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21 February 2013
As you all know Shrove Tuesday dawned on us last week, however my brother was away on tour in Dublin and didn't have a chance to stuff his face like the rest of us, so now that he's back I thought it was a perfect excuse to have a second Pancake Day.
Pancakes are very easy to make so if, like me, you are slightly challenged in the cooking department, fear not as I have actually made these many a time before to much delight so if I can manage it anyone can!
This recipe makes approximately 12 pancakes.
(As my brothers are so greedy we always end up doubling the mixture so adjust accordingly!)
- 100g plain flour
- 2 large eggs
- 250ml milk
- pinch of salt
- large bowl
- strawberries / blueberries / banana / double cream / nutella / maple syrup / icing sugar / whatever else you fancy!
First start by sifting your flour into your bowl - this will make sure your mixture doesn't turn out lumpy.
Add your eggs to the flour. (I cracked mine into a separate bowl first to make sure I didn't get any shell in my mix but if you're feeling brave crack 'em straight into the bowl!)
Whisk them together until the flour and egg become one. Don't worry, it's not meant to look pretty at this point.
Then gradually add your milk to the mix, while continuing to whisk.
When your mixture is smooth and runny you know it's done.
Heat your pan over a medium heat and pop in a small dollop of butter. When it starts to melt, tilt the pan and swirl the butter around to grease up the surface.
Pour a ladle full of your mix into the center of your pan and spread it out gently using a circular motion with the bottom of the spoon.
When little bubbles start popping up on the surface you know it's time to flip that pancake. Either use your spatula to do this, or if you feel like showing off then go ahead and toss it.
Once both sides have been cooked and are golden brown, put your pancake on a tray and place it on the bottom shelf of your oven on a very low heat.
Once you've made as many pancakes as you think you'll be able to manage, have your toppings at the ready...
Go wild and enjoy!
Hope this was helpful and that you all enjoyed some yummy pancakes last week!
18 February 2013
Yesterday I went Western riding with a couple of friends, and with it I think I discovered the perfect way to spend a Sunday morning.
We booked a week in advance so when the weekend rolled up I was eager to get back into the saddle. Our session was at 11am and we were welcomed to Bells Farm by two of the cutest Jack Russells I have ever seen. First we had to fill out a short form regarding contact details and level of experience, but once that was done Rachel, the lovely lady who runs the farm, asked us how much previous riding we all had so she could decide which horse we would be best suited to. We soon found out that all the horses were so impeccably well behaved that it wouldn't have mattered too much, it was more a case of personality preference.
My friend L who is a beginner rider, and M who used to take lessons a few years back were matched with very laid-back horses, whilst B and myself who are slightly more confident rode horses that were more forward-going (or 'had a little jiggle in their step' as Rachel described it).
Before mounting our trusty steeds Rachel talked us through a few basic things about Western riding. The only slight worry I had was the difference in reign length - in Western you give a much longer reign which I thought would make me feel less in control but once we got going I soon felt completely at ease.
The ride took us onto the Calstone and Cherhill Downs where we saw some really wonderful views of the British countryside. I apologise that this sounds completely cheesy but with the brilliant blue from the near cloud-less sky, and the bright sun shining down on us it really made me appreciate the beauty of just being outdoors. Okay putting the cheese away now, promise.
Apart from the lovely scenic route the ride was also a success because of the relaxed vibe and being in the company of friends. We walked and trotted most the way but once we got to the top and reached a long clear stretch we all cantered which is my favourite pace as it is so comfortable, especially in a Western saddle.
When we returned back to the farm Rachel taught us how to untack the horses and then we each took a curry comb and helped brush them down. I love how she allowed us to be more hands-on.
It's safe to say the four of us left with terrible hat hair and smelling profoundly of horse but having thoroughly enjoyed our Sunday morning.
If you live in South West England and would like to try out Western Riding then click the link here to find out more. I would strongly recommend it if you are already a rider and are looking to try your hand at something a little different, or even if you have never ridden before and just want to have a unique experience I guarantee you will have a good time!
Don't worry if you have no riding gear of your own, there are helmets there to borrow and Rachel was even kind enough to lend my friends body-warmers as she knew it would be chilly up on the downs. However you will need appropriate footwear, such as a boot with a flat sole and small heel. I would also recommend wearing gloves as your hands may get a little cold! - something with a bit of grip would be best.
For the rest of the day I ate hot-cross buns and watched Toy Story 2 with my brother... Never too old for Toy Story!
Hope you had a lovely Sunday too!
P.S. I'm really annoyed I forgot to bring a camera with me so here is a picture of my grubby riding boots and hat instead!
17 February 2013
So I've just set up my blog (finally!! - let's just say I'm not the brightest bulb in the pack when it comes to computers).
I love reading other people's blogs and have always loved writing and taking photographs so I figured this would be a great way to combine the two.
I am currently on my gap year(/life) and will hopefully be setting off for a bit of travelling next year so stay tuned to hear about some of my adventures! But in the mean time LIBELLE will be my very own little corner of the internet where I will be sharing my thoughts on anything and everything and posting a snapshot or few about my life.
Hope you enjoy!
Hope you enjoy!