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/

Granola Recipe

Try this energy-boosting granola breakfast to start your day – it’s good for you! Serve with cold milk, yoghurt, or as a smoothie bowl topping. This recipe can be adjusted to suit your preferences.

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 125ml maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 300g rolled oats 
  • 50g sunflower seed
  • 4 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 50g pumpkin seeds
  • 100g flaked almond 
  • 100g dried berries (find them in the baking aisle)
  • 50g coconut flakes or desiccated coconut

Heat oven to 150C/fan 130C/gas 2. Mix the oil, maple syrup, honey and vanilla in a large bowl.

Tip in all the remaining ingredients, except the dried fruit and coconut, and mix well.

Tip the granola onto two baking sheets and spread evenly. Bake for 15 mins, then mix in the coconut and dried fruit, and bake for 10-15 mins more. Remove and scrape onto a flat tray to cool.

Serve with cold milk or yogurt. The granola can be stored in an airtight container for up to a month.


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https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/good-you-granola

World Mental Health Day🌍💚

Today is World Mental Health Day.

People are reminded to be aware of their mental health.

Below are a list of the small things we can do to take care of our mental health.

  • Be kind to yourself
  • Drink water
  • Eat less sugar
  • Go for a walk
  • Talk to a therapist
  • Make a gratitude list
  • Take deep breaths
  • Meditate
  • Establish a bedtime routine
  • Go outside
  • Get some sunshine
  • Limit phone time
  • Journal your feelings

Make your mental health a priority

Nobody is perfect

Asking for help is a sign of strength

You are loved

Surround yourself with people who are good for your mental health and self-esteem


More information

https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-mental-health-day/world-mental-health-day-2020

Support

https://www.samaritans.org/ireland/samaritans-ireland/

https://www.mentalhealthireland.ie/

http://www.jigsaw.ie

http://www.pieta.ie


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Peach Melba Smoothie Recipe🍑

This fresh, sweet smoothie serves 2 and it turned out delicious (:

ingredients

  • 410g can peach halves
  • 100g frozen raspberry, plus a few for garnish
  • 100ml orange juice
  • 150ml fresh custard

method

  • Drain and rinse peaches and place in a place in a blender with raspberries.
  • Add orange juice and fresh custard and whizz together.

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https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/peach-melba-smoothie

Vegan Tacos Recipe🌮

Disclaimer: not a vegan. This recipe by The Happy Pear serves 1. Ingredients can be varied according to your preferences, (vegan) cheese may also be used. Black beans may be used instead of red kidney beans.

ingredients

  • For the ‘Meat’
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 a red chilli
  • 100g oyster or button mushrooms
  • 4 tbsp tamari
  • 1 tin red kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • For the Salsa
  • 1 red onion
  • A handful of cherry tomatoes
  • Juice of one lime
  • Coriander
  • A ripe avocado
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin

To serve

Taco shells

vegan nacho cheese (optional)

method

  • Roughly chop mushrooms as well as some red and yellow peppers.
  • Add mushrooms to the pan, along with the tamrai.
  • Add your beans to the pan and mix.
  • Add peppers to the pan, mix and fry for another 2 minutes.
  • To make your salsa, chop your red onion, halve your cherry tomatoes and, after removing the skin and core, slice your avocado. Add these to a bowl along with the rest of the ingredients for your salsa, and mash with a fork.


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https://thehappypear.ie/recipes/vegan-tacos/

Lemon Curd and Blueberry Butterfly Fairy Cakes🍋🦋

I enjoyed making these fairy cakes. For a slightly healthier option, natural yoghurt or crème fraîche may be used instead of cream if preferred. Blueberries may be substituted with any other fruit. Chopped kiwi, grapes or other berries may work well too.

ingredients

  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 100g Caster Sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 lemon (finely grated zest only)
  • 100g Self-Raising Flour
  • 100g Unsalted Butter (softened)

To decorate

  • 150ml Fresh Cream
  • 125g Fresh Curd
  • 36 Blueberries
  • 1 tbsp Icing Sugar for dusting (optional)

method

  • Preheat the oven to 180°/gas mark 4. Line a 12-hole bun tin or fairy cake tin with fairy cake-sized paper cases.
  • Put all the ingredients for the fairy cakes in a large bowl and beat until smooth and well combined.
  • Divide the batter evenly between the paper cases. Bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes until lightly golden, risen and cooked through. A skewer should come out clean from the centre. Remove from the tin and leave to cool on a wire rack. Leave to cool.
  • Once cool, use a sharp knife to slice the top off each fairy cake to give a disc. Cut this in half and set the pieces aside. Spread an even amount of lemon curd on top of each fairy cake.
  • Whip the cream to soft peaks, then spoon a small dollop in the centre of each one.
  • Arrange two of the reserved fairy cake halves sitting upright on top of each one to resemble butterfly wings. Put three blueberries down the centre of each one. Dust with a little icing sugar.

fam feedback:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Mango, Passion fruit and Orange Smoothie Recipe🥭🍊

This was my first time to ever buy passion fruit so I had to look up how it is eaten. To eat a passion fruit raw, it is cut in half and a spoon is used to remove the pulp and seeds. The pulp and seeds are edible, the rind is not. Smoothies taste better slightly chilled, so always add a handful of ice to the mix.

ingredients

1 large ripe mango, peeled and cut into pieces

2 passion fruit, flesh scooped out

1 orange, peeled and cut into pieces

2 bananas, peeled and cut into pieces

method

  • Put the fruit in a blender and top up with 150ml water and a handful of ice. Whizz for about 1 minute until smooth, then pour into glasses and serve. This recipe serves 2.
🥭🍊

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https://realfood.tesco.com/recipes/mango-passion-fruit-and-orange-smoothie.html

Kiwi &Banana Smoothie Recipe🥝🍌

Kiwis aren’t my fruit of choice. Nevertheless, I decided to make a kiwi and banana smoothie this morning and it did not fail to disappoint.

ingredients

  • 3 kiwi fruit
  • 4 tablespoons organic porridge oats
  • 1 banana
  • 8 ice cubes
  • 200ml milk
  • 250g natural yoghurt
  • 1/2 cm piece fresh ginger (optional)
  • honey (optional)

method

  • Top and the tail the kiwi fruit and stand them on their ends. Slice the skin off in vertical strips with a sharp knife.
  • Whiz the kiwi fruit with the remaining ingredients, apart from the honey, in a blender for 30 seconds. Sweeten with a little honey, if you like.

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https://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/fruit-recipes/kiwi-fruit-ginger-and-banana-smoothie/

Let’s make a smoothie🍓🛒

Have you ever been grocery shopping and wondered what do I need to make my next smoothie? Well I have, so I composed a list of possible ingredients you may want to buy on your next shopping trip below✨🛒

  • Frozen strawberries/raspberries/cherries/mango chunks/mixed berries
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Bananas
  • Melon
  • Watermelon
  • Mango
  • Passionfruit
  • Grapefruit
  • Pineapple
  • Oranges/Satsumas/Clementines/Tangerines
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Apples
  • Pear
  • Peach
  • Prunes
  • Kiwi
  • Avocado
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Beetroot
  • Carrots
  • Sesame seeds
  • Honey
  • Vanilla extract
  • Peanut/almond butter
  • Oats
  • Coconut flakes
  • Protein powder
  • Ginger
  • Tumeric
  • Orange/Apple/Pineapple/Cranberry juice
  • Natural/Greek style/Coconut milk/Almond/Soya yoghurt
  • Skimmed/Low-fat/Full-fat/Coconut milk
  • Vanilla ice-cream
  • Mint sprigs/leaves

Comment below if you have any other suggestions and subscribe!✨💭


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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