April 17, 2009

DIY Turning Lemons into Lemon, Vodka & Limes

(What Would Martha Do?)

Today whilst making out with a teaspoon as it emerged from a Nutella jar and having a great big internal dialogue waaaaah which sounded like;

Me: Damn those greedy, Zegna suit wearing, Porsche Cayenne driving fianance bastards for screwing with the whole world. Mmmm, velevty chocolate sugar hitting brain and making vision blurry... And damn stupid men. If men are from Mars why don't they all bloody stay there with their power tools and lawns to be mowed and superior navigation skills and leave everyone else friggen well in peace. Mmmmm... must scrape all chocolate out of corners... delicious Nutella... etc etc.

Yeah, it was as sad as it sounds.

But then, like divine light bursting through the clouds it was at once clear what I had to do. When times get tough, just ask - what would Martha Stewart do?

Well she probably wouldn't use Delia Smith's recipe, like I did, but I know for sure she would get baking.

Ingredients For Pancake Batter:
  • 110g/4oz plain flour, sifted
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 200ml/7fl oz milk mixed with 75ml/3fl oz water
  • 50g/2oz butter

Method for Pancakes:

You can follow Delia's instructions by clicking on the link above or do as I do - chuck all the stuff together and beat furiously until there are no lumps. Pour into a super hot frying pan and keep already finished pancakes in an oven set on low.

During tougher times when all that kerfuffle about rorting huge fortunes and defrauding everyone was hanging around Martha like the bad smell of a poorly kept pantry, she kept her head her and went on TV to make salad.

Whilst furiously chopping cabbage and being grilled by the anchor Jane Clayson, Martha kept on cooking, head down eyes boring into the bowl -
"I just want to focus on my salad." She huffed.

Rightly said, Martha. Sometimes life is about focussing on the salad and turning lemons into vodka-lemonades.

So I made pancakes and we were so stuffed afterwards that a happy sort of peace decended on our little house.

Here's your Wiki link for the day. Tried this at an Ethiopian retaurant in Munich a few weeks ago - very cool finger lickin' fun.