I’m sure we can all agree that mornings can be a perilous and punishing place to inhabit. Mornings are to be suffered through, barely. Generally speaking, you’re lucky to get out alive, though it is commonly acknowledged that your odds can be greatly increased by a heavy dose of orally administered stimulants.
It doesn’t help that breakfast for vegetarians can be, for want of a better term, limited (the better term would be shit.) I mean it, if you go out for breakfast (something I am still completely unaccustomed to – Australian’s are obsessed with it whilst the average Scot isn’t even considered human before midday) you’re lucky to get something even remotely interesting. By interesting I mean not toast. And far too often the veggie option is also found under the “lite-bites” umbrella. Why?! The morning IS HARD ENOUGH WITHOUT THIS WATERMELON AND FETTA SALAD BULLSHIT! How is that supposed to cure my hangover?! You think my tears of frustration and anguish will kick start the detox process?!
Anyway… this recipe is the perfect answer to breakfast blues. It’s a slight do-over of a Jamie Oliver, spicy, salty and guaranteed to get your day going in the right direction.
RECIPE: (serves 4)
- 1 cup self raising flour (plain will do, but self raising makes for fluffier pancakes)
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup(+) semi skimmed milk
- 2 fresh green chillies
- 60g cheddar cheese
- 1 handful frozen sweetcorn
- salt and pepper
- 2x 425g tins baked beans
- 1tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2tsp crushed dried chillies
- 1tbsp lemon juice
Whisk the flour, egg and milk in a bowl with a generous grind of salt and pepper. I found that just one cup of milk wasn’t enough, so feel free to add more if your mixture seems too stiff. Morning-Glory is not a healthy state of being for a pancake.
Grate the cheese and finely slice the chillies, fold these into the batter with the sweetcorn. Also prepare any side-y things you might want to serve with your pancakes – they are really nice with cherry tomatoes drizzled in lime juice, sliced avocado, cottage cheese, coriander… the possibilities are endless (and also, for the die-hard meaties, I’ve heard they are pretty good with bacon).
Put the baked beans into a microwave friendly tupperware, add the paprika, chillies and lemon juice. I am a fairly lazy person by nature, therefore baked beans are my best friends. They are so, so, SO much better with some added spices and the smoky paprika goes very well with the cheesy pancakes.
Drizzle a tsp of olive oil into a small frying pan and add a ladle of pancake batter spreading it out right to the edges of the pan. Cook for a couple of minutes each side turning when it is nice and golden. Repeat until you are out of mixture.
While your pancakes are cooking pop the beans in the microwave for a couple of mins and then you are ready to serve up!
And there you go – mornings made bearable! These are so good, the chilli kick will wake you up better than coffee and they are very satisfying and cheesy and NOT TOAST! Serve them up with your favourite condiments, which for me means ALL of the HP sauce, and enjoy. They are also fabulously easy which is a genuine must for the morning when heavy-lifting is not only not to be desired but also liable to be life threatening.