Ramsons Pancakes with melted cheese and sriracha sauce
Green pancakes? YES!! Spring on a plate.
After breakfast this morning I went about my normal routine - grab the laundry from wherever it had been thrown about the house, put on a pot of really, and I mean really strong coffee and begin to clear the pots away. But this morning, as I emptied my son's pockets of the usual pebbles, shells and leaves I found a surprise - a pocket full of wild garlic.
The day before I took my family for a walk to the new woodland I had discovered only 3o minutes from our home. A magical woodland, carpeted in wild garlic, filled with coppiced hazel trees and willow and the ruins of the old iron ore mines - the perfect place for a kids' adventure. The kids love to forage and ramsons is so easily identifiable they had taken it upon themselves to gather up the greens and stash for later. Shame they forgot to mention it though!
I hate to waste anything, but the leaves were a little wilted and needed to be put into something rather than served alone, so I came up with a plan that stopped me wasting something else... leftover pancake batter from his breakfast. The result was beautiful, intense green pancakes, delicately flavoured with ramsons, begging for some cheese and a splash of hot sauce. YUM!
Ramsons Pancakes with Melted Cheese and Sriracha Sauce - Serves 2
(or maybe just 1 greedy mummy)
1 mug full of ramsons, washed and roughly chopped
4 heaped tablespoons of plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
A pinch of salt
1 large egg
100ml or thereabouts of milk
Blend the egg and the ramsons in a blender til smooth. Mix in the flour, baking powder and salt until the consistency is fairly thick but pourable.
Heat a heavy based frying pan over a medium/low heat (I use my little cast iron Le Creuset skillet that has served me well for 23 years - and I got it second hand!)
Brush the pan with a little butter. Pour in enough mixture so that when you swirl it around it reaches the edge of your skillet. Cook until bubbles appear on the side facing up. Flip over and cook on the other side.
Whilst it is cooking on the other side sprinkle the pancake with cheese. Once the other side has cooked for a couple of minutes (maybe less). Fold the pancake over, transfer to a plate and cover with foil while you make more!
Serve with a squeeze of sriracha.
Nom nom nom nom nom... happy Mummy.