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With lent just on the horizon and many of us vowing to give up some unhealthy (albeit delicious) eating habits, pancakes are the traditional dish for Shrove Tuesday. Whether you prefer american pancakes or classic crepes, we have the perfect recipe for both! 

 

FLUFFY AMERICAN PANCAKES

American Pancakes

INGREDIENTS

Serves 4
100g plain flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
pinch salt
generous pinch caster sugar
15g butter
1 egg
150ml milk
butter or oil, for frying

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl and add the salt and sugar. Make a well in the centre.
  2. Melt the butter and leave to cool a little. Beat the egg and add to the well with the milk and the cooled melted butter. Beat into the flour using the batter method. Leave to stand in the fridge for 20 minutes before using. Heat the oven to its lowest setting.
  3. Heat a knob of butter or 1 tablespoon oil in a frying pan until hot, then add small ladlefuls of the mixture. Cook over a medium high heat for 30–45 seconds, or until the pancakes puff up and brown, then turn and cook the second side. Keep warm in the low oven or wrapped in a tea towel while you cook the rest of the pancakes. You will need to cook 1 large or 2 smaller pancakes per person.
  4. Serve the pancakes with a spoonful each of compote and crème fraîche.

These pancakes are also ideal to serve for breakfast or brunch, as above or with fresh berries and a sifting of icing sugar, or maple syrup and crispy bacon.

Recipe from Leiths.com by Sophie Hibbert

 

CRÊPES

crepes

INGREDIENTS

Makes about 12

100g plain flour
Pinch of salt
1 egg, plus 1 extra yolk
300ml milk
1 tbsp sunflower or light olive oil
30g unsalted butter, for frying

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl. Make a well in the centre. Beat the egg and extra yolk in a small bowl with a fork and add them to the well.
  2. Stir in the eggs, concentrating your stirring only in the eggs, gradually drawing in four from around the edge. Don't force the flour in, it will be incorporated automatically as you stir the eggs.
  3. As the egg mixture becomes thicker, add a little milk to loosen it, then keep stirring. Continue like this until all the flour has been incorporated. Beat to ensure the thick mixture is smooth, then add the remaining milk and oil. Chill the batter in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, which allows the starch cells in the flour to swell (so lightening the batter).
  4. When ready to use, check the consistency of the batter; it should be a thin cream consistency. Pour it into a jug.
  5. Melt the butter and set aside in a small bowl. Place a small non-stick frying pan (about 16cm diameter) over a low to medium heat. Wipe out the pan with kitchen paper dipped in melted butter.
  6. Pour a little of the batter into the frying pan, just enough to thinly coat the bottom of the pan. about 1-2 mm thick. As you pour the batter in, swirl the pan to encourage the batter to cover the bottom completely, then pour off any excess, back into the jug. Return the pan to the heat and use a palette knife to trim away any batter left up the side of the pan from pouring excess batter back into the jug.
  7. After 1-2 minutes, use the palette knife to release and lift the edge of the crêpe to check the colour on the underside.
  8. When golden brown, use the palette knife and your fingertips to turn the crêpe over. Cook the second side until golden, 1-2 minutes, then carefully remove it from the pan to a plate.
  9. As the pancakes are cooked, stack them interleaved with strips of greaseproof paper (about 3cm wide). This will help to keep the crêpes separate as they are piled up. Repeat with the remaining batter, wiping out the pan with kitchen paper dipped in the melted butter for each crêpe.

Recipe from Leiths.com

 

We hope you enjoy making these recipes this pancake day! If you need a place to store your items, visit Room2Spare.com  and check out our indoor self storage rooms and indoor containers. 

Everyone gets stressed at one point or another. The best way to deal with stress is to pin point the area that is getting you most stress rather than turning to unhealthy stress reliving habits. 

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Here are the top 10 best ways to reduce Stress:

1. Be Active

Exercise is a great way to relive stress. Even though it won't make your stress disappear, it does reduces the emotional intensity of stressful situations. It gives you a chance to clear your thoughts and deal with the issue in a calm manner.

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2. Take Control

"If you remain passive, thinking, 'I can't do anything about my problem', your stress will get worse," says Professor Cooper. "That feeling of loss of control is one of the main causes of stress and lack of well being."

Taking control of a situation is empowering and helps you to find a solution to your problem. 

 

3. Connect with People

Colleagues, friends, and family are great to have in your life, not only will they support you with your issues but they can help you see your issue from a different perceptive. 

Friends also give you a chance to relax and have a laugh, which is a great stress reliever. 

 

4. Have some "Me Time"

Everyone needs time to themselves, whether it's to socialise with others, relaxing, or exercising. It is recommended to set aside a couple of nights every week for some quality "me time". 

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5. Challenge Yourself

Setting yourself challenges outside of your work, helps you to build confidence which will help with stress. So try setting yourself a challenge like learning a new language or learning a new skill! 

 

6. Avoid Unhealthy Habits

Don't rely on unhealthy habits to cure your stress, such as smoking or drinking alcohol. Long term, these crutches will not solve your issue and will just cause more problems down the road. 

 

7. Help Other People

Volunteering and community work  help to build up your resilience.

"Helping people who are often in situations worse than yours will help you put your problems into perspective," says Professor Cooper. "The more you give, the more resilient and happy you feel."

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8. Work Smarter, Not Harder

Working smarter is where you can prioritise important work that will make a difference rather than concentrating on unimportant tasks. You need to accept that you will always have things to do.

 

9. Try to be Positive

Look for the positives in life and be grateful. Looking at your issues with a "glass half full" perspective can help reduce the stress you feel. 

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10. Accept the Things you can't Change

There will be times when you cannot change a situation. Instead of focusing on these issues, try to focus on what you can change. 

 

Hope these tips helped! And remember... Don't Stress, Do your Best, Forget the Rest! 

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The joy of October is not only the changing of leaves, but the chance to get creative and carve pumpkins into any design you want! Here are our top 10 tips to create the perfect carved pumpkins! 

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1. Cut from the Bottom, Not the Top!

Michael Natiello, pumpkin carving pro, says cutting the "lid" from the bottom of the pumpkin helps prevent the sides from caving in later. 

 

2. If you do carve from the top, cut out the lid on an angle.

This way it won't drop inside the pumpkin when you replace it, like it would with a straight up-and-down cut. 

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3. Scoop out all the pulp — and then some.

Use an ice cream scoop to scoop out all the pumpkin goop! Thin the inner wall of the "face" area to 1¼-inch thick, so it will be easier to pierce the shell.

 

4. Sketch out your design on paper first.

If you draw your jack-o'-lantern face to size, Natiello says you can use it as a pattern: Just tape it to the front of your pumpkin and use a fork or pencil to poke holes along the lines you want to carve. 

 

5. Use Cookie Cutters for easy Shapes! 

Use a cookie cutter to create quick and sharp looking shapes! Simply use a hammer to get the cookie cutter to go through the pumpkin skin. 

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6. Start by making simple rough cuts. 

If you get the big pieces of pumpkin out of the way first, you can go back and clean up the edges of your design later.

 

7. Don't cut all the way through the skin!

Don't cut all the way through the skin, this lets the pumpkin glow all the way through rather than just near the bottom! 

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8. Keep your pumpkin fresh.

Spread petroleum jelly on the cut edges to seal in moisture. If your pumpkin still shrivels a few days later, you can revive it with a face down soak in cold water for up to eight hours.

 

9. Create a chimney.

First, leave the lid on for a few minutes while the candle burns. Then make a small hole where the lid has blackened. Or, save yourself the stress and go with battery-operated votives instead.

 

10. Sprinkle a little cinnamon inside the lid.

That way, when you light the candle, your jack-o'-lantern will smell like a pumpkin pie. Yum!

 

Hope you enjoyed all of these carved pumpkin tips! And if you need storage over Autumn, visit Room2Spare. We provide rooms and containers at Weston-Super-Mare for you to put in all your belongings. 

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