I went to a free hoola hooping class in town on Sunday morning and the boys met me and we walked down to the botanics for the furniture exhibition, which I’m hoping to blog next week. Followed by the Water of Leith Bistro of course!
Lookit here, a topical post, I’m not sure this has ever happened before! Since it’s pancake day tomorrow, today I’m showing you some extra fluffy American style pancakes with all the added ingredients – raspberries, blueberries AND roasted chopped hazelnuts. Just in cake you fancy that little bit extra!
You could use fresh fruit, I just used frozen because we always have some in the freezer.
- 270g self raising flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 4 tbsp maple syrup
- 260ml milk
- 2 large or 3 small eggs
- a small blob of butter (20g maybe), melted
- handful or frozen raspberries, crumples into small peices
- Handful of frozen blueberries
- 3tbsp roasted chopped hazelnuts
- extra butter or oil for frying
- Sift dry ingredients into a bowl
- Mix everything else
- Pour milk mix into four mix and mix until smooth
- Leave to stand until frozen berries have thawed a little (I left about half an hour)
- Heat butter in a pan, and pour in a small ladleful or batter
- Fry and flip over when the top of the pancake begins to bubble
Serve freshly our of the pan!
Long time readers may remember that last winter (a year ago! OMG, time goes too quickly), I did some lino printing classes with Jenni Douglas, so I was super excited when she announced that she would be taking over the old Century General Store on Marchmont Road to open her own shop, and we went to visit on Sunday. It all looked so pretty as you might expect with all the brightly coloured products. It’s pretty much the same set up as it was before, it’s mainly a shop with a table in the window (no picture as there was someone sat at it. They did offer to move but I felt bad), and one outside, though she did say she plans to add more outside seating as the weather improves. The thing I’m most looking forward to is the classes she’ll be running. They’ll be small, just 4-6 people, inside the main shop space. From April, hopefully!
Oh, and I bought that little succulent owl in the last picture. It’s our first succulent, can you believe it, only 6 years or so after they started being everywhere. I don’t really like having plants in the house, I am not green fingered at all, and I worry I might kill them. Hopefully this one is hardy enough to survive being mistreated!
Jenni also has a website in case you’re not local.
We had coffee at the new jenni douglas shop/cafe in Marchmont (proper post coming on Wedmesday), and the boys got chocolate bees
We’ve also had a bit of a weird switch with the buggy since Ellis has become obsessed with riding on the boogie board, Milo has now become super lazy and sits in the buggy seat
Both from the Secret Herb Garden this week! Milo driving the red taxi Ellis being carted about on the back of the trike!
Today I’ve got a bit of testknitting to show you! It’s the Elliot baby cardigan by my friend Kristin Blom. This is only my second time test knitting, I’ve always shied away from it because I am such a slow knitter, but the deadline was nice and loose for this and I really enjoyed it! I don’t know if it’s sad, but I just really enjoy making written things better (editing and commenting on reports is a big part of my job), and knitting patterns are no exception, apparently. I did miss a few mistakes in the pattern, the main one being that the arms are way way too narrow – didn’t take a picture of the cardie lying flat but it’s really very obvious! As you can see the budy is still biggish on Ellis, but I supect we won’t be able to wear this until he grows into in in case the sleeves cut off his circulation. This was actually corrected pretty quickly, but as I was working from a print out over Christmas I missed the change being put on the google doc.
Oh, and I learnt to knit two sleeves at the same time using magic loop! Magic! It was a nightmare to set up, and for the first five rows I swore I would never do this again, then it stopped being fiddly and was great and I had two sleeves in no time! Other than that it was a fun knit, obviously being baby sized helps in go along quicker. I did hate picking up the stiches along the bottom band and the button band, because I hate picking up stitches, but apart from that it flew along.
The yarn I used was cascade 220 sport. I bought 4 skeins but ended up just needing 3, So I’m considering masking another one with two colours, using the purple for the lacy bits. Anyone have any thoughts on which colour would go with this greyey purple (amusingly called ‘rainier heather’ which I now understand to be because of Mt. Rainier, but I still find pretty funny)? All the colours here – I was thinking maybe this greyey brown? Or maybe just grey?
More pictures coming up below – sorry not sorry!
P.S. After my comments last week about lack of modelling cooperation from Ellis, he was a champ here, particularly in the outside pictures!
We were out and about with Ellis while Milo was at German school on Saturday, and he wanted to ride on the boogie board
Milo made this mask for his German school Fasching party. He has yet to put it on form more than two seconds though!