What's New In Our Kitchen #5: Pancakes, Coffee & Pecans

Tuesday next week is, dependent on where you come from, Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras, the last day before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday.  It is not, purlease, Pancake Day, grr.  If you are on the hunt for quick and easy pancaking on Shrove Tuesday, look  no further than the range from Dutch brand Abra-ca-Debora.  The range includes Sweet, Original and new Diddys, priced from £1.50.  Abra-ca-Debora Pancakes can be found in the chiller at Tesco, Morrisons, Sainsbury's and Waitrose stores.  Here's what we thought of them.

We sampled the Original pancakes first and decided to make pancake pizzas with them.  Sophia and Tatiana liked them, but Lara didn't like that they didn't really crisp up much, which was a shame.  They were very easy to make though, just spread with pasta sauce and grate some cheese over, before placing in the oven.  I wonder if using a griddle or panini press would have crisped the bases up better.  Maybe next time!

The Sweet pancakes went down very well with a variety of toppings, including ice cream and chocolate sauce; traditional lemon and sugar; and banana and Nutella.  In fact they went down so weel that I totally forgot to take any photos - oops!  Love this idea though:

Finally, we tried the very cute new Diddy pancakes, perfect with chocolate spread or for dipping into a thick hot chocolate churros-style.  Yum!

If you are in London on Tuesday, the Abra-ca-Debora mascot will be out and about.  If you spot her, tweet the location to @Abra_ca_Debora and you could win prizes!

Another lovely delivery from Dolce Gusto arrived just in time to enjoy with our pancakes, including some rather snazzy Art Deco-inspired cups and stencils for adding that special finishing touch to our coffees.  I shall deapatch himself to use the heart-shaped one forthwith!  Steve's loving the Americano variety for a mid-morning wake-up call, and my mum was here to sample the Cappuccino, so she was very happy.

We do love our little duck-shaped Dolce Gusto machine and all the yummy drinks it dispenses.  there is such a huge range of pods available now, including all those obscure coffees, many of which I've never even heard of!  It is so nice to have top-quality, cafe-style drinks available at home at the touch of a button.  I do love going to cafes etc, but when it's this cold, staying curled up on the sofa with mug and blanket does seem so much more appealing!

Finally, we have been trying the new Apple & Pecan Raw Paleo Bars from the recently re-named The Primal Pantry.  These grain, refined sugar and vegetable oil-free bars are perfect for those on a vegan, raw food or Paleo diet.  They contain only 6 natural, raw, real food ingredients, including pecans which have been shown to reduce cholesterol and fats in the blood, probably due to their high levels of omega fatty acids, the good fats.

The Primal Pantry bar range also includes four other varieties: coconut & macadamia, almond & cashew, brazil nut &cherry, and hazelnut & cacao.  They are available from Tesco, Superdrug, health stores and gyms.  See our review of some of the other varieties here.

What new foods have you been enjoying this month?


  1. looking forward to some pancakes later, the pizza ones are a great idea


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