WHO DOESN’T LOVE PANCAKE DAY,
…or to go by it’s more serious and far less appetising name, Shrove Tuesday.
I have always been a little confused as to why this religious festival, intended for reflection and life assessment, has become a day where millions of atheists around the world gather together to ferociously flip pancakes and eat them until they are sick – but who am I to argue with the power of the pancake.
And even though I’ve always been a pretty terrible pancake flipper, (they either end up straddling the pan handle, stuck together in a bad-omelette kind of way or on the floor) I’ll have a go every year.
Apart from this year – I tried a different sort of pancake – thanks again to my dear friend Instagram, whom I love very, very much. Linda Lomelino whose blog ‘Call me Cupcake’ I’ve mentioned before, posted one of her beautiful photographs with a quick recipe for little lemon and ricotta pancakes. I’m usually a simple flour, egg and milk one-cup-wonder and although I honestly don’t think you can beat a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkle of sugar I thought it would be nice to try something new.
And guys – they were really good. Fluffy, light, spongy, lightly crispy on their golden exteriors etc. etc. And they have no flour in them! Healthy bonus points! Recipe below…
I also managed to pinch some samples of the new Rustic Lace terracotta dinnerware today (which I’m unbearably excited about) to photograph these little treasures on. I hope you love it like I do! This new Katie Alice collection arrives in March and I’ll be taking it to the Country Living Spring Fair in London which I’m holding a stall at in March!
Such an exciting year ahead!
– From Linda Lomelino
LITTLE LEMON RICOTTA PANCAKES – SERVES 2
2 tbsp milk
1/2 cup ricotta
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
zest from one lemon
Combine all ingredients together in a blender and mix until smooth. Fry heaped tablespoon of the mixture in a little butter for a couple of minutes either side. I had mine with fresh berries and maple syrup but I imagine any number of toppings would be lovely.
P.S. I made my first giff and when I watch it I feel like a proud mother watching their child in school nativity