Word of Week #10 2019

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My Word of the Week

This week it’s Pancakes!

a photo of a selection of pancakes with lots of different topping choices

This week started with a flat tyre. Just as Graham was about to take the kids to school he found the tyre as flat as a pancake! The girls had to quickly walk to school, but the Little Man’s school is a little too far away.

Graham used the machine in the boot to inflate the tyre and it came with some solution to fix punctures. It seemed to work, but after he took the Little Man to school the tyre was flat again. So, we had to call them out to put on a new tyre. We also need the other front tyre replaced so Graham is going to take the car to the garage today to get it done.

Tuesday, in case you hadn’t noticed, was pancake day. It was also dental hospital day for me. My regular dentist decided that I needed specialist help. I had worked myself up about the appointment, only to find that they were not actually going to do anything on the day, apart from an xray! So we were home in time for pancakes. Which I made at 6pm and 9pm!

We all like our pancakes different so I make sure I have plenty of toppings. I really like lemon and sugar on mine, the Little Man and Boo like Nutella, Star likes Strawberries and cream, No1 Son likes banana and cream, Eldest Daughter Likes Nutella, strawberries and cream and Graham likes banana and chocolate sauce. How do you like yours?

Wednesday I was at the hospital for my infusions, I missed last months so it felt a long time coming. The ward was busy as usual, but I always stick in my earbuds and listen to a story while I’m waiting. I’m currently listening to Safe With Me by K.L. Slater.

Thursday was World Book Day and the Little Man’s school had a bedtimes story day so they went to school in their pj’s. Boo’s school were doing Harry Potter or The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe. So Boo chose the White Witch. She put together her own costume and made a crown and staff with just a little help from me.

So, now it’s over to you. What word or phrase sums up your week?

Raisie Bay



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My Top Ten Pancakes for Pancake Day!

I love pancake day, I love pancakes. In fact, why wait until pancake day, we don’t!

I’ve selected a few of my favourite pancake recipes to share with you. If you want more you can check out my Pinterest Pancake board! 

10: Bacon Pancakes!

Now, I’d never really thought about bacon pancakes until I saw them on my favourite animation Adventure time…so here’s Jake makin’ Bacon Pancakes!

And it’s really a thing! Bacon with Pancakes and Maple Syrup Recipe
Probably best served for breakfast, unless you are a bacon addict!

bacon pancakes

9. For the love of Traditional – Basic Pancake Recipe
Fill how you like!

traditional english pancakes

8. Let’s hear it for the Vegans, totally free from eggs, dairy, nuts and gluten! Fluffiest Vegan Pancakes
Such a gorgeous photo too!

vegan pancakes with figss

7. One of my own, Very Grown-Up Pancakes for loves of Black Forest gateaux.
My photo is bad, but the pancakes were good!

chocolate cherry and cream pancakes

6. Raspberries and Cream, what a delightful combination!

raspberry and cream pancakes
And a pan to cook them in –
crepe pan from lakeland
crepe pan from Lakeland  £18.99

5. Japanese Style Pancakes. My kind of pancakes are generally flat, although I do like drop pancakes, or American style pancakes too. These are really different as they are big and fluffy.

fluffy japanese pancakes

4. Staying with Japan but going savoury, I’m a huge fan of Okonomiyaki, or cabbage pancakes.

japanese okonomiyaki pancakes

3. Creme Egg Pancake Stack. Why is this not number 1, well, simply because I don’t think I’d be able to manage to eat the entire stack and that would upset me!

creme egg pancake stack

2. Pancake Art! I love it. I can’t do it myself, but I love to see those little videos of how they are done and I will, one day, be brave enough to try. Take a look at this fantastic 3D Millenium Falcon.

millenium falcon 3D pancake

1. Our favourite pancakes of all time have to be banana and Nutella. We can’t get enough of them.

chocolate and banana pancake
Whisk from Lakeland £6.49

I hope you have enjoyed my top ten pancakes, I’d love to know your favourite in the comments.

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Very Grown Up Pancakes

With Shrove Tuesday approaching I was happy to review some Princes fruit filling for our pancakes. Of course I’m a firm believer that pancakes are not only for Shrove Tuesday, you can have them anytime. We love them.

Now my family is big and we all have different tastes. I like pancakes with lemon and sugar and so does Star, but Daddy likes banana and chocolate sauce in his. Eldest Daughter likes nutella on hers and Boo and the little man like melted chocolate. No1 son was never fussy, he’d eat his with anything, but he now has a new favourite……chocolate pancakes with cream and black cherries.

Ingredients (serves 4)

125g self-raising flour
10g cocoa powder
2tsp caster sugar
1 egg
150ml milk 
few drops of vegetable oil
150ml double cream
1 x 410g can Princes Black Cherry Fruit Filling

Method:

sift the flour and cocoa powder into a large bowl and stir in the caster sugar
the egg and milk and then use a hand whisk to beat the mixture together to make a smooth batter.
Heat 2-3 drops of vegestable oil in a large non-stick frying pan.
Use the batter to make 8 small pancakes, cooking them in batches. To cook, add small ladlefuls of batter to the pan and cook for 1-2 minutes until bubbles appear on the surface. Turn over and cook for 1-2 more minutes until set. Set aside on kitchen paper until all the pancakes are cooked.
Whip the cream in a chilled bowl until it holds its shape. Sandwich two pancakes together per person with half the whipped cream and Princes Black Cherry Fruit Filling. Top with the rest of the cream and cherries.
If you like you can sprinkle them with a little more cocoa powder.
According to No1 Son, they taste even better when chilled. (personally, I couldn’t wait)

You can find this recipe along with many others on the Princes website

A tasty
alternative to traditional sugar and lemon, the canned Fruit Fillings come in a
range of delicious flavours to suit the whole family including Apple; Summer
Fruits; Red Cherry; Black Cherry; Strawberry; Blackcurrant and Apple &
Blackberry. Princes Fruit
Fillings can also be used as a quick and easy addition to a variety of home
baking recipes – from tarts to trifles and cheesecakes to
crumbles. Princes Fruit Fillings
are available for £1.29 RRP (395g / 410g) at a range of
supermarkets.

I also have a can of apple and blackberry which I’m thinking of using in a recipe with the littlies later this week, so look out for that, I’m sure it will be just as delicious.

I was sent some products from Princes for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Kids In The Kitchen – Pancakes and Biscuits

Welcome back to Kids in The Kitchen, my weekly linky where you can come and tell everyone what you’ve been cooking with your kids. My aim is to teach my children all about cooking, I want them to enjoy it and learn at the same time as filling their hungry tums.

This week we’ve been in the kitchen twice! Once to cook pancakes and then again to make some fork biscuits.
Last week we had a lovely post from The Beesley Buzz where the family went to cookery school. I was really jealous, it sounds fantastic, I’d love to do something like this with my littlies.

Please come an join in this week, I’ll tweet about your post and give you a mention next week if you do. The rules are simple, get the kids in the kitchen and then write a post and link it up. Or you could even link up an old post, I don’t mind.

Pancakes. 


Boo decided that she would like to make pancakes so I printed off a recipe for her. Two points to make here, pancakes are not only for Shrove Tuesday, we have them whenever they take our fancy. Also, I don’t need a recipe for pancakes, they are so simple. However, this is a learning process, and Boo is just learning to read so I wanted her to read the recipe for herself.
So, in short, we mixed up the flour, milk and eggs. Then mummy heated a little oil in a pan until it was very hot. We poured in the batter, swirled it around and cooked one side. Then mummy expertly tossed the pancake over to cook the other side. I did get Boo to try and take a photo of me doing this, but we didn’t get one worth showing.

kids in the kitchen
Then at the weekend we made fork biscuits, so called because you squish them with a fork before cooking. Boo and the Little Man really enjoyed this.
Fork Biscuits

Ingredients:
250 grams of butter at room temperature
125 grams of caster sugar
300 grams of self-raising flour
Method:
We measured out the butter and sugar into a bowl and then mixed them until smooth with a wooden spoon.
We stirred in the flour and made a  soft sticky dough
We rolled the dough into little balls
We put the balls of dough onto the greased baking tray, leaving a space between them
We squished the balls of dough with the back of a fork which had been dipped in water
We cooked the biscuits for 15 minutes at 180C or Gas mark 4
kids in the kitchen

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kids in the kitchen

Pancakes – Center Parcs Monthly Challenge

I asked the family what sort of pancake filling would you like?

Eldest Daughter says “banana and Nutella”
Star says “sugar”
No1 Son says “sugar and lemon”
Daddy says “strawberries and cream”

Boo (5) says “sausage, chicken, chips and beans” 
So, after a lot of hard thinking (ok, it was pretty easy really) I decided to make banana and Nutella pancakes. But strawberries and cream sounded nice too. Ok, I made both…with some sugar and lemon ones thrown in. I did decide to give the sausage, chicken, chips and beans one a miss.
First up, I made the batter. I really don’t understand why people buy ready made pancakes. Well, ok, they are less messy, less effort and and less likely to go wrong, but that’s all part of the fun of making them. Anyway, I think they are supposed to be cooked in the microwave, and I don’t own one. I’ve also seen tubs of pancake batter in the shops, just add milk and cook. Again, something I don’t understand, surely, flour, eggs and milk are staples in any household, why would you need a mix?
This is how I make pancake batter. I put flour in a bowl. I don’t know how much, I just tip in enough. Then I add an egg. I’ve made pancakes without egg and they don’t really taste any different in my opinion, but as recipes state add an egg I will add an egg today. Then I add the milk and mix until it looks right. I know, I’m really helpful, but trust me, pancake batter is easy to make.
I put a big frying pan on the heat and add a spoonful of cooking oil. Some use butter but you need the pan really hot and butter burns. Burnt butter is a pet hate of mine. So when the oil is hot I swirl it around the pan and tip it out. (usually into a cup so I can use it again)
Then I add the batter in the middle of the pan and swirl it around until it fills the pan. After a few seconds I will shake the pan to ensure the pancake hasn’t stuck. Then a few seconds later I give it a toss. You have to toss your pancakes, it’s the law! Ok, you can turn them over, but trust me, it’s easier to toss, just don’t get carried away. I’ve never had a pancake stuck to the ceiling. Eldest Daughter reckons that pancakes taste better when your arm hurts, so keep tossing. When cooked plonk onto a plate and fill. This is the best bit, well apart from the eating of course.
So, here’s mine. 
How do you eat yours?
Create your own unique pancakes, take some photos and put them on your blog. Then visit Tots100 and see how your pancakes can win you a fantastic Center Parcs break. Competition ends February 22nd at 4pm so even though pancake day is almost over, you still have time to get your entries in. 

A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

Some people only write reviews when things go wrong with products, which is good because it lets people know that there could be potential problems. I’ve also seen negative feedback with say things like, I had to return this item because the colour did not suit me…is this useful?

I write reviews on most items I buy because I like to give genuine feedback. If I have a genuine problem with a product I will write my review in the appropriate place.

I write reviews on my blog too, but they are mostly positive. Why? Because I only write reviews for the things I’ve loved. If I don’t love them I let the person who sent me them know with details why and then let them decided if they would rather me write a negative review or not write one at all. It’s always the latter.

This is my blog, my place and I’ll let you know about the things I love. If you want to find out what other people have hated about the product then you will need to look elsewhere.

My reviews may all be positive, but they are still genuine.