Friday, March 26, 2010

Nothing Quite Like It

Nothing sparkles quite like crystal (well, ok, maybe diamonds). Swarovski is one of my favourite retail jewellery stores in the world and I will adorn myself with their jewellery as long as I live.  I wore the ring above on my wedding day and I will cherish it forever.  This was a limited edition ring but they do sell the pink one now.

Of course, all rings and other beautiful Swarovski jewellery can be found at

Pink and Sparkles,

Friday, March 19, 2010

Spring is pancake time

Every March and April in Ontario marks Maple Syrup season and the best time to make Pancakes to accompany that wonderful deep amber goodness.

And of is a simple, so basic, fluffy pancake recipe:
Fluffy Pancake Recipe

With this fluffy pancake recipe we will try to make pancakes that are lighter, softer, and fluffier. The basic recipe is pretty much the same as every other pancake recipe. The only difference is we add a little bit more baking powder and a little bit less milk. This makes the batter denser and it raises more when we cook it. The result is a nice and fluffy pancake. But that's not all. In the end I have collected and added a few extra tips to make your flapjacks even softer. This recipe will serve 2 people, maybe three, but you can easily double it. But first - what do we need to get started?

Fluffy Pancake Recipe Ingredients

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 egg

3/4 cup milk

1/4 cup shortening melted

First take a bowl big enough to hold all the ingredients and throw in the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt - all the dry stuff. Then add all the wet ingredients - egg, milk and shortening and stir them into the dry ingredients until you get a moist and even pancake batter.

The batter will probably be pretty thick and this is the way we want it. It might be a little difficult to pour on your griddle or pan, but the pancakes will be fluffier.

We need about 1/4 cup of batter for one pancake. Pour the batter onto a greased hot griddle and make a four inch pancake. You can also use a nonstick pan or a normal pan with a little oil or butter to prevent pancakes from sticking to it.

Cook the pancakes on medium heat. Since the batter is thicker don't use to much heat because your pancakes will turn brown on the outside and will still not be done in the middle. Low to medium heat gives best results. Turn the pancake around when bubbles form on top of it and then cook until the second side is golden brown.

And we are done.

Now for the extra fluffy tricks and tips:

1. Sift the flour - this one is pretty basic and lots of people recommend it. Just sift the flour before you start making your pancake batter.

2. Separate the egg whites from the yolk and beat them - this is an old trick that you can use in any recipe to get softer results. Separate the egg whites from the yolk and beat them until they turn to white creamy snow. Then follow the fluffy pancake recipe except don't add the egg whites to the batter. Only when the batter is mixed and ready slowly and gently stir in the egg whites and then make pancakes.

3. Substitute some milk (1/4 cup) with bubbly mineral water (one that has CO2 gas in it). Use plain water without any additives, don't use flavored ones (well actually you could, but then you would get flavored pancakes :) ). The CO2 bubbles in the water will be released into the batter making it lighter and making even more fluffy pancakes :). If you are bold - some people even use beer for this! Think about beer foam - lots and lots of tiny bubbles.

This recipe from:

Till next time,
Pink and Sparkles


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