Vanilla Chai Buttermilk Pancakes

It’s Woolworths time :-) I absolutely adore Woolworths Vanilla Chai tea. I’m not usually a fan of chai teas, chai tea lattes, etc. but this vanilla chai tea is an exception. It smells divine and tastes even better. A friend that introduced me to the baklava cheesecake at Doppio Zero restaurant, introduced me to this vanilla chai tea :-)

A couple of months ago, my family went out for breakfast and unfortunately I was not able to join them. They surprised me with a take away, from the restaurant. I can’t remember the restaurant’s name right now, I will update this post when I do. They bought me some buttermilk vanilla chai pancakes. They were served with spiced whipped cream, and poached pears that were red. The pancakes had a lovely, fragrant, spicy flavour, but were far too sweet.

I really enjoyed their flavour though, and decided to recreate them at home. This is the recipe I used, adapted from these sites: http://greedygourmand.blogspot.com/2009/07/chai-spiced-buttermilk-pancakes.html & http://www.joythebaker.com/blog/2009/03/chai-spiced-buttermilk-pancakes/ .

Vanilla Chai Buttermilk Pancakes

2 eggs
2 cups flour (I used 1 C wholewheat flour, 1 C bread flour, and added 1/2 C wheat germ)
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp mixed spice
1/2 tsp – 3/4 tsp masala tea spice mix
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon crushed black peppercorns (or a dash of freshly ground black pepper)
1 1/2 cups buttermilk (or 1.5 tbsp white vinegar and remaining amount milk)
1/2 cup brewed vanilla chai tea
2 Tablespoons milk OR brewed vanilla chai tea
4 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled ( I used 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons Canola Oil)
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract

*   In a large bowl beat eggs. Add buttermilk, vanilla chai tea, butter and vanilla and mix well. Add flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt. Add extra milk/vanilla chai tea. Mix well until mostly smooth. Let batter set for a few minutes.

*  Heat griddle or pan over medium heat. Add a teaspoon of oil to the pan or spray with cooking spray. You can test to see if the pan is hot enough by adding a few drops of water, when the drops start to dance its hot enough.

* Pour 2 Tablespoons of batter onto the griddle. Cook on the first side until bubbles that form start to pop. Flip the pancake over with a spatula and cook until golden brown. Repeat until all the batter is gone.

The spices are just a guideline, if you don’t have mixed spice or masala tea spice mix, use a combination of cardamon and cloves (1/4 teaspoon of each), as the original recipe stated. You may want to add more or less spices, it’s really a matter of personal choice. The first time I made these, I was a bit apprehensive and guarded when adding the spices. Especially the black pepper… I really did not know about that one. Trust me, it’s good :-)  Don’t be afraid of the spices…The second time i was more liberal, and really spiced it up! I just shook those spices freely into the pancake batter.

These pancakes were delicious served with syrup, and poached pears. Yes! I was not playing. I had to have poached pears, lol, I had to recreate what I ate. The pears were poached in vanilla chai tea, marsala wine, lemon zest, vanilla pods, a little sugar, water, and a bit of rum.

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Restaurant Review: Mythos

So, finally my first post. And it’s not even about cake, lol. Don’t worry, there will be plenty of posts about cake to come in the future. A good friend and I went to Mythos in Bedford Centre about 2 weeks ago, a Greek restaurant. I must say, I was impressed. I was so tired of eating in restaurants, and just being disappointed, let down, and feeling like I was wasting my money. It was nice at last to eat in a place that had good food, a good atmosphere, nice decor, and excellent service. The glasses that they served the drinks in were beautiful too. Yes, I know. I hardly notice glasses, but these were hard not to notice.

A little info about me and drinks in restaurants. If I’m having a meal at a restaurant, I always have it with water. No soft drinks, no wine, etc. Nothing but plain good water with or without lemon. There are 2 main reasons…ok, maybe 3. But I’ll talk more about them in another post, lest I ramble on and on, on my first post.

Ok, to the business at hand. For starters we had Dolmades, deep fried haloumi cheese and Yemista. As described by the Mythos menu,  dolmades are vine leaves stuffed with a special preparation of rice and herbs. Yemista is stuffed tomato and pepper with seasoned rice and mince

Starters: Dolmades, Deep Fried Haloumi Cheese & Yemista

Of all these starters, I enjoyed the Yemista the most. It was my first time having Dolmades, so I could not compare it to something I had eaten before. I didn’t really love it though. Perhaps it’s an acquired taste? My friend on the other had said she had eaten better tasting Dolmades.  I’ll be sure to try them elsewhere before making a judgment. The fried Haloumi cheese was good, but I’ve had better.

Mmmm, and now on to the highlight, the main course. We ordered the Lamb Souvlakia and Kota Mythos. We made some substitutions with what these meals are usually offered with in the menu. Kota Mythos is described as 2 chicken breasts grilled, topped with a feta, mushroom, and olive sauce, served with roast potatoes. Substituted roast potatoes with roast vegetables. The lamb souvlakia is usually served with chips, tzaziki, and pita bread. Substituted the tzaziki for hummus, and the chips for roast potatoes.

Kota Mythos
Lamb Souvlakia

Wow! I would not be lying if I said these are some of the best roast potatoes I’ve ever eaten. I just loved the lemony, herb flavour they had. They were even more delicious when eaten with the hummus. The lamb was tender, and very tasty. The chicken, oh my.  When I had a taste of it, my saliva glands started working over time. Soooo good, and very moist.

Dessert was Galaktobouriko, and Baklava and Ice Cream. Galaktobouriko is described as a creamy custard wrapped in phyllo pastry soaked in syrup. Yup! It had 2 things I like, custard and syrup, so that was my choice. The Baklava is nuts layered in Phyllo pastry soaked in syrup and served with ice cream.

Galaktobouriko
Baklava and Ice Cream

The better of these 2 desserts was the Baklava and Ice Cream. It was amazing. The vanilla ice cream tasted really good too. The Galaktobouriko was good, but very sweeeeeet, extremely sweet.  So after a couple of mouthfuls, the water came in handy….speaking of which, behold; the beautiful glasses!

Nice Glasses

All in all, a great food experience, and I would definitely visit this restaurant again.  Ooo, if I were to give it stars out of 5, with 1 being the worst and 5 being the best, I would give it 4 stars.

The address, phone number, and website:

BEDFORD SQUARE
Cnr Van der Linde and Smith Street
Bedfordview
Tel: 011 615-2271

http://www.mythos.co.za/

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Hello world!

Hi everyone! My name is Adjoa, and I’m a cake addict. Lol. Ok, perhaps a recovering one? My sister and I were talking one day, and she was telling me about a wedding she went to. Inevitably I asked the question I always ask when people talk to me about weddings. “How was the cake?” She then replied that she was too full and decided not to have cake. At this point I slightly lost it (but made a quick recovery), and shouted “What do you mean, you didn’t have cake, that you were was too full, is there such a thing??? THERE IS ALWAYS ROOM FOR CAKE.” And that how the name of this blog came about. Because there is always room for cake, well, not all cakes. There is no room in me for fruit cakes, he he he.

This blog will explore all things food, cake (yes, it needs it’s own category), and Woolworths food! Please note, I am not employed or paid by Woolworths to discuss their food. I just simply love it! Woolworths, please feel free to contact me anytime (wink, wink). Restaurant reviews, Recipes, Grocery Store items, even Baby Food. You name it, as long as it’s food related, I will explore it.

A little about me. I’m a 20 something [You know when people use this term, we are closer to 30 right :-) ] year old woman, whose parents are originally from Ghana. I’m currently living in South Africa, but have lived in other countries too. I do eat other things apart from cake. I did try at one point to live on cake alone, and it was not pretty. It did not work out that well. Two of my favorite foods are Plantain and Beans a Ghanaian Dish, and Pad Thai. Oh yeah, you will hear more about these foods for sure. Welcome to my blog, thank you for visiting, and stick around! Many Blessings.

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