Pancake Blog Party Week : DAY 5

Howdy, its Jen and Shani again!
This will surely brighten up your Wednesdayy. A stack O pancakes scarf by Twinkiechan.
Twinkiechan makes food-themed scarves, dolls, brooches, and other goodies.
Check out her amazingly cute website design too.

Here is today’s Pancake road tested by Shani ūüôā

Pear flambe

Serves 2

2-3 pancakes per person (depending on how greedy/hungry your feeling)
2 ripe pears, peeled, cored and cut into pieces (keep aside and toss in a little lime juice to prevent browning)

Juice and zest of 1 lime
1 tbsp light brown sugar
half tbsp butter or margerine
1 tbsp masarla wine or sherry

1    Melt the butter in a shallow pan on medium heat
2   Toss the pears in the butter until they start to warm through
3    Sprinkle in the sugar and stir through gently, avoid letting the pear pieces from over softening or breaking
4    Add the remaining lime juice and zest
5    Leaving the juice in the pan, divide the pears between the pancakes and fold them into a triangle with the pears tucked inside
6   Put the pancakes back into the pan to warm through and soak up some of the juice
7    Take the pancakes out and put into serving dishes
8    Reduce the pan juices a little until syrupy and then pour over the pancakes.
9    Serve warm with cream or icecream


Enjoy! Handmade dreams are made in minch

S&j xx


Pancake Blog Party week : Day 4

What a fab idea¬†for a real life pancake party, don’t you think?

You know, Sometimes you just can’t go wrong with a classic?.
Not too much tinkering, not much fuss,
just good old fashioned deliciousness!

Fish Crispy pancakes

Served 3

6 pancakes
1 can tuna, crained and flaked
2 medium sized potatoes, peeled, cut into large dice and boiled until soft enough to mash
1/2 tbsp oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
tbsp fresh coriander leaves, roughly chopped
1tsp cumin seeds
1tsp ground turmeric
Juice and zest of 1 lime
breadcrumbs for coating (I made my own by whizzing 3 slices of bread in the foodprocessor)
1 egg, beaten with a little water

1    Fry the onions until translucent in a pan with the oil
2    Add the garlic and cook for 3-4 minutes
3    Add the cumin seeds and tumeric powder
4    Tip the onion mixture into a bowl and add the tuna and potato, mash together with a fork
5    Add the lime and season with salt
6    Mix through the coriander
7    Divide the mixture into six equal portions
8    Put the beaten egg and the breadcrumbs in separate shallow bowls
9    Put a portion of filling in the middle of a pancake and shape the filling until in is a rough rectangle
10 Fold the edge of the pancake closest to you over the filling, then fold each side in, now roll the far side towards you so you have formed a parcel. Do this with all 6 pancakes.
11 Dip each pancake parcel in egg, coat thoroughly and then place in breadcrumb bowl and coat with the crumbs. Pat off any excess crumbs.
12 Heat a frying pan with a little oil and fry the parcels on a medium heat until they are golden brown on each side.

Tip: Serve with a little mango chutney and a crisp salad. If you like things with a little heat, add one finely chopped green chillie to the fish mixture.

Enjoy S + Jx

Music Monday : Swing from Paris

Hello there!
It’s Shani here, hopefully this post reaches you on a lovely Monday morning…
Perfect for sharing something about music!
I was recently lucky enough to go with my better half to a concert given by this amazing string group, Swing from Paris.

Influenced by Django Reinhardt, these four are all exceptionally accomplished musicians and are well worth a listen.
If you get the opportunity to go and see them live – DO!
Their website Swing from Paris  has lots of links and information about them and they are available for hire.
Wouldn’t they be amazing for a wedding or other truly special event?
Youtube video here

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

I love listening to this group when I have jobs to do as well; their lively music keeps the energy levels up.
Great music to introduce to our new baby too!

Have a great day!

S x

Weekend wishes – The Newborn Edition

We are back again with our “Weekend Wishes” Feature

Thisweek, our time spent all oooooohing and ahhhhhhhhhhhhing again is totally justified as we are all rather in love with all things baby like at the moment


1. knit crochet baby boy button hats by oopsIKnititAgain?

4. babyall wool booties by babyfetti

We adore the heart melting baby fever!
To be fair, this might be wishful thinking!


What do you think would be a thoughtful present for a new mama?

Answers on a postcard, or alternatively in the comment box please!

Handmade dreams are Made in Minch
Love S&J x

Pancake Blog Party week : DAY 4

Glorious saturday Greetings, its Jen!
Saturday is one of my favourite days in the week.
The weekend here!
Some great fun ideas for pancakes for tiny tots here
Lets embrace today, turn up the radio with a suitable song…. and away we go!

Happy Saturday!
Enjoy Jx

Serves: 6
125g (4 oz) plain flour
85g (3 oz) wholemeal flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons caster sugar
335ml (12 fl oz) buttermilk
2 small ripe bananas, finely chopped

recipe from here

Pancake Blog Party Week : DAY 3

Hello there
Some of¬†Jen’s¬†dearest friends are leaving to get married in South Africa and we are going out for a farewell dinner tonight.
In honour of them, how amazing would cake made out of pancakes be?
You are right. It would be pretty Awesome.

Shani’s American pancake breakfast

Serves 4

1 egg
100ml buttermilk or plain yoghurt
100 ml milk
250g self raising flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1tbsp oil
1tbsp butter or margerine
2 rashers ofgrilled bacon per person
maple syrup to serve

1    Beat the egg and then thoroughly mix in the buttermilk and milk
2    Add the salt and sugar
3    Gradually beat in the flour until it is thoroughly combined. The mixture is thicker than normal pancake batter Рmore of a thick double cream consistency.
4    Leave the batter in a cool place to rest for at least 15 minutes. You should see that the batter has thickened a little more and small bubbles are rising to the surface
5    Put the oil and butter into a frying pan and heat to a medium heat, carefully pour the oil off into a bowl (you will need a pastry brush or some kitchen towel to wipe oil onto the pan from this bowl after each batch of pancakes is made)
6¬†¬†¬† Pour a tablespoon of batter onto the frying pan. You should get 3-4 pancakes in the pan at a go, depending on the pan’s size. Don’t pour them too close together as they spread a little
7    The pancakes will start to puff up and bubbles with rise to the surface. At this point carefully flip them with a spatula. The top should be a nice golden brown
8    Keep each batch of pancakes warm in the oven, along witht the bacon
9    Serve the pancakes with the bacon. If you want to be really American, pour some maple syrup over the pancakes too!

Tip: These pancakes are also really good with some plain yoghurt and a nice seasonal fruit compote

MiM Four-in-One Dress

This lovely little pinafore dress is one of our makes.
We choose four co-ordinating fabrics to make four apron-style pinafores that are backed together to create one dress with four different styles.
We started selling them at the Minchinhampton Country Fayre in 2011 and were excited to see the reaction they provoked on the streets of our little town.
To date we have sold more than 25 individually unique dresses. Each one is lovingly made and embelished to mirror the fabrics we’ve used.
We even personalise them to suit our customers, who can come and choose the fabrics they would like to incorporate and discuss embellishments with us.

We’ve launched one dress on Etsy to dip our toe in the water online.
These will be pre-made dresses that we have designed for the site.
We cannot offer the customised options at the moment.
We have had some lovely photos back from customers.
Come and peek and coo with us over these cuties!

Thank you to all of our lovely little models.
Don’t you think they look beautiful?
In our publicity photos, we used bubbles to keep our model occupied.
Do you have any other ideas for photo shoot distractions?
Please  let us know!!
Handmade dreams are Made in Minch

S & J x