Tuesday…Let’s Cook!


I have been racking my brain for a good title for my Tuesday’s posts…Tasty Tuesday, Tuesday Treats, Tuesday Tidbits or  Tropical Tuesday…None of them quite did it for me I nearly went for Tropical Tuesday which for me it is…but depending on where you live it could be Toe Numbingly Cold Tuesdays…

If so then I have a tasty treat which you can make for the birds and the squirrels…All you need is some pine cones. honey and birdseed…

Just coat the pinecones in the honey then roll the pine cone in the birdseed and let them dry…How easy is that? Then attach them to the branches of a bush or tree or fence post…

I wish I could say it was my idea but it wasn’t I found it on Granny Moons delightful blog …

Where you will find horoscopes, recipes, teachings and so much more it is a treasure trove of all that is good in the world…

Today is also the last full moon of 2020…

Full Moon December 29, 2020, in Cancer

The last full moon of the year occurs on December 29, 2020, and is in the sign of Cancer.

Most everyone is happy to say goodbye to the year 2020… What a year it has been! We never could have envisioned that the whole world would turn topsy turvy. Even though this year has turned things upside down for so many of us, it is important we look back on the gifts, even if they are hard to find…Please pop over to Granny Moons to read her words on what we have to be thankful for…a wise lady …

In my kitchen, although we ate out for Christmas lunch there are so many leftovers…mainly cakes, puddings and chocolate which my waistline will tell you that I really shouldn’t eat any more, however…sigh…x

For a change the other night we thought we would have Peking Duck Pancakes...my first ever attempt at making the pancakes myself…

The ingredients are simple…makes 16 pancakes.

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of boiling water
  • 2 tbsp Sesame oil to brush the pancakes and the cooking pan.

My first thoughts were no salt and will that be enough mixture for 16 pancakes?

Let’s Cook!

Sieve the flour into a bowl and add the boiling water and mix together then leave to cool down as it is hard to work the dough when it is hot.

This Danish dough whisk is the best little gadget I have bought since I started bread making…it brings it together nicely and is easy to clean and doesn’t stick…Love it! Perfect for this as boiling water was used…

Dough whisk

Once cool knead until the dough is smooth I was surprised how non-sticky this was and easy to work…Rest for 15 minutes.

Cut into 16 pieces they are small then take a piece of dough and flatten with your hand lightly brush with the sesame oil then take another piece of dough and put on top of the first piece then carefully roll out ( it) is a little slippy but I pressed down hard on my rolling pin and then it rolled out like a dream…didn’t stick or need flour.

Repeat with the remaining balls of dough…

Brush pan very lightly with the sesame oil and over a medium heat cook the pancakes until lightly spotted turn over and cook the other side…repeat until all pancakes are cooked…

Then peel the pancakes apart…this was the tricky part methinks it needs some practice some I had cooked more than others and the lighter cooked, cooled ones peeled apart much better.

My son suggested next time to not put two together but cook singly on one side…I will try the above again as I think more practice is required…But they were very edible and scrumptious they didn’t last long…

Another string to my bow…Covid while it has its devastating downsides my baking repertoire has increased and improved…

As December is National Pear month I have experimented with a few new recipes Pickled Pears and Pear Chutney being two of them.

Pickled Pears.

Ingredients for Pear Chutney…

  • 200 gm demerara sugar
  • 200 ml Apple cider vinegar
  • 100 ml pear cider
  • 1-star anise
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 2 red onions chopped
  • 10 firm pears peeled and chopped
  • 2 red chillies halved and deseeded
  • 50 gm sultanas

Let’s Pickle!

In a large pan bring the sugar, APV, pear cider, star anise, ground cumin, ginger and red onions to a rolling boil.

Add the chopped pears and bring down to a rolling simmer for about 40 mins or until the pears are just cooked.

Stir in the sultanas and the chillies. Remove from the heat and leave to cool before spooning into sterilised jars.

Pear ChutneyThis is a lovely chutney which goes well with cheese and homemade focaccia…

Thank you for dropping in today I do hope you have enjoyed reading the post and that you are having a lovely festive season…as always I look forward to your comments as you know I love to chat…Love Carol xx




21 thoughts on “Tuesday…Let’s Cook!

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I bet that beautiful to see…did you get a good photo? It is definitely easy and as I said great to handle non sticky easy to roll lovely dough…I will definitely make them again can’t think why I haven’t made then b4…Happy New Year to you and your family, Jim x

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  3. Chel Owens

    I wonder at the appeal in cooking the pancakes atop each other versus singly; is it to only make one side crispy? It’s a good thing the holiday calories don’t count…

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  4. beetleypete

    We had nothing left except cake and biscuits, so I did my usual big shop yesterday afternoon. Nice to be back to ‘normal’ meals now, (I had a pizza last night) and I didn’t even bother to buy anything special for NYE this year, as we are not allowed any visitors.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      As our Christmas meal was so disappointing we are having a second one on New Years Day cooked by my son…I don’t feel like I have had a Christmas Dinner yet just dessert and cake…x

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Its brilliant Pete..no more sticky fingers and the dough just slips of the dough whisk…I love it… the best 3 dollars I have spent lately nicely made as well 🙂 x

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