I’ve always considered pancakes the perfect treat breakfast, mainly because you can eat lots and lots of maple syrup. Basically, for me, pancakes are simply a maple syrup conduit. I knew that going vegan wouldn’t mean the end of pancakes, as there are loads of recipes on Pinterest for different healthy pancakes, so all I needed to do was find an easy vegan one.
I can’t remember how I came across the Essential Vegan website, but I’m very glad I did. This very simple recipe, which takes about five minutes to put together, is really simple to make and very, very tasty. The texture was identical to non-vegan pancakes and despite a slight banana flavor, as it’s part of the wet ingredients, they pretty much taste the same. I really liked them and will definitely be having them again.
I don’t know about you, but I am pretty sick and tired of the rain and the grey days. We’re kind of on flood watch at Crafty Chai towers. Technically, we’re in a flood risk area, but it’s unlikely that we’ll flood. Which is pretty comforting. Until you watch the news and people say that they’ve never known their area to flood. Hello panic. We’ve got sandbags, just in case, and we’re in the process of getting a plan together, should the worst happen. Just hope Poppy can swim! So, with all that going on, and work being hectic and being poorly, I’ve been really pleased to have a few disctractions. I’ve been catching up with old friends and eating plenty of ice cream. Check out this beauty!
I caught up with a few friends at Buddies and despite being stuffed to the gills, I couldn’t resist a sundae. I wasn’t sorry at all. It was awesome! There’s something so refreshing about getting together with mates, some of whom I’ve not seen in nearly ten years, and being able to pick up where we left off. I’ve had some proper, side splitting laughs over the last week or so. Perfect for beating those winter blues!
I don’t know about you but I am swamped. I think it’s that time of year, you know, catching up with friends, emailing people about Christmas, shopping for Christmas, work deadlines… and so it goes on. I had a crazy busy week last week so decided that I needed to switch off and relax on Sunday, a fact reinforced when I fell over putting my pants on. Yep. All time low! So Sunday morning was pj’s & pancakes day.
I made sure we had all the ingredients we needed, including super warm & comfy pj’s and set about making an awesome breakfast. I had a fried egg with mine, while my OH had some bacon. It was awesome! We ate them on the sofa while catching on Borgen (love that show!). Then it was time to take Poppy out for a walk before heading back to the sofa! It was, all in all, a pretty lovely lazy Sunday. Perfect!
(I used a picture of my OH’s pancakes as I ruined my fried egg & it looked awful in the picture!)
We didn’t have much a bank holiday planned, but we did want to relax as much as possible. So we decided to head into Oxford for a bit of breakfast and a bit of shopping. I’d seen on Twitter that the Jam Factory had a new breakfast menu so was really keen to give it a try, mainly because it contained pancakes! My favourite breakfast of all time! I had a quick look at the menu to see if there were any options with it (I’m partial to a fried egg or two with my pancakes!) & there were a few. You could have banana, blueberry compote or chocolate chips with it. I opted for blueberry compote, imagining that it would come in small dish on the side. I also ordered a chai latte, mainly because I was curious to see how it would taste, as it’s not a particularly common drink. My OH ordered a breakfast burrito & an orange juice.
The drinks arrived first & I was pleasantly surprised by my chai latte. It was really tasty, lots of spice without it being overpowering. The only thing wrong with it is that it wasn’t warm enough for my tastes. I do like my chai & my tea really hot, and this is a common complaint I have when ordering chai in cafes.
Then the food arrived. I was pretty disappointed. Not only were my pancakes covered in the compote (not what I was expecting or what I wanted) but they’d also been covered in icing sugar. What is this obsession that cafes have in this country with dusting everything with icing sugar?! Not necessary! The pancakes tasted great but they were a little on the small side and I could’ve done with 1 or 2 more. I really enjoy having breakfast out – it feels really decadent. So when I don’t get what I’m expecting, I’m always disappointed & I felt that we shouldn’t have bothered, even my OH was disappointed with his burrito as it wasn’t very warm.
I really like the Jam Factory. I like what they do & it has a great atmosphere. But we felt that paid a lot of money for very little breakfast, especially when we could’ve had a bigger, more filling breakfast elsewhere in Oxford, for less money. I’ll happily go back to the Jam Factory, for lunch or elevenses but I won’t be having breakfast there again. Such a shame.