BERRY VALENTINES

This Valentine’s Day we are going to do things a little different.  There’s this pressure for couples to go on an extravagant dinner and spend a ton of money .  We often forget that sometimes less is more.  I sat down and thought about what I can do for you that’ll be budget friendly but still exhibit that romantic element. I am NOT demeaning restaurants who put in work on giving you the best of the best. I am just providing other options 🙂

Also, let’s not forget the single ladies and gents out there (This is especially for you). You don’t need a man or a woman to appreciate you, you can do that yourselves, am I right? Now let’s get cooking shall we?

This past weekend I prepared pancakes with a special twist to it. Read on and find out…

PANCAKES

Ingredients

  1.  Quick oats (1/3 cup)
  2.  Flax Seeds (1tbsp)
  3. Buttermilk (Fermented milk ‘maziwa mala’)  (500ml)
  4. Grated beetroots (1/2)
  5. Salt (1/4 tsp)
  6. Baking soda (1/4 tbsp)
  7. Baking powder (1 and 1/2 tsp)
  8. Nutmeg (1/2 tbsp)
  9. Cinnamon (1/2 tbsp)
  10. Cocoa powder (1/2 tbsp)
  11. White sugar (4 tbsp)
  12. Honey (4tbsp)
  13. Plain yoghurt (3/4 cup)
  14. Milk (3/4 cup)
  15. Melted butter (salted) – ideally, you’re supposed to use unsalted butter but I didn’t mind the salted one (1 tbsp)
  16. 2 beaten eggs
  17.  wheat flour/ self-raising flour (2 and 1/2 cups)
  18. Granola clusters
  19. Strawberries
  20. Blackcurrant jam

-I started off by soaking my oats and flax seeds in the buttermilk. In the meantime, I mixed the dry ingredients in a bowl – cocoa powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, salt, sugar and flour.

-For my wet ingredients, I whisked in a separate bowl – eggs, melted butter, buttermilk (which has the soaked oats and flax seeds), yoghurt, milk and honey.

-I then poured the wet mix into the dry mix and combined them with a whisk.

-I added the grated beetroot into the batter which gave it a lovely pink color. At this point, I couldn’t stop salivating. By the way, beetroots can act as food coloring which is a much much healthier option! You’re welcome. 🙂

-To smoothen the batter even further, I used the blender to give it a good mix.

-I like my batter thick but also slightly runny. So I added a bit more flour. Sometimes your measurements aren’t giving you the results you hoped for. So it’s okay to make adjustments.

-Now that my batter is ready, I heated my pan and greased it with butter. I poured about two tablespoons in for each pancake. I’m cooking them in low heat (but this depends on your pan. My pan is thicker and retains heat for longer.)

– Once you see bubbles forming on the pancake, it’s time to flip it over. But before that, I had this bright idea to sprinkle the top with granola before flipping it. I must say, it was worth it. My taste buds were singing kumbaya! That extra crunch was just what the pancakes needed.

–  After a minute or so, my first pancake was ready. And of course, we had to do quality control. It was PEEERFEEECT!!!!

– I have a family that loves pancakes so this batter mix made A LOT of pancakes that I even lost count. Good thing is that you can reduce the portions to fit your preference.

And to quench your thirst the healthy way…. Have a glass of …..

LEMONADE

Ingredients

  1. One (1) squeezed lime
  2. Chilled water
  3. Honey

PLATING

-I stacked up the pancakes on a plate.

-Sliced strawberries in half and placed them around the top of the stack

-Then added 1tsp of blackcurrant jam at the centre

-Sprinkled granola clusters

-Drizzled just a teaspoon of honey

If you want, drizzle some plain yoghurt too!

 

Eating in the dining or lounge is too main stream! I took it outside and soaked in the sun while enjoying my breakfast. So go ahead and start your day with these delicious pancakes. Who knows, maybe this will not just be a Valentine’s treat but a weekly treat too!

Bon Appétit!!!!

 

Love (for food) always,

Koko x Spice