I did, however, manage a pancake dinner and dessert.
I kept it simple for dinner with savoury breakfast filled gram flour pancakes, seasoned with a little cayenne and a batter made with water instead of milk.
I had some spare preserved duck eggs from the weekend's Chinese New Year feast to add to the breakfast feel.
I was also lucky enough to be given some quail eggs by my aunt who has a few chickens and quails. I decided to try and fry these, which is no mean feat, as getting the teeny buggers out of their weeny shells is quite a fiddly process.
Bacon from New Eltham Butchers, Co-op's gluten free Lincolnshire sausages (which I have only just discovered the existence of and were bloody laaarvly! You may also think that the Co-op breaks my rules, but as supermarkets go, they have high standards with regards to animal welfare and support and give back to local communities, making them OK by me when convenience is required), and Kent raised fried quail eggs.
All that was added at the table was a selection of cheeses. It was a good day.
Surprisingly, we were so full after a couple of these Masters of Yum that we didn't even start on this bad boy pancake cake creation:
Taking inspiration from this Jamie Oliver recipe, I decided to make my own version. Have a go yourself!
Pancake to your Wake
For the pancakes:
1 cup almond flour
1 cup rice flour
2 cups milk
pinch of salt
food colouring (optional)
Goo and friends:
A good amount of buttercream icing, (I cheated and used Betty Crocker chocolate fudge frosting)
150g of your chosen chocolate. (I wanted white chocolate for contrast, but accidentally picked up stuff with wheat in-grrr!- so dark it was.)
A handful or two of toasted nuts, I chose pecans and almonds
Some of your favourite chocolates or sweeties. Mini Eggs are everywhere right now.
100ml of yoghurt (cream or orange juice etc. could also work)
- Sling all your pancake ingredients into a bowl and whisk into a smooth batter.
- Heat a small frying pan on a medium/high heat with a little oil in the pan. Once hot, remove any excess oil and turn down to medium heat.
- Put up to one ladle of batter in the pan, and swirl it to make a flat, even covering in the pan.
- Once the edges start to look golden, loosen all around and under the pancake with a flexible spatula and slide the pancake to the front of the pan, so it's starting to climb the lip opposite the handle.
- Gently, quickly and bravely flick your wrist to flip your pancake. Admire your ability, feel smug, get a loved one or enemy to watch you do it again.
- Pop your pancake on a plate to rest and repeat steps 3-5 until all the batter is gone and you just have a stack of pancakes. Alternatively, towards the end of the of your batter supply, you can add some food colouring and make a couple of pretty coloured pancakes to add some fun to your stack. I went for two plain to every one green.
- In your chosen torture device (I used my trusty pestle and mortar), smash up your handful or two of nuts until nuts are crushed to your desire.
- Over a simmering pan of water, melt your chocolate in a bowl until lump free and delicious. Add some of your nuts and 100ml of yoghurt, and mix until fully incorporated.
- Take one pancake and put it on a serving plate or dish, or wherever you wish to build your diabetic nightmare. Dollop some buttercream on top and spread it out to cover the pancake.
- Lay another pancake on top of the buttercream, and plop on some of your chocolate and nut mix.
- Keep alternately laying down pancakes with buttercream or chocolate until all pancakes are on the pile.
- Top your towering pancake penis extension with the rest of your chocolate nut mix, the rest of the nuts and your sweet of choice.
- Et voilà. A pretty and very impressive plated up heart attack.