Pancake Tuesday🥞

Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Tuesday is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Shrove Tuesday marks the beginning of Lent in the Catholic tradition. This year, Shrove Tuesday falls on February 16th. Shrove Tuesday is followed by Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Lent lasts for 40 days and Christians traditionally fast or give up certain foods. The forty days represent the time that Jesus spent fasting in the desert. Pancake Tuesday falls 47 days before Easter. The word shrove derives from the word shrive, meaning to present oneself for confession, penance and absolution.

Why do people eat Pancakes on this day?

In times gone by, people used to prepare for the fast by using up all of the ingredients they had in their kitchen (eggs, milk, flour,butter..!)

Pancake Topping ideas
  • Strawberries/Raspberries and cream
  • Strawberries/Raspberries and vanilla icecream
  • Nutella and banana
  • Bacon and maple syrup
  • Honey and lemon
  • Lemon and sugar

The picture above was taken in a lovely place called Java’s Creperie and Cafe Francais while in town with one of my besties Niamh not too long ago 🛍️🥞👧👧

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Have a flippin’ great Pancake Day!🍳🥞


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American Style Pancakes Recipe🥞

With over two weeks to go until Pancake Tuesday (February 16th), I have decided to practice my pancake-making skills. I enjoyed these American Style pancakes for breakfast served with yoghurt and strawberries, however they can be served with whatever toppings you like. This is an easy recipe and it didn’t take long to make these yummy thick and fluffy pancakes.

You will need:
  • 125g/4oz Odlums Self Raising Flour
  • 1 tablespoon Shamrock Golden Caster Sugar (optional)
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 Egg
  • 150ml/¼ pint Milk
  • Oil for frying

Sieve flour and salt into a bowl, stir in the sugar (if using)

Add the egg and beat while adding the milk. Mix until mixture becomes smooth.

Heat a little oil on a pan and drop spoonfuls of batter onto pan. When mixture is puffed and bubbling on top, turn and cook on other side.

Serve warm with your favourite toppings and enjoy🍓

Jo

https://www.odlums.ie/recipes/american-style-pancakes/

Nutella Swirls Recipe🍫

This recipe is by Irish blogger Niamh O’Sullivan and turned out delicious. I enjoyed two Nutella Swirls each morning served with some natural yoghurt and granola. These Nutella Swirls are a great breakfast option if you’re feeling like something sweet, snack or dessert and I look forward to making them again.

1 sheet puff pastry

Two heaped dessert spoons of Nutella

1 beaten egg

Icing sugar to decorate

Preheat oven to 190C.Spread Nutella over pastry.

Roll-up pastry and cut into pieces.

Brush the egg mixture over the seal of the pastry and add a little on top of the pinwheels. Place on a parchment lined oven tray and bake for approximately 18-20 minutes, or until golden and puffed.

Remove from oven and allow to cool. Once cooled, sift icing sugar over the top of the swirls. Enjoy!


Jo

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Smoothie Bowl Tips 🥣

Yes, a smoothie- in a bowl, eaten with a spoon. 🥄🍓
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Below are some tips to help you make the perfect smoothie bowl✨


-To make a Smoothie Bowl thick:
  • Use just enough liquid to keep things moving in your blender when using frozen fruit.
  • Blend slowly.
  • Add a scoop of oats or chia seeds to thicken your smoothie.
  • Frozen banana or half an avocado makes a smoothie bowl thick and creamy when pureed rather than icy
-Frozen fruit
  • Make the base thick and cool.
  • Peel bananas and put them in a plastic bag before placing in the freezer the night before. Frozen bananas add a creamy texture to smoothie bowls.
-Chill your bowl before you start
  • Place the bowl in the freezer while preparing your ingredients to keep your smoothie bowl cooler for longer.
-Toppings
  • Toppings make your smoothie bowl fun and add texture and colour. There are lots of possible combinations.
  • Topping ideas: fruit, coconut flakes, desiccated coconut, granola, chia seeds, walnuts, flaked almonds, cacao nibs,drizzle of honey, nut butter, cinnamon

Have you ever made a smoothie bowl? Comment below if you have any other tips and subscribe✨


Jo

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Cinnamon French Toast with Rich Dark Cherry Yogurt Recipe🍞

I have never made French Toast before so I was looking forward to trying this delicious recipe by Glenisk. The French Toast is served with Glenisk Organic Greek Style Rich Dark Cherry Yogurt. This recipe turned out great and I would definitely make this French Toast again for a treat.

1-2 tsp Cinnamon
4 Medium eggs
1 tbsp Vanilla Essence
8 Slices Whole meal/brioche or sourdough bread
2 tbsp Oil
200g Glenisk Organic Greek Style Rich Dark Cherry Yogurt

Garnish (optional)
Fresh fruit and icing sugar

 

Crack the eggs into a bowl and whisk, add vanilla essence and combine. Place a pan on medium heat. Drizzle with oil.

Pick the bread up with a fork and dip back and front in egg mixture, do this one at a time.

Transfer the egg dipped pieces of bread to the preheated pan and fry for a minute on either side until golden and the egg mixture is cooked.

Sprinkle French toasts with cinnamon and icing sugar and serve with Dark Cherry Yogurt and fresh fruit.


Jo

https://glenisk.com/recipes/cinnamon-french-toast-with-dark-cherry-yogurt

Raspberry and Apple Smoothie Recipe🍏

  • 2 apples, cored
  • 150g frozen raspberries
  • 150ml natural yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp porridge oats
  • 100ml milk

Tip all ingredients into a blender or smoothie maker and blitz until smooth, adding 50ml water or milk if it’s too thick.

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/raspberry-and-apple-smoothie

Blueberry Smoothie Recipe

This recipe serves 2. This smoothie has a thick consistency and I enjoyed it with my breakfast this morning.

ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 2 cups plain yoghurt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup ice cubes

method

  • In a blender, combine the blueberries, yoghurt, milk, honey and ice.
  • Puree until smooth.

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https://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/very-blueberry-smoothie

Coconut Milk Smoothie Recipe🥥

This recipe is by myrecipes and serves 4. This smoothie has a thick consistency due to the yoghurt and I prefer this recipe to the Strawberry-Coconut Smoothie Recipe I made recently.

ingredients

  • 1 10-ounce bag frozen berries
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup plain yoghurt
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons honey

method

  • In a blender, puree the berries, bananas, yoghurt, coconut milk and honey. Serve.
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https://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/coconut-milk-smoothie

https://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/coconut-milk-smoothie

Pineapple & Banana Smoothie Recipe🍍🍌

I enjoyed this refreshing smoothie with my breakfast this morning while sitting outside in the sun.

4 ice cubes

¼ fresh pineapple-peeled, cored and cubed

1 large banana, cut into chunks

1 cup pineapple or apple juice (I used apple juice)

method

  • Place ice cubes, pineapple, banana and apple juice in a blender and process until smooth and thick.

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https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/138159/pineapple-and-banana-smoothie/

Summer in Salthill🍦

Salthill is one of my favourite places to go for a walk. I went there yesterday and it was very busy as it was a sunny day. I went with one of my best friends Niamh (Niamhus) after we went for brunch. We walked the promenade and went on the ferris wheel that is beside Leisureland before buying a cool drink at Centra and sitting by the sea. The Salthill prom in County Galway is a lovely place for a walk, especially when the weather is good. ☀️

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Neev

Jo and Tara

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