Saturday was a very exciting day in the Allen household as we welcomed a new addition to the kitchen. After work on Tuesday we drove over to BrandSmart (a scary, scary warehouse abundantly full of overpoweringly luminous signage, loud music and bargain electrical goods. If this were Plymouth I’d say the place was full of Janners, whatever the Atlanta equivalent is, it was packed with them.) and found a range we both liked. We ended up spending a little more than we had planned to, (I kind of talked Bill into getting the more expensive model with the warming drawer, the extra oven shelves and the fancy stove top) but we are both very happy with the purchase. I have also had to swear to never eat out ever again, and bake Bill lots of cookies.
Anyway, it arrived on Saturday and it’s beautiful and shiny. No more constant pilot lights heating up the oven and kitchen 24 hours a day for us. No more getting on my hands and knees and battling dog hair and grime to attempt cheese on toast as the grill (broiler) is in the main oven and not under the cooker. Hmm…still need to test out the grill though…no idea why I haven’t yet.
Bill sets the range up
Kay’s tummy hugs the cooker!
Most importantly of course, the cooker has arrived in time for Pancake Day! Tonight many pancakes will be tossed, smothered in sugar and lemon and scoffed. Hoorah!
And for those who have forgotten the recipe, or simply can’t be arsed to go look one up:
How To Make Pancakes!
100g (4 oz) plain flour
pinch of salt
300 ml (1/2 pint) milk
Sift the flour and salt in a bowl and make a well in the centre. Break in the egg and beat well with a wooden spoon, then gradually beat in the milk, drawing in the flour from the sides to make a smooth batter.
Leave to stand for an hour if possible.
Heat the frying pan with a little oil and pour enough batter to cover the area needed. Cook until the top is dry, and then either toss or turn the pancake and cook the other side until brown and yummy and delicious looking.
Sprinkle with sugar, chop up the lemon and squeeze juice over the sugar layer. Roll pancake up and munch heartily while congratulating oneself on ones culinery prowess. Love the pancake!
(Don’t forget, these pancakes should be made into proper British flat pancakes that go all crinkly at the edges, not thick slabs of pancakes!)
Oooh can’t wait for pancakes!