How to cook Canadian buttermilk pancakes with maple syrup


I’m up to my third recipe for the Learning how to cook with Delia Smith challenge and this time I’m cooking Canadian buttermilk pancakes with maple syrup.

For some background research I found a couple of videos on youtube of making pancakes. The most humorous one is probably How to make British Pancakes (slightly different recipe) by danisnotonfire. I’m not sure Delia would approve!

There is an original video of retro style Pancake Batter from Delia Smith’s Cookery Course,  BBC. Delia uses electric beaters.

I decided not to use lard, so instead I used butter and I regretted that decision, because I burnt it badly. So then I switched to olive oil and that worked just fine. I mixed together in a large bowl plain flour, baking powder, buttermilk, cold water and three eggs.

I wasn’t game enough to toss my pancakes, as previously mentioned I’ve recently cleaned the kitchen top to bottom. And cleaning pancakes off the floor isn’t my idea of fun. It pays to do the washing up before you start cooking because both the flip and tablespoon were dirty. How annoying.

Instead of tablespoons of mixture I used 2 dessertspoons, so I ended up with about 12 pancakes. Actually they were more the size of pikelets – never mind it didn’t matter. The middle batch turned out the best – with nice round edges and good colour.

The pancakes were yummy with real Maple syrup, but not so filling. I was hungry a couple of hours later.

Delia’s Complete How to Cook – (Australia)
Delia’s Complete How to Cook – Book Depository (UK)

Written for the Learning how to cook with Delia Smith challenge

Book review: Make Peace with your Plate by Jess Ainscough

Make Peace with your Plate – by Jess Ainscough aka The Wellness Warrior is a part memoir and part discussion on “ditching diets and mending our torturous relationships with food.”

The book explores common diet myths and encourages a “wholefood” plant-based way of eating, whether that is raw, vegan, vegetarian or includes some meat that is up to you to decide.

It’s about loving and accepting ourselves and eating food that loves us back.

Jess says: “This book also covers the lifestyle, diet and mindset changes that keep me thriving, six years after my incurable cancer diagnosis at 22 years old.”

Jess talks about her journey with Gersons Therapy and doesn’t shy away from singing the merits of coffee enemas. She also talks about body brushing, clay eating, and oil pulling. Jess discusses the chemicals and food which are harmful to us, and then recommends products which are better for our health.

The book includes healthy recipes and meditations. Although it was originally released as a ebook, this edition contains three times the amount of content.

An inspiring story of transformation and great introduction to a wholefood plant based way of eating.


Make Peace with your Plate – by Jess Ainscough

The Wellness Warrior

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