Pancakes served with Caramelised Nectarines

Lets talk about Pancakes!  Pancake day is this coming Tuesday 28th and I've been busy playing about in the kitchen cooking up various pancake recipes from my huge Oven Cooked Pancake with Berries and Maple Syrup (which was delicious) to this more traditionally stove top cooked Pancake with Caramelised Nectarines.

Pancakes with Caramelised Nectarines

Of course basic ingredients to make a pancake are flour, milk and egg but the filling or topping of course is up to you.  From a simple sprinkling of sugar and a squeeze of lemon to more elaborate toppings; you can be adventurous as you fancy!

While making pancakes isn't exactly rocket science, you do need a good non-stick frying pan and I'm loving this Tesco Ceramic Frying Pan.  In any case a good pan isn't necessary only for pancake making but for everyday cooking.  I used the pan to caramelise the nectarines and the gooey honey and sugar mixture didn't stick at all.

Pancake in a ceramic frying pan

If you're gluten intolerant you can use Gluten Free Flour which can be found in Tesco's as well as other most good supermarkets.  Check out Tesco's Real Food recipe for Gluten Free Pancakes.

Pancakes with Caramelised Nectarines view from above


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To make 4 Pancakes you will need:
2 eggs - free range of course
200g plain flour
350ml milk
a tablespoon vegetable oil

For the Caramelised Nectarines:
4 Nectarines - stones removed and each cut into eight slices
30g unsalted butter
3 tablespoons of runny honey
2 tablespoons of soft brown sugar
juice of 1 orange

Method:
Get the nectarines on the go as they will take about 15 to 20 minutes.

You will need a suitably sized non-stick frying pan that can take the nectarine slices without them being on top of each other.  Heat up the butter and add the prepared nectarines.  Cook over a low heat for about 5 minutes before turning.  Continue to cook for a further 5 minutes.

While that's happening make the pancake batter.

Now drizzle over the honey and sugar and give it a gentle stir to coat the nectarines.

Continue to cook for another 5 minutes by which time they should have started to colour nicely.  Turn them over again to colour the other side.  When they're beautifully caramelised add the juice of the orange to the pan and stir to get the gorgeous sticky bits from the pan.  Turn off the heat and cook your pancakes.

Pancakes with Caramelised Nectarines

Serve each pancake with slices of nectarine and drizzle over a little of the lovely orange syrup - add a dollop of ice cream if you want to.


Disclosure:  Post commissioned by Tesco.  I received a frying pan and was compensated for ingredients used and my time creating and writing up this post.  All thoughts and opinions are own.

How to Make Oven Cooked Pancakes

Whoop whoop - Pancake Day is nearly here (it's Tuesday 28th February this year) so not long now! Pretty much everyone loves a pancake, even me; but Paul (the husband) is a proper lover of a good pancake.

Trouble is I'm not too keen on cooking them since he can eat a LOT of the thin crêpe like ones which means I'm stood over a frying pan for what seems like forever.
No more standing over a frying pan and flipping it over in hope that you don't ruin it.  I say oven cooked pancakes are the way to go!   They're BIG and filling so just one does the trick, even more marvellous in my opinion. 😉

Oven Cooked Pancake with Berries

Simple to make:
It's a sort of sweet Yorkshire pudding batter except you must use self raising flour or it won't puff up. Pour the batter into a pan and watch it puff right up (it gets a bit scary) but it turns a lovely golden brown and then you know it's done.

Once cooked and you open the oven door, it will sink right back down into a random shape which I think gives it a proper homemade (or you could say rustic) look!  Drizzle with maple syrup, top with raspberries and blueberries, eat and enjoy.

Top Tip!
If you're feeding more than one greedy person or a lot of hungry kids you can make a humongous pancake in a roasting tin; as long as it's non-stick and not too deep it'll be fine. That said, don't forget you'd have to double the ingredients listed.

Persian-style Jewelled Rice - Multi Cooker Recipe

As you know I've been busy experimenting with my Optimum Pressure Cooker PRO which is a multi cooker meaning is can also be used as a slow cooker.  But as it's also a pressure cooker it can cook Slow or Fast.  It also has Induction technology which means food cooks evenly.
Since we eat a lot of rice in this house I thought I'd see if I could make Persian Jewelled Rice - oh my goodness how exotic am I?!

I've referred to my recipe as 'Persian-style' because proper Persian or Iranian Jewelled Rice as it's sometimes referred to, has a lovely golden crust on the bottom which I didn't attempt to do using the multi-cooker (it's not to say it can't be done but I haven't tried as yet).  Anyway I was really pleased with the result; so many flavours and different textures and of course it means you are eating, rice, nuts and fruit all in one dish which has got to be a good thing 😉

Persian-style Jewelled Rice

Don't you just love all the colours and textures?  A mix of nuts, seeds, carrot, sultanas and orange peel and rose petals - yep rose petals but not from roses in the garden!  These are proper dried rose petals that are for use in cooking.  Available from Amazon although I got mine at the Good Food show.

So in my bid to get healthier for #Jumpstart17 my Jewelled rice had to happen as it's a great way to liven up boring plain rice.  In any case, how impressive is it to say 'Oh I just rustled up some Persian Jewelled Rice'?!

Although the rose petals are dried they come to life once added to a tiny bit of liquid; I just put them in a bowl along with a tiny bit of water for 10 minutes before adding to the nut, seed and fruit mixture. By the way in case you're wondering, where to buy barberries I got mine in Waitrose; in fact they probably sell rose petals too.

Skinni Pork Sausage Sweet Potato and Apple Tray Bake

Tray Bakes are one of the easiest and quickest meals you can make and anything with sausages has to be good in my opinion.  Of course the secret to good taste is to use quality sausages.

Okay readers of this blog will know I'm supposed to be trying to lose a bit of weight here - so whilst my recipe isn't exactly calorie free as it contains potatoes, the Skinni Pork Sausages I used are from West Coast Foods and are reduced fat and high in protein.  

There's certainly no faffing about with this recipe, it's ready to serve in just 45 minutes.  Pork Sausages, Onions and a mixture of Sweet Potatoes and Regular Potatoes, Apples and Sage; what's not to like?

Sausage Sweet Potato and Apple Tray Bake

The oven tray I used was a SCANPAN; you can read my review here.

All you need is a suitably sized non-stick oven tray that's big enough for the ingredients to be spread out.  If you don't have one then you can use one of the disposable foil ones from the supermarket; just be careful that is doesn't bend when removing from the oven.

If there's more than two of you just add more of everything including sausages; and of course you can cook this just for one person.

Landon Tyler Scented Candles and Diffusers - Now available in Boots

I know I've written about these beautifully scented diffusers from Landon Tyler before but I wanted to share this with you - they are now available to buy in Boots!  Brilliant news as it makes them much easier for us all to buy.

Each diffuser gives out fragrance from morning till night for around 12 weeks and that's pretty much true since mine is still going at 10 weeks although it is almost coming to an end.  The lovely people at Landon Tyler must have known as they've very kindly sent two more; Chesil Beach and Citrus Grove.

Both are really, really nice and Chesil Beach will be perfect in the bathroom and the Citrus Grove in the kitchen 😊

Landon Tyler Luxury Diffusers




Available as a diffuser or candle there are many more fragrances to choose from; you can read my review here.  Landon Tyler diffusers and scented candles are not only the best I've ever tried but they're cheaper too than most. They are made using quality ingredients, sourced from the UK and Europe.

Vegetable Pasta Bake Recipe - No Need to Cook Pasta First!

This colourful comforting vegetable pasta dish was on the table ready to dive into in under 20 minutes; and that includes preparation.  And it was all cooked in ONE pot with no draining or need for another pan to saute the veg first, or even to cook the pasta first; bet you wouldn't believe me? Well it's all true and to find out more and for a giveaway read on!

Vegetable Pasta Bake

As part of my healthy eating plan and to lose a bit of weight for the #Jumpstart17 challenge I said I would have at least one meat free day per week.

You may have read my review of the Optimum Pressure Cooker PRO - with this fantastic piece of kitchen kit you do not need to cook the pasta first; just add dry pasta straight from the packet! 
I mean how fantastic is that?

Optimum Pressure Cooker


Think how much time and washing up you save on, not to mention the mess of pots and pans everywhere.
  • I sauteed the chopped vegetables directly in the pan of the Pressure Cooker Pro.
  • I then added in a tin of tomatoes, plus herbs and seasoning along with 300 ml vegetable stock.
  • Add the dry pasta straight from the packet and pressed 'PASTA' setting.
  • 12 minutes later it was DONE and ready to serve!

Optimum Pressure Cooker PRO with Induction Technology - Review

I am soooo excited to tell you about the Optimum Induction Pressure Cooker PRO from Froothie! Oh my goodness, you know how I love a good kitchen gadget?  Well this machine is just the best. It's time saving, money saving and delivers great results.  I'm going to be cooking up some healthy recipes as I'm taking part in #Jumpstart17 in my bid to lose a bit of weight.

Oh yes this electric Pressure Cooker AND Slow Cooker is one super-duper amazing piece of kitchen kit.  With 16 set functions it really does make cooking pretty much fool proof.

It also uses Induction heating technology.  Induction is a method of heat transfer, induction heating generates an electric current to create a magnetic field that transfers heat to a cooking vessel.  It is more energy efficient than standard heating technologies, such as electrical cookers, and cooks food more evenly - pretty cool ah?

This multi-cooker has automatic pressure release and voice warning when pressure is about to be released.  It also has handy delay start and keep warm functions.


So what can this mean machine actually do?
Well along with 7 pressure levels and Slow Cook, Meat, White Rice, Stew, Soup, Porridge, Steam, Braise, Cake, Pizza, Pasta, Roast, Deep Fry, Defrost, Yogurt, Simmer and DIY functions this really is one very versatile machine.  So it's not just a fancy Pressure Cooker; because it's a Multi-Cooker it means is can also be used as a Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer and even a Deep Fryer too.

Deiss PRO Citrus Zester and Cheese Grater Giveaway

Having been recently sent this brilliant Citrus Zester and Cheese Grater from Deiss Kitchenware. The Razor-sharp Stainless Steel Blade does a great job of Parmesan, Lemon, Ginger, Garlic, Nutmeg, Chocolate, Vegetables and Fruits; just like they says it does.


To be honest I think it's an absolute bargain since it really isn't a lot different to the well known brand Microplane.  You can buy this over at Amazon. 

Homemade Raspberry and Vanilla Flavoured Water - No Added Sugar

Making your own flavoured water is easy, healthy and also good for you as there's no added sugar.  One big brand name in the bottled flavoured water business were recently found to have 27.5g of sugar in its standard 500ml bottle of lemon and lime water - that's equivalent to almost seven teaspoons.  All the more reason for making your own!

Raspberry and Vanilla Water

There's no real recipe for this as it's so simple!

For every glass you will need:
a handful of fresh or frozen raspberries
a quarter of a teaspoon of Vanilla extract  
250ml water


How to do it:
Whiz the raspberries in a blender - takes two seconds.  The add the vanilla extract and water.  Whiz again for a few more seconds.
Now, if you don't mind the raspberry seed just serve straight away or chill in the fridge till later.
But if you're fussy about the 'bits' just strain through a sieve and again serve straight away or chill.

I use my Optimum Next Generation Power Blender for making smoothies and soups.  I'm a Froothie Ambassador so if you order ANY product excluding the VibroFit, please write in the comments section of your order '2403 Free Ambassador Delivery' the delivery cost will be credited back to your card.  I'll also earn a small commission at no extra cost to you.

Healthy Diet - Lose Weight - Lets's do this Together

Yes, yes, after the all the festivities pretty much everyone in January announces they're on a diet, joining a gym and are going to get fit and healthy.  Trouble is come February most of us, including myself, kind of forgets about it and go back to our usual eating habits.  But this time I really mean it; I will lose weight and I will eat more healthily - together we can do this!

I'm excited to take part in Jumpstart January and I'll be featuring healthy recipes a review and a rather special giveaway which will all based around healthy eating.

Berries in Blender Lose Weight

As I'm going to be sharing my progress with you, I hope to hear how you're doing too so please leave a comment below.  Of course I appreciate that not everyone needs to lose weight; but even if it's just to get fitter which means you will have more energy, eating healthier can only be a good thing.  For me, I really do need to loose 9lb in order to get back to how I used to be.

Losing weight isn't all about smoothies and hardly eating; if it was I'd fail miserably!
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