I am quite the sucker for one foodstuff dressed up as another. Like this idea I had: Ginger Crunch Pikelets. That's what the title of this blog post refers to by the way. Not Valentine's Day. In case you were wondering. I like you people, but we're not that familiar.
Straightening your tablecloth is so uh... bourgeois? Un-creative? Something I didn't spot at the time of taking this photo?
Well let me bring it back to the subject: the pikelets have all the spicy heat and toffeed sweetness of the biscuity slice, but now with the added frivolousness of being a small round shape, fried in oil. If you do want to make the original slice itself, that's still a sensible and delicious pursuit, and here's my Ginger Crunch recipe. And while plain pikelets spread with a pikelet-sized dab of butter are perfect as is, they're not so sacred that they can't be tutu-ed with.
I'm very pleased with these. To be witheringly honest with myself, they could do with being a little lighter - maybe buttermilk or half milk half yoghurt could take care of that? If need be, I would guess you could use soymilk too - in fact the one time I made pancakes with soymilk they were the most fluffiest, lightest and satin-surfaced I'd ever had.
Ginger Crunch Pikelets
Recipe by me.
1/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup milk, buttermilk, yoghurt or a mixture
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon golden syrup
1 tablespoon plain oil (I used rice brain)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/4 cup demerara/raw sugar
Soak the oats in the milk, water and golden syrup while you gather everything else. Whisk in everything except the dry ingredients, then fold them in gently. Fry in heaped tablespoons in a nonstick pan over a lowish heat. When bubbles form on top of the little spheres of cooking batter, use a spatula to ease under their surface and flip them over. Spread with butter if you like, but definitely serve drizzled with more golden syrup. If you don't have raw sugar regular brown sugar's fine, but the crunchy nature of it adds a little extra something.
Also note: altitude/number of years they've been sitting in your pantry/brand etc will affect your oats - the mixture shouldn't be too thick, so if it looks more like scone dough, add more milk. Pikelet batter is pretty forgiving, so you should end up with something edible no matter what happens.
The scattering of oats keeps these densely filling, while the sticky golden syrup and granular raw sugar mellows out the ground ginger's potent heat, which itself spices up the otherwise plain landscape of the pikelet. I made them for pudding, with the plan of having some leftover to reheat for a mid-morning snack the next day, but they would stand in happily for any meal, I think.
And you can make a pikelet golden syrup sandwich!
So, Whitney Houston, huh? I am really saddened by this news of her death. Mariah Carey has always been the diva I connect with most - might be something to do with my age, even - but Whitney's vocal flawlessness and control and the conveying of emotion in her songs, from the intense joy of I Wanna Dance With Somebody to the intense stoicism of "they can't take away my dignity" (seriously, who could get away with using the words "my dignity" in a song? Not many, if any) is something I've always appreciated. From a distinct but shady-edged memory of everyone singing I Will Always Love You at a family party, to the amount of times I quote "It's not right but it's okay", Whitney: RIP.
What else has been happening? I got my practical, everyday-applicable gold dress fixed, but couldn't fix my ability to catch the camera at the wrong time:
This was the least awkward of like, 17 photos. On Friday we had a GGG night (that's Gin and Gossip Girl) which descended into a 90s YouTube video dance party...on Saturday we watched a whole lot of Veronica Mars...on Sunday we played the board game version of Game of Thrones...The whole weekend was essentially a celebration of television. We are clearly the coolest people you will ever meet.
Title via: Okay, we've covered why it's here. 2 Become 1 was the Spice Girls' first ballad, a chance to reach out to the fairly lucrative Adult Contemporary, MOR, Easy Listening audience (see how lucrative they are by all these ways of describing them?) but with a subtle yet bold safe-sex message for everybody ("put it on, put it on") and a sweet yet darkly wintery melody reflected in the AMAZING coats they all wore in the music video. And then that final bit with them all individually swaying and then a deer appears? It's quite perfect.
Whitney Houston - as I said on my Facebook page, her take on I Know Him So Well from Chess with her mother, Cissy Houston, is glorious.
Shy Guy, Diana King. This song was one such track that got thoroughly danced to on Friday night. You'll know it even if you don't recognise the title - it is glorious.
Next time: I had this really awesome meringue idea but I might save it for a while. I've scored the Meat-free Mondays book and it is GORGEOUS, so perhaps it'll be something from there. Peace!