Pancake Tuesday was last month and the good people at Clinton Street decided to celebrate that and Valentine’s day all month long in February and even extended it to a few days in March.
Now, if you know us, you’ll know we are crazy about pancakes. Mrs. Kitchen makes made amazing pancakes and she has refused to make any more since our love affair with Clinton Street started.
Trying out all the pancake flavors on offer for Pancake Month at Clinton Street would have made us broke, but we were able to catch 3 of the 11 different kinds on offer; we don’t know who comes up with these combinations but they all made our mouths water.
The different pancakes that were available on different days were:
Fresh coconut pancakes
Bavarian apple pancakes
Japanese pumpkin pancakes
Chocolate chunks and fresh raspberries
Blueberry crumb streusel
German chocolate pancakes
Coconut and key lime pancakes
We had the Japanese pumpkin pancakes, chocolate chunks and fresh raspberries (delivery) and coconut and key lime pancakes.
We have to say that they were all amazing and the flavors came together nicely; their maple butter is deliciously out of this world. We are now starting a pancake fund so that we can try all of the pancake flavors when next they have a Pancake Month 🙂
What happens when Mr. Kitchen goes on AWOL and refuses to complete a blog post 6 weeks after starting it? Apparently Mrs. Kitchen adopts the “siddon look” approach.
It’s a good day and i have decided to complete this post and hopefully open the floodgates to new posts. It’s an easy post though, because meat is one of my best words not unlike other African men.
How do you get the perfect meat? Read on for 5 easy steps
1. Start with good quality meat, you cannot perform magic on a poor quality cut
2. If meat is frozen, thaw to room temperature, rub with salt and pepper and let sit for about an hour
3. You have the option of using a grill or a pan. I used a skillet. Heat a skillet till it’s very hot and then oil the skillet or the meat. Place meat in skillet and seal the steak by cooking on high heat for 3 minutes on each side.
4. Continue on low heat to preferred tenderness (6 minutes each side for VERY well done). Serve with preferred sides and sauce (we had grilled sweet potatoes,salad and a Mrs.K garlic sauce
5. I don’t know what happened next but i got to the “T” very quickly
Meal plans are easy to come by, there are 43 million just a Google click away. The challenge is that what tastes good for a blogger in California is absolute crap for the reader in Delhi, a tummy-reducing plan that works for the commuter in London would be tummy enhancing for the chauffeur driven house of reps member in Abuja and couch potatoes and gym rats require absolutely different meal plans.
That said, after years of healthy cooking and eating, we finally have enough meals in our repertoire to run on a meal plan and although the ‘program’ is only in its third week, it’s been very useful having and sticking to a meal plan. One of the most exciting things about the plan is that a sufficient calorie deficit over the course of a week permits the occasional luxury –SaltLagos marble cake, champagne or even a pizza!
Our meal plan aims to get enough proteins while maintaining fats and carbohydrates at a minimal level. It’s also worth noting that for both of us, we are only trying to maintain weight and stay healthy, well maybe lose 5kg between the both of us. We also maintain a fairly active lifestyle, averaging 4 hours of exercise a week.
Below is our meal plan for the week ahead, this is what works for us at this point in time. We welcome your thoughts and ideas. Happy reading! Happy cooking! Happy eating!