Saturday, 18 August 2018

Weekend Brunch Ideas: A Recipe for Blueberry Pancakes

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It's rare that i'll find a weekend to myself with no plans but when I do there's nothing nicer than spending some time in the kitchen with my favourite weekend brunch recipes. 

I wanted to share this simple recipe for blueberry pancakes (the american soft and fluffy style) with you all as it's so easy to make and they always come out right every time. Plus i'm just generally obsessed with brunch ideas and pancakes so if you're like me and love both this is the perfect crowd pleaser. I'll often make a batch, pop them in the over to stay warm whilst I set the table. So here's the recipe, enjoy.

You will need:
135g plain flour 
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp caster sugar 
130 ml milk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
50g blueberries 

Butter or your chosen oil for frying

Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl using the back of a wooden spoon to get rid of any lumps. Throw in a handful of blueberries right at the last minute. Apple and banana chunks also work super well you can get creative.

Heat up a medium frying pan with a little butter or oil then dollop 2-3 spoonfuls of batter into the pan spreading into the perfect even round shape. 
*If you're feeling adventurous you can also drop the batter into metal cookie cutter moulds resting in the pan to create fun shaped pancakes - this is great for kids*  
Cook for a few minutes on one side until tiny bubbles start appear in the surface and then you're ready to flip onto the other side and cook for a further minute or so.

Sever with more fruit, creme fraiche, maple syrup, bacon, eggs or whatever takes your fancy. 

You can also experiment with this recipe by changing the flours and replacing the egg with a banana if you're looking for a gluten free alternative.

While you're waiting for the bacon to get crispy I love to get the table ready. Simple styling tips for a great brunch table are simply to pop ingredients into a variety of bowls and onto serving trays. I adore these plates from H&M Home, they were a real bargain and look much more expensive than they were. This golden cutlery from West Elm also really finished the table. All I need are some simple linen napkins and then brunch is served.

Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend! 

Zeena x


Monday, 6 August 2018

Things to do in London this Summer: Be the Maker with Emergency Exit Arts

If you're like me you're always on the look out for fun and creative things to do in London. Especially being the summer there's even more reason to explore and get outside and visit areas you haven't been to before.

Emergency Exit Arts create magical creative events and are hosting a very special one this summer in Wembley Park. They'll be giving you the opportunity to make a giant scale public art work and getting you to be the maker through their programme of hands on workshops. 

They've collaborated with a host of artists to give you an opportunity to learn how to use your hands to turn a craft. What particularly drew my attention are that they'll be running printmaking workshops over the summer. As I often get asked to recommend workshops and print course this is the perfect opportunity to go and have a go at some making. What's more your work will then be displayed across Wembley Park in September - Amazing right!

There are also some wood carving sessions to try after you've had a go with printmaking.

To find out more and get a ticket head over here.
PS. They're also running free activities for kids during August and over the bank holiday which is perfect if you have some children to entertain this summer holiday.
Do let me know if you go and happy making!

Zeena X

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