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February 24, 2020
Pictured: Pancakes served at Archive, Ramsgate (One of our favourite brunch spots) alongside our sustainable olive wood products.
Shrove Tuesday, celebrated yearly in the UK by skilfully throwing fried batter mixtures into the air and hoping for the best. It is also known as Pancake day or Mardi Gras to Catholics. It signifies the last day of eating traditionally fatty foods such as milk, butter and eggs before fasting, 40 days for lent. Pancakes, however have been a staple food in many cultures for years, so we thought we'd investigate some famous pancake recipes from around the world.
I may come under some scrutiny here, as every family I've ever known seems to have some sort of secret recipe, whether this be adding cinnamon or a pinch of baking soda. We have always adopted the approach of adding equal parts flour and milk, you can use a cup to measure, to a mixing bowl. Whisk together with two fresh, free range eggs and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Once golden on each side, not forgetting the famous 'Pancake Toss' which will inevitably leave you with half of what you started with, dowse in sugar and lemon juice.
You can make these vegan by removing the eggs and swapping out the milk for a Soya alternative. Try using some puréed banana to thicken.
*Made in Britain, Africa and I'm sure many other parts of the world. Precious Core has a great recipe for Cameroonian pancakes which is very similar.
Possibly the most simple and delicious of all the pancakes, these small fritter like cakes consist of mashed ripe bananas (or plantains) and tapioca flour. We've seen many vegan pancakes inspired by this simple, cost effective recipe.
Almost like a crepe, these thin rice batter pancakes are traditionally served with savoury spices and chutney as a breakfast dish. They are a historically valued source of protein throughout India, giving much needed energy to start the day with.
Doves farm does an excellent savoury gluten free Dosa recipe.
Very thin pancakes, the thinner the better, they're alternatively known as galettes if you're choosing a savoury topping. Originating in Brittany, their popularity has spread throughout The Netherlands, Belgium and Canada.
I've never been able to make crepes without them gluing themselves to the pan but Mon Petit Four's recipe looks delicious.
We'd love to know your secret recipe and if you have any tips and tricks to making the perfect pancake. Happy Frying!
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March 28, 2020
March 25, 2020
We know there’s a lot going on at the moment and everyone feels a little lost in all the uncertainty. With the situation and guidance changing every day, we - as a small business - have a lot to think about, including how we can continue to provide our services for our customers and our artisans.
As a sustainable business, we try our best to be as transparent as possible, especially concerning our supply chain. We know all of our artisans personally and have spent a long time forging friendships and working relationships together. Many of our small scale producers rely on our trade as their main source of income, shopping small has a direct impact on these communities. The same can be said for all small businesses, buying their products or using their services has a direct impact on the owners, their families and the groups of people that they work with.
March 22, 2020
It's Mother's Day 2020 and here I sit in our beautiful and closed shop in the Old town of Margate. The sky is blue, the sun is shining – everything looks normal. I'm in sorting out a few bits and bobs.
We are living through an impossible time. I really don’t know if I am coming or going. I haven’t stopped thinking about this for weeks now.
I have a son who lives on the other side of the world and today I wanted to write about being a mother in this time of uncertainty and instability. We were so excited a few weeks ago. Amy and myself were off on a development and sourcing trip to India in April. Plans were being made and the agenda was set. Part of the plan was to celebrate my son’s birthday on 16th April with him and his girlfriend. He has been living in Dubai for 4 years and is now taking some time off in Australia.