The power of small, daily gifts, and events that bring joy and happiness is enormous. 'A happy life is just a string of happy moments' someone posted on Twitter (let's connect!) a few weeks ago. This inspired me to create posts about little, easy to do things, which show your appreciation and can cheer up someone's day (or you, nothing wrong with this) without costing too much. One of them is about a Memory Box, I have written a post about it which you can find here.
As a child I loved it when on Sunday mornings my mum would make pancakes. I could smell them in my room even before I stepped outside my comfy bed and room. I like to eat pancakes in all kinds of forms sweet or savoury, thin or thick, fluffy roped flat. They remind me of happy mornings so I just purely like them. It was definitely one of the highlights of the week for me, especially when they were in funky, different shapes.
Getting silicone pancake moulds could not be any easier. You can find them quickly online e.g. Amazon or in shops with kitchen appliances nearby. The one I have were from Poundstretcher. If you feel adventurous try to cut out shapes from your already made round pancakes (I failed to cut out a dinosaur). Pancakes themselves can look slightly unimpressive so when I am making them to cheer someone up I tend to make sweet little hearts. I think they just look cute and add this extra touch (or even when I want to cheer up myself).
|Silicon Heart Mould By Kingso|
If I can make pancakes, so can you (I am unfortunately an anti-cooking talent, trust me). The art of making pancakes could not be easier with the recipe below. All you need is just a cup to measure your ingredients.
(One large or two small)
Pinch of salt
1 cup of self-raising flour
(if you do not have self-raising flower just use plain and add half a spoon of baking powder)
3/4 cup of milk (or a full cup if mixture is too dense)
You are almost there, spray the pan with a butter spray or oil, cook pancakes on medium heat and... Voila!
Since I am always improvising a lot (probably more than I should) in the kitchen I additionally use various things to mix the flavours. On my pancakes, depending from my mood, you can find:
Carrot (I am adding to a mixture)
Icing Powder (I could use icing powder on most sweet dishes)
Fruits, especially Blueberries & Bananas
Strawberries, Mint and Balsamic Vinegar
Bacon (yes, bacon yet without maple syrup)
Food Colouring (rainbow pancakes)
One thing I won't add? Raisins. It's just a big no, no.
You do not have to stick to what you already know, try new toppings (chilli positively surprised me). You might find out that after all pancakes are not as plain and boring as some people say.