So as it’s pancake day I thought I’d break from my usual format and go straight into my pancake recipe.

The Basic recipe:

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Makes 6-10

1 cup Self raising flour

1 cup Milk (or milk substitutes like almond milk, soy milk, rice milk etc)

1 egg

Optional: 1/4 cup sugar

Yep that’s it.

Mix your pancake batter together until well combined then scoop 1/4-1/3 of a cup of batter into a frying pan over  medium heat. Cook until the top of the pancake is starting to bubble (and the underside is lightly browned) then flip the pancake. Cook for a further 30-60 seconds or until pan side is brown. Remove from heat and repeat with remaining batter.

Tip: you will need a good non stick pan or you will need to lightly spray the pan with oil between each pancake.

So that’s my basic pancake recipe and if you just want a great ‘breakfast  for diner’ pancake then go ahead with that recipe and serve with your favourite toppings.

However If you’d prefer a savoury spin here are a few suggestions for some minor changes to give you yummy savoury dinner pancakes.

Veggie pancakes

Makes 6-10

1 serve basic pancake batter (no sugar)

3/4 your fave veggies – My favourites for this are zucchinis or corn kernels but most veggies would go well in this.

Small dice or great your veggie/s then mix through your pancake batter.

Cook as above. Serve with your favourite sauce.

Pancake sandwiches

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Makes 3-6 sandwiches

1 serve basic pancake batter (no sugar)

1/2-1 cup extra milk

Bacon

Grated Cheese

Tomato – sliced

Optional – your favourite spice.

Make your pancake batter a bit thinner with some extra milk.

Cook the pancake batter as above.  Optional: Before you flip the pancake sprinkle a pinch or two  of your favourite spice or spice mix over the top.

Once you have two pancakes put to the side then cook your bacon.

Place one of your pancakes bake in the pan and cover with cheese. Top with bacon then the sliced tomato. Sprinke tomato with salt and pepper. Remove from heat to a plate. Lightly reheat second pancake then place on to of the sliced tomato.

So there is my basic pancake recipe and two savoury twists. The bonus of pancakes for dinner is just make few extra from the basic batter and you have desert ready to go. I hope you enjoy them.

Happy pancake day!

Todays a simple one.

Five of my:

New Years Resolutions

Or more accurately – Goals.

Be More Organised

In both my blogging and life in general.

Read More Books

In high school I was an avid reader but I’ve gotten quite slack the last few years.

Keep the House Tidy

Especially the kitchen.

Take my Meds

Admittedly my goal every year but it’s gotta stick some time.

Appreciate the little things in life

A lesson I’ve learnt well in 2015 and would like to continue this year.

I’ll be writing a bit more in depth about them latter in the month but that’s five of my goals for the year.

Do you have any resolutions or goals for the year? Are they general goals or detailed ones?

Wishing you all a fantastic 2016!

Lil

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!

I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas weekend.

I certainly did.

We had a half day at work on Thursday and finished with lunch with everyone in the office which was nice.

B and I had dinner with his parents so we could swap presents. Then we FINALLY went and watched Star Wars : The Force Awakens.

I won’t post any spoilers but I will say I enjoyed the movie. I will probably go and see it again before it leaves cinemas.

Christmas morning B and I swapped present then we headed up to my parents for the day. We got to Skype my sister so we could se her opening her presents and just catch up. It was nice but also sad that she was so far away.

B’s parents came up to my parents house for Christmas lunch which was a 5 hour long, 10 course degustation menu. It was all very delicious.

Boxing day was a lazy day for us. We caught up on the second half of season 9 of Doctor Who, as we had missed it when it was on, then we watched the Christmas special. Once again no spoilers bit it was full of feels (as admittedly most of the Christmas specials are).

For the most part we have avoided the sales though I got some nice bath stuff on sale at Big W yesterday and I’m going out to go shopping for a new dinner set (a Christmas present from my mum and dad) tomorrow. I did also buy some planner stickers off Etsy.

Yesterday we went and watched Mockingjay: part 2 so we could escape the heat for a bit. I usually struggle with movies based on books I’ve read but I really enjoyed it. It wasn’t flawless but they did a really excellent job.

Todays recipe is less of a recipe and more of a collection of ideas around a theme:

Leftover Ham

We always have a ham at Christmas and after Christmas we always have a fair bit of leftover ham.

So I thought I would share some ideas of what you could do with your leftover ham. Most (if not all) of these ideas are not limited to ham. You could definitely use most meats and some vegetables in place of ham in these ideas.

Firstly there is no need to limit yourself to just plain ham (especially if you or someone you know is not a big fan of ham)

Try marinating some.

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So far this year I’ve tried a honey soy marinade (equal parts honey and soy sauce) which is wonderful as is or pan fried to warm the ham. I also marinated some ham in Thai seasoning mix then pan fried the pieces. It was delicious.

I also stewed some ham in apple cider with fennel seeds. Apple and ham are best friends and as I had some home brewed cider in the fridge I thought I’d give it a go. I was not disappointed. Well I was but only because I burnt the bottom so I was only able to eat half of what I made and that was disappointing.

Now for what you can do with the ham.

Toasties

My personal favourite. Ham cheese and tomato toastie are in my opinion the king of toasties and are only improved with ham off the bone. You can also use the marinated ham for extra flavour.

Quesadillas

Ok so they are sort of like Mexican toasties but how is that a bad thing. Not that I don’t believe you can’t use any flavours in a toastie but when you think quesadillas you think more of the Mexican flavours. Ham, Cheese, salsa, avo. All delicious.

Breakfast Bites

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I just chop up some ham, tomatoes and green onions and use that to half fill each section of a muffin tin then pour in some eggs that have been lightly beaten the bake for 10-20 mins at a low heat (until the egg is cooked). You could use whatever veg you have on hand and a sprinkle of cheese on top is a nice touch too.

Another breakfast option is what I call

(and B calls Crappy omelette.)

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Cut your ham into small pieces and fry in a pan until lightly brown with any veggies you might like to add. (I usually do this with tomato but mushrooms would be good to) add in two lightly beaten eggs and keep it all moving until the egg is just cooked then take of the heat. I like mine with some toast on the side.

Its essentially scrambled eggs with extra stuff or (as B’s title suggests) an omelette that fell apart.

So these are just a few of my easy ideas for your leftover ham.

Did you have a good Christmas?

Let me know what do you do to jazz up your leftover Christmas food.

That’s all for today

Lil