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Pancake Problems

Posted on Friday 10th November 2006 at 00:00
Ladies and Gentlemen, tonight I write to you with a heavy heart. It seems a sad time has come upon us all, and especially me, since I have suffered a very great loss. That's right, I've lost my ability to make pancakes! It is a little known fact, but making pancakes is one of the few things I used to pride myself on, since I was pretty darn good at it, and people who I cooked for used to ask specifically for my pancakes.

Tonight however, for the first time in my life, I completely failed in my attempt to make some pancakes for my tea. I still don't know where it all went wrong. Perhaps the flour wasn't great; perhaps there was too much milk, or not enough. Perhaps the pan was too hot or too cold or too dry or too wet. I really don't know. What I do know is that for well over an hour I battled constantly to make myself a decent set of pancakes, and everyone of them turned out to be totally crap. The problem was quite simply that I was totally unable to get the mixture to stop sticking to the pan at every opportunity. I know the spatula was a load of soggy melting bollocks, but that is no excuse. Two separate batches of mixture were made, and both times they were thick and gooey in the pan and more sticky than blu-tack.

Actually, now that I think about it, the last Toad in a Hole was very similar in consistency. I'm beginning to wonder now whether it was actually the fault of something in the batter, rather than a complete cock up on my part. I think I shall have to investigate this further, as clearly there is something not quite right about all this that I really can't explain.

The end result is that I am now sitting here on an empty stomach that I can't really do anything about since it is too late at night to cook anything else. I should really go to bed, but for the moment I just want to sit a little longer and reflect upon how comfortable my new desk chair (which turned up while I was at work today) is. The best bit is probably that it isn't permanently stuck just 1 foot off the ground. Also good is that it is actually comfortable to sit on and has a decent back rest. Yay!

Today I spent nearly 12 hours on my feet in total, working at the graduation ceremonies. It was very tiring, which is why this post is rubbish. At the end of the day we dismantled the stage that I helped to erect on Sunday. Tomorrow the silly fools are paying us to put it all back up again. Before that I need to go and die in bed.

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