Pancake Day #1: Buttermilk Pancakes

Image of a stack of American pancakes drizzled with maple syrup and melted butter

I’m potty about pancakes and with Shrove Tuesday coming up it’s the perfect excuse to pig out. That’s what it was all about in the old days: the last chance to stuff yourself with gusset-busting goodies before the fasting and religious obligations of the penitential season of Lent.

So throw caution to the winds and break out the flour, eggs, milk, butter and sugar. You’ve got 40 days of Lent ahead of you to repent and atone. Continue reading

Another Quick Weekday Supper

Image of a decorative tin of Puy lentils on a shelfI first ate this dish as a starter at Le Bistroquet in Troyes, France, a restaurant with a relaxed and generous attitude to food and, sadly, since closed.

When my husband ordered pâté, the waiter brought him the entire terrine, a jar of gherkins and a basket of bread and left him to get on with it.

My Puy lentils came piled high in a bowl and topped with a poached egg and crispy bacon. Continue reading