Category Archives: Pancake/flatbread/tortilla

Fear & Parathas in Las Vegas

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My carefree spin through life was abruptly tripped up last week when a sharp, chest-constricting panic attack forced me off the coach to work and back onto the pavement, pleading nausea to the driver so he’d stop halfway down a busy road in rush-hour.  Since then I’ve not been able to get back on a bus.  Taxis are hardly bearable either.  I can just about manage car lifts from my family (who will pull over and let me out for air if I need it).  Elevators I can and will cope with, as I live on the 5th floor and I’m damned if I’m walking up and down that four times a day (it’s seven deep breaths from the 5th to the ground floor, or a count of 10.  Seven deep breaths, or a count of 10).

I wrangled gently with the on-duty GP (via phone) about how to deal with this.  Back on the amitriptyline (oh joy of joooyyys), having spent the best part of three years getting off the sodding stuff.  Follow-up appointment in a couple of weeks.  But so far I can still make it to work (albeit by walking there), make it round the supermarket, go to the gym, sit down and eat a meal with my loved ones, and generally keep some sort of handle on life.  So currently we’re at Anxiety Attack Status: Fucking Annoying, rather than Anxiety Attack Status: Utterly Debilitating, which is something I guess.

Consoled myself with the remains of Sunday night’s family curry extravaganza (quorn chicken korma, moong dhal, vegetable curry) and some home-made parathas (Indian flatbreads)…….

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Original version from http://indiaphile.info/how-to-make-parathas/

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Pancakarama

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Sorry about the gap in posts.  Busy at work, plus a stinking cold, plus the run-up to the one-year anniversary of my mother’s passing, has left me reaching for the tried-and-trusted rather than the new-and-shiny.  I’ve developed an ongoing throat issue as well which I’m trying to manage by cutting out alcohol, spicy and acidic foods for a couple of weeks (argghh) and as much caffeine as I can remove without becoming an active danger to other people (HULK NEED LATTE. HULK SMASH).  Which has narrowed my options a little.  But what’s the point of having a cookery blog if it doesn’t give you a ready-made and handy back-catalogue of tasty dishes?  So I took another shot at this herby mushroom pancake, this time with feta, spinach and potato as the stuffing….

https://theanxiouscook.wordpress.com/2013/05/06/herb-pancakes/

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E=Spicy MBubbleC & 2Squeak

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As mentioned in the last post, you should have a certain amount of spicy potato mash left over from the stuffed peppers recipe.  By an amazing cosmic coincidence I had some sprouts, 1/3 of a sweetheart cabbage, and a few slices of vegetarian bacon lying around as well.  Onion and garlic are a given in this household, like the kitchen sink, an eclectic music collection, and the large number of 1950s classic sci-fi novels from the Tangleton British Heart Foundation charity shop lying around….*

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*’Waterstones’ For The Skint, And The Collectors of the Obscure.

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Sweet Potato & Sultana Scones

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So with the other half of the Infinite Sweet Potato, you can knock up these savoury/sweetish scones, that I think might just do better with cheese than they would with jam (you may disagree).  Either way, easy to knock-up last minute and put in a Tupperware box labelled “Spooky Sweet Potato Scones!” for the Halloween festivities…..

Original from here…..

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/oct/29/jack-monroe-pumpkin-sultana-scones-recipe

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Oatcake Chaos

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I don’t often eat porridge for breakfast, as although it’s an economical and healthy dish, I tend to find it makes me sluggish for a couple of hours afterwards.  (Not to mention the joy of chipping the concrete-like remains off the saucepan when I get home in the evening).  However I had a bit of success this week using a version of the below bannock recipe, balanced with some protein in the form of scrambled egg, or soft cheese with marmite, which gives the slow-burn benefit of the oats without leaving me feeling like a python that’s eaten a particularly fat goat…

Jack’s recipe is all oats as she food-processes some of them to provide a smoother element to the dough.  Lacking such modern mechanical fripperies I substituted a little wheat flour – the result still had that distinctive oat crunch.

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/apr/23/jack-monroe-bannock-recipe?commentpage=1

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Coriander Crush

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Was back at work for one day after the four day bank holiday, but now have the rest of the week off.

Go Anxious!

Slept in till midday, then celebrated my slothful lifestyle with a late breakfast of spicy omelette in garlic and coriander naan bread….

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Burnt Orange

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Whilst flicking through the various recipes for lentil dhal, I picked up on idea for breakfast pancakes, using left-over dahl. I slept too late for breakfast or brunch, nipped into town to pick up a few essential bits and missed lunch, so this is now an early afternoon snack (earnack?).

Best enjoyed with a dab on the side of tomato chutney, whilst hopped up on Lemsip, and with Bon Jovi’s “Blaze of Glory” blasting away in the background….

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