Pancakes, Masterchef and Weird And Wonderful Foods!!!

I’ve really been getting into cooking recently! I’ve made lunches, roasted things in the oven, experimented, and helped with dinners. Then, this week, I decided to attempt to make my own batch of pancakes. I was surprised how well I got on. I felt quite relaxed once I’d got a rhythm going. Pour in the mixture. Flip. Take the tray of previously-made pancakes out the oven. Spatula the pancake into the dish. Pour in the mixture. Put the glass dish back in the oven. Flip… etc, etc. Some could have done with a little bit more cooking to make them a bit crispier and I haven’t quite got hang of making swishing the mixture around the pan quite quick enough… yet. But I was quite pleased with myself… and was delighted that my mum, dad and brother liked them and had 3 each! :D :D :D

Pancakes

Since then, I’ve helped to make Mince Pies with gluten-free flour (which believe me, is very, very hard! :D), helped chop the chicken and leeks for yesterday’s cheese, leek and chicken casserole, and much more! I’ve felt really enthusiastic about cooking, and made myself a goal to learn to cook well! :D

I think one of the things that really inspired me to want to cook was watching Masterchef, and reading the Masterchef Cookbook (Which I might just have to buy; I only got it out of the library!) I was also very inspired by Heston Blumenthal and The Fat Duck! :D I absolutely looooooooooved the look of his dessert- The BFG (Black Forest Gateau). I thought the idea of using the chocolate paint to almost hide the 9 layers of perfection beneath was amazing! Ingenious! And the bacon and egg ice cream, such a strange… and yet beautiful dish. I love how Heston turns meals on their heads… Savory lollipops…… hot AND iced tea…… snails that actually taste nice :D I was really inspired by his cooking! Inspired to cook and experiment, inspired to help mum in the kitchen at any opportunity, inspired to start keeping a cookery notebook… inspired to want to  learn to cook well!

Super Sweet Blogging Award

Thanks to Soni for nominating me for this delicious award :D

Now, this is one of my favourite awards… but there is just one thing wrong with it…

… It makes me REALLY REALLY hungry and makes me crave chocolate and coffee cake and lemon drizzle…

… and chocolate buttons… and date flapjack… and chocolate macaroons… and toffee apple and whipped cream.. and iced buns…

… AAAAAARRRRRRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHHH! :D

Cookies or Cake?

Cake any time! Especially if it’s lemon drizzle or coffee cake :D

Chocolate or Vanilla?

I like Vanilla a lot, but I think I’ll still have to go with chocolate :D

What’s Your Favourite Sweet Treat?

Flapjacks. Always has been. Always will be :D

When Do You Crave Sweet Things The Most?

When I see pictures of them ;-)

If You Had A Sweet Nickname, What Would It Be?

I’m not really sure If I would like to have a sweet nickname… :D … Okay, okay! :D … Rock-Cake… sweet but hard ;-)

Here are my nominees:

http://mylegophotoblog.wordpress.com/

http://weirdlight.wordpress.com/

http://krahnpix.wordpress.com/

http://silverbirchpress.wordpress.com/

http://tworivers58.wordpress.com/

http://owladay.wordpress.com/

http://ullahennig.wordpress.com/

To those who I’ve nominated, these are the rules of the award-

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you for the award
  2. Nominate other bloggers who you think deserves the award
  3. Answer five simple but super sweet questions

Sticky Date and Oat Flapjack (Deeelicious!!)

Now this recipe will make you the most delicious pudding ever. A sticky date and oat flapjack. Now, I first got this recipe from Ocado, but modified it a bit. Go to Ocado for the original recipe.

  • 200g chopped, dried dates
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 200g goats’ butter
  • 200g light soft brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 300g oats (soaked oats are better for digestion)

What’s Your Favourite Chocolate Bar?