Making Pancakes With the Kids
You might call it Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday (or Mardi Gras in French), plain old Tuesday, or - just down the road from us - Race Day, but for my family it can be called only one thing... Pancake Day! For us, Pancake Day is a bright spot of festivity during that dull, grey period between Christmas and Easter, and the kids absolutely LOVE making (and eating) the pancakes. If you've never made them before, don't be put off by the idea of having to toss those babies - pancake making is a cinch, and the toss isn't as hard as it may look. Read on to get the recipe and our top tips for the perfect flip!
Everyone’s favourite toy turns 60 this year! Sunday, 28th January 2018, marks the 60th anniversary of the patent approval for the form of the LEGO brick that we know and love playing with today. To celebrate this great achievement (and because we need little excuse to party) we’ve made our own LEGO brick - fixing the only downside to LEGO (it's made of plastic - boo!) by making ours out of a far more environmentally-friendly material... Cake. Yum!
Read on to find out how to whip one up yourself - it's so easy, you can do this even if you're an absolute baking beginner.
There must be a million or more chocolate cake recipes around, and I'm sure most of them will make you a lovely cake. However, all of those recipes are just pretenders to the throne when it comes to being the greatest, as in my humble opinion, this one has it in the bag. But don't take my word for it - read on to find out why it's so good and how to make one for yourself.
A Mauritian daube is a stew of meat or fish in a light, tomato-based sauce flavoured (chiefly) with thyme, cloves, and cinnamon. There are probably as many variations on the daube recipe as there are Mauritian families - like with a British stew, every household tends to have their own version! As my family are mostly French-Mauritian, our version of the classic chicken daube does not include chilli and curry spices you might find elsewhere (there would be much eye-rolling, head-smacking exclamations of horror at the very suggestion), but is instead a delicate and surprisingly fresh dish that is both hearty enough for a winter's day and light enough for the summer.
We are big fans of a classic Victoria Sandwich sponge cake in our house, but this variation is also a favourite with it's hint of zingy citrus flavours, tangy mascarpone cream filling and sharp blackcurrant. It looks so pretty, it makes a great cake for special occasions too, but is really easy - and cheap! - to make.
One of our family favourites is a Nigella Lawson recipe for a Spring Chicken casserole, from her book 'Kitchen'. It's simple to make, chock full of vegetables and goes down a storm with both our kids. Visitors can't get enough of it either!