the spot, I couldn’t have been happier with this, it tastes great.

As an aside , this is worth trying in itself – grapes injected with grenadine and Blue Curacao. This is something I first tried last year, and occasionally add to cocktails as a result.

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Have fun experimenting!

The ‘Austin 3:16’ shot

‘Cos Stone Cold said so! (It’s a bit of a Stunner)

Inspired by Buzzfeed’s recent video with ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin’s introduction to cocktails, I thought I’d try putting together something that he MIGHT find more appealing! Something a little more potent with a good kick….

The ‘Austin 3:16’ shot (in a skull shot glass, obviously):

– A dash of Jack Daniel’s whiskey
– A dash of Black Jack Schnapps
– A dash of Disaronno
– Bitter Lemon (just to fill it out a bit)
– Grenadine

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It has a kick, but goes down well! A few of these might have you out for the 3-count….

The original video: