Spicy Pumpkin Pikelets

My Favourite Pikelets

Spicy Pumpkin Pikelets myfavouritepastime.com_2299I have made several different piketets since I started this blog. The best description for a pikelet is a “Miniature Fluffy Pancake” or just a ‘Mini Pancake’. The ones I loved most were the Blueberry, Poppy Seed Orange and Currant and Lime, Pikelets. Then came these Spicy Pumpkin Pikelets. They are soft, fluffy, spicy, delicious and pretty looking too! I love them pretty things. I used canned, pure pumpkin puree. Please do not use pie filling, because it’s way to sweet.

Spicy Pumpkin Pikelets myfavouritepastime.com_2298When I made these pikelets, I was thinking of Halloween and the masses of pumpkins that adorn supermarket entrances and the front porches of most households in North America. What do you do with your Jack O’ Lanterns after Halloween? Someone suggested a little stock and seasoning to make a steaming pumpkin soup, or pumpkin milkshake or pancakes. Others disagreed because they are bland and stringy and not worth any trouble at all. I usually toss away mine. I wish you a fabulous week! Continue reading

Polenta Pancakes with Strawberries

My Favourite Pancakes

Polenta Pancakes with Strawberries myfavouritepastime.com_1772Polenta is a type of porridge or ‘cake’ or ‘bread’ made from yellow or white, coarsely or finely ground cornmeal. The cornmeal was traditionally mixed with water in the ratio of 3 parts water to one part ground cornmeal and then boiled and stirred for a period of about hour until it turned into a thick soft paste. This was served soft or transferred onto a flat plate and left to cool and stiffen like a cake. The ‘cake’ can be sliced and crisp-fried, grilled or baked in the oven. Polenta can be served with savoury or sweet dishes.

Polenta Pancakes with Strawberries myfavouritepastime.com_1774Today there is quick-cook polenta that can be cooked in minutes, in the microwave. The word polenta can also refer to the ground cornmeal. In this recipe polenta refers to the ground cornmeal, which is mixed with boiling water and left to cool then self-raising flour, eggs and butter is added to form a smooth batter. The resulting batter is set aside for 2 hours, and then fried as pancakes. We enjoyed eating these polenta pancakes for breakfast and hope you’ll love them too. Have a fantastic week! Continue reading

Currant and Lime Pikelets

My Favourite Pikelets

Currant and Lime Pikelets myfavouritepastime.com_1399Perhaps you call them Zante currants or Corinthian raisins or simply currants the way I’ve always known them. They have nothing to so with the black, red or white currants from the genus Ribe. If you come from the UK then you’ve had them in your old-fashioned Christmas pudding or just “pud” and if you come from other parts of the world you’ve probably had them in mince pies. I love using them for baking and add them to virtually anything and everything.

Currant and Lime Pikelets myfavouritepastime.com_1755Today I want to share my favourite pikelet recipe with lime and currants. I just love this combination. It results in soft and fluffy mini pancakes with a great aroma and taste. I bet you can add other dried fruits or grapes, but this is my most favourite and I can’t substitute it with anything else. Last night we had a huge thunderstorm that left me shaken. What is the weather like wherever you are? I hope it’s nice and cool, like here. I wish you a wonderful week!
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Buttermilk Pancakes

Cooking From: “I need a Feed”

Featured Buttermilk Pancakes myfavouritepastime.com_0467_2We had these pancakes for breakfast today and we absolutely loved them, so I decided to take photos and post the recipe. The original Gluten Free Recipe came from I need a Feed blog. I used all-purpose flour instead of gluten free flour; normal castor sugar instead of coconut palm sugar and normal baking powder instead of the gluten free one. I added ¼ cup more buttermilk than original recipe.

Buttermilk Pancakes myfavouritepastime.com_1437These pancakes are so easy to make (easy is my magic word these days) but they are also pleasant to eat. I have added the recipe to our repertoire of recipes and intend to make them at least once a week. Thank you Nell for this wonderful recipe. I’m sure I shall be browsing your blog for more of your wonderful recipes. For original Gluten Free Recipe, Click here: Continue reading

Blueberry Pancakes

Great for Breakfast

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The United Nations has declared March 20, 2013 the first International Day of happiness to underscore the commitment of its 193 member states to place a greater focus on happiness for their citizens. The aim of the UN international happiness day is to “promote happiness as a universal goal and aspiration in the lives of human beings around the world.”

If you are wondering how you are going to accomplish this happiness goal, you don’t need to worry because the ten key elements to a cheerful life have been innovatively coined into the acronym, GREAT DREAM: giving (not just money, but time, ideas and energy); relating (actively strengthening relationships); exercising (being active and getting enough sleep); appreciating  (taking note of the world around us); trying out (continuously learning new things); direction (having realistic goals); resilience (finding ways to bounce back); emotion (having positive emotions like, joy, gratitude, contentment, inspiration, and pride); acceptance (learning to accept who we are) and meaning (being part of the bigger picture).

On Monday, I talked about the need to have a bright orange piece or art or ornament, to remind us of the daily ‘struggle to happiness’. Now there’s more reason for us to get this ornament. For more information, on great dream, see actionforhappiness.org.

Today I want to share with you the recipe for blueberry pancakes. I made them over the weekend for breakfast and I really enjoyed eating them. If you manage to try out this recipe, please give me a feedback. I want to thank you for visiting this site.

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