Food, Housewife Recipes

Pancake Day Recipes

Pancake Day Recipes at Housewife Confidential

Half term is booooring. At least that’s the message I got yesterday. Thankfully it was delivered with a solution: make a video about making pancakes, “Just like Jamie Oliver does Mama. And he always eats the food at the end.” I can’t argue with reasoning like that so we broke out the pancakes a day early to make you a video.

Pancake Day Recipes at Housewife Confidential

We created three fillings for your enjoyment and when I say your enjoyment I really mean theirs. Is there anything better than being allowed to eat excesses of sugar as an actual main meal? I don’t think so.

Milla, Monty and Betsy really love making videos and they wonder if they should make more. If you (and your children) would like to see more silliness on video please give them a thumbs up. I’m considering giving them their own YouTube channel so it would really help me to know if people want to see more.

Pancake Recipe

500ml of Whole Milk

250g plain flour

2 eggs

  • Mix the ingredients together in a bowl until you have a smooth paint-like batter.
  • Heat a small knob of butter in a pan (a pancake pan if you have one or a frying pan if you don’t).
  • When the pan is hot and the butter starts to sizzle ladle in enough batter to cover the base of the pan.
  • Cook for a moment and when the batter begins to firm run a spatula around the edge of the pancake.
  • When the bottom of the pancake has lightly browned, flip it over and cook the other side for a minute further.
  • Serve piping hot!

Here are the three toppings we used in the video. My personal favourite is lemon and sugar which if gussied up by using cinnamon sugar.

Caramelised Bananas with ice cream and nuts

2 Bananas

1 tbsp of cinnamon sugar (caster sugar with a sprinkling of cinnamon mixed in)

1 big knob of butter (or olive oil for vegan / dairy free)

A scoop of vanilla ice cream

Toasted chopped hazelnuts

  • Slice the bananas.
  • Sprinkle the sugar over the bananas and roll them around until they are coated.
  • Heat a frying pan over a medium heat and add the butter.
  • Pour in the bananas and stir as they sizzle in the butter.
  • When they are a caramel brown turn them over and cook the other side being careful not to burn the sugar.
  • Allow them to cool for a minute or two (especially if serving to children) and then spread on your pancake with the ice cream and nuts.

Chocolate Spread and Raspberries

Hazelnut & chocolate spread

A punnet of raspberries

  • Slather the pancake in chocolate spread.
  • Scatter raspberries over the top.
  • Roll the pancake and congratulate yourself on being a delicious genius.

Lemon and Cinnamon Sugar

Cinnamon sugar (caster sugar with a sprinkling of cinnamon mixed in)

Fresh lemons

  • Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the pancake.
  • Squeeze lemon onto the sugar and roll your pancake up.

Pancake Day Recipes at Housewife Confidential

Current Affairs, Travel

Colour Hunting at the Beach

West Wittering Beach Huts

West Wittering Beach Huts

West Wittering Beach Huts

This weekend we awoke to the most perfect sunny Winter’s day. As luck would have it, we had plans to meet our friends Kelly and Heather with their families at the beach.

We met for a hearty roast and healthy gossip before heading down to the coast for an afternoon of colour hunting and playing amongst the dunes.

Isn’t there something wonderful about beach huts? You know I love them, I painted my shed like one after all.

There was lots of ohhing and ahhing at the pretty painted huts not to mention the talk of buying one to split between us. Can you imagine how brillient it would be to have your own beach hut? I really wish we had bought one way back when they didn’t cost the same as small houses!

West Wittering Beach Huts

An afternoon of sunshine and fresh air is the perfect antidote to chilly Winter weeks shut away inside. My nose is so firmly on the grindstone at the moment that I probably haven’t been out in the sun for even an hour most days this month.

The promise of Spring was certainly in the air for a few short hours, let’s hope it’s not long until the season begins to turn.

Heather on the Beach

Kelly Fairy on the Beach

And all the cool bloggers have bobbles on their hats, dontchaknow…

Current Affairs, Dreams, Travel

24 Hours in San Diego

Housewife Confidential in San Diego

Despite my Uncle having lived in San Diego for 15 years I’ve never made it out here to visit. Of course being in the neighbourhood (well, Salt Lake City) meant I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to extend my trip and spend time with my family.

So with 24 hours in San Diego I had a very short wish list: go to the ocean, eat Mexican food and spend time with my family.

Housewife Confidential in San Diego

Straight off the plane we headed to Coronado Island to take a walk along the beach and take a look at the city from the bridge. We walked along to Hotel del Coronado which was built in Victorian times and has an impressive wooden ceiling. If I was here longer I would totally be on that Segway tour.

Housewife Confidential in San Diego

Housewife Confidential in San Diego

The waves were huge and so loud when they crashed down. Despite the water temperature (cold!) I kicked off my shoes and ran into the surf. I honesty could have stayed on the beach the entire day playing in the surf and letting the ocean fill me. Later, when the Santa Ana began to blow, the waves were robbed of their crest and blown back towards the ocean.

Housewife Confidential in San Diego

 

From Coronado Island we crossed back to the city and drove up to Mount Soledad to get a panoramic view of San Diego. From here you can see the whole city, the coast and the mountains.

My visit came right after a few weeks of rain so the landscape was flush with green. I loved seeing cacti and succulents growing wild.

Housewife Confidential in San Diego

Housewife Confidential in San Diego

The best thing about visiting family is that you can ditch the tourist trail and go local. After a second trip to the ocean and the salt marshes my cousin and I headed by his office (so freaking proud of him).

When I say we headed to his office it’s one building out of dozens all on a campus for the same company. It’s so big it has its own power station. It was vast!

Housewife Confidential in San Diego

Housewife Confidential in San Diego

Then we went to Target for two reasons: 1. to see if we could find a mug for Kelly (we couldn’t) and 2. because everyone talks about how much they love it and I wanted in on the action.

It did not disappoint. The store was packed to the gills with a mixture of cute and tacky products. It had three aisles devoted to Velentine’s Day and more flavours of Method soap than I know what to do with. We (I) spent way too much money and made the silliest Snapchat story of our adventures.

Things I discovered at Target: 1. they have escalators for the trolleys 2. They add sales tax at the till – not on the shelf prices 3. 23kg is not a big enough baggage allowance.

Housewife Confidential in San Diego

In the evening my Uncle, his girlfriend and I headed to Old Town for some Mexican food. I didn’t order well (they told me afterwards) so I’m not counting this as my first authentic Mexican dining experience. I am coming back for a do-over.

The Old Town area is a State Historic Park with lots of Spanish architecture and attracts loads of tourists. Around the restaurants were many shops and entertainment.

The next morning we returned to Old Town and took in the incredible beauty of the buildings and pine-filled parks. We sat in the sun planning family gatherings over coffee and browsed an antique store where I bought a vintage quilt.

Housewife Confidential in San Diego

Housewife Confidential in San Diego

San Diego is beautiful, the weather in Winter was an easy going 20°C and it’s easy to get around in a car. Its size means you could see just a fraction of what the city has to offer in a single trip. I recommend checking out the Old Town and going to Target (joking!).

I definitely have plans to return in the future and hit the restaurants and thrift stores properly.

Housewife Confidential in San Diego