I make masses of pancakes – regular sugar and lemon Shrove Tuesday ones, Scotch pancakes which for some reason we used to call Cold Feet, fat fluffy American pancakes and veggie ones. Lots and lots of veggie pancakes. Not only are they delicious but a great way of slipping extra veg into reluctant customers (my children) and to use up a glut – I must have made a 1000 courgette and feta type pancakes when we had a courgette glut a couple of years ago.
You can customise these according to what you have – I tend to use something a little starchy like the peas/broad beans or some cooked/canned pulses plus fresh veg such as broccoli or spinach along with any soft herbs I have. At the moment wild garlic is going into lots of things as we have some growing here but otherwise a clove of garlic adds a gentle hum. If you use courgette (and it is delicious) then grate it and squeeze out as much water as you can so the batter isn’t too wet. Same with carrots and parsnips which benefit from grating and any excess water being removed.
I used a couple of spring onions that needed their last hurrah but you could use chives if that’s what you have. Chunks of feta or cheddar work well and make these even more substantial. You can add finely chopped chilli or a pinch of cayenne if everyone you are cooking for is receptive – I like to add my heat via a generous squirt of sriracha.
Incidentally these make a wonderful breakfast topped with a fried or poached egg and some Greek yogurt to which you’ve added a swirl of sriracha, just saying….
Below are the quantities I used for the pancakes you see in the pictures. As long as the amounts are roughly in line you can pretty much freestyle as you please. A tin of sweetcorn also works if you don’t have any peas or pulses. Add or subtract herbs depending on what you have and what you like – these pancakes are very flexible. If you don’t have any self raising you can use plain flour plus 1/2 teaspoon baking powder.
300g peas, blanched for 1 minute if frozen
1/2 head of broccoli, approximately 200g, chopped fairly small, core included
3 spring onions, finely chopped
Small handful of parsley
Small handful of wild garlic, entirely optional
200g self raising flour (see intro)
50g Greek yogurt, or regular plain yogurt
A little olive oil
Put everything except the oil into a food processor, season well and blend. Leave a bit of texture, you don’t want it baby food smooth. Heat a little oil in a large frying pan and add tablespoons of the batter, leave for a few minutes until turning golden on the bottom when you peek and then turn. Cook for a few minutes on the other side and then keep warm while you cook the rest. The above was enough for 4 for lunch with a salad.