bouncing back with biscuits & gravy

I’m back. 

It’s been about 3 months since my last post- in those months I was busy at work, planning a wedding, getting married and then enjoying a honeymoon then back to everyday life.  I was still cooking (there’s only so much takeaway you can do!) but just didn’t have the time or energy to keep moving at the same pace.

I’m back home, refreshed and relaxed and now wanting to get stuck into my list of ‘things I want to make and eat’. So this weekend it meant biscuits and gravy for brunch yesterday. Biscuits are like scones in Australia but we generally have them sweet  (cream and jam anyone?) but in the US they are more savoury from what I’ve seen, used to mop up sauces and also sandwich together delicious fillings and make a nice breakfast sandwich. I’ve had on recipe on the cards for some time and that will get made soon but there was a similar and much quicker version in a recent gourmet traveller so I decided to give it a go.

It couldn’t have been simpler.

Start with the biscuits- rub the shortening into the dry ingredients, add wet ingredients- bring dough together (gently gently!) pat out and cut out rounds.  Brush tops with butter. Bake. 

Then just keep them warm while you make your sausage gravy- I wrapped mine up in a tea towel.

Sauce was easy like the biscuits- removed sausage from casing and pan fry until golden breaking up into rough chunks with the spoon- remove when crispy golden and in the the same pan make a roux with butter and flour, add milk, stir still thickened, add sausage back into warm- serve with biscuits.

Quick hey?

I wasn’t sure how to serve it so I just spooned the gravy onto warm plates with the biscuits to the side- I split biscuits in half  and spooned the gravy over and sprinkled with some hot sauce.  It’s real comfort food- rich, but super yum and deeply satisfying.  I’d definitely eat this again.  No idea if my biscuits turned out the same as how they  are meant to be (let me know if you do!) but I was happy with eating the end product!

It’s good to be back 🙂

how good are pancakes?

I love pancakes- how could you not?  

But I do have a confession, waffles get a higher rotation in our house.  Not because I have anything against pancakes but generally the failure rate is much lower in the waffle category.  Pancakes can be tricky territory, too thick, not cooked well enough, too heavy, more than one bowl required etc…

Whilst waffles always have a strong foothold in my heart I’ve had a hankering for fluffy pancakes, bacon and maple syrup lately and Saturday morning certainly delivered.

I’d purchased the bacon, had a flagon of maple syrup in the fridge (thank you costco) and just needed a solid pancake recipe. This is where the buckwheat pancakes make an entrance, I’d had a recipe in my favourites for a while and they had always delivered, but when I visited it from my favourites I’d found that the recipe was no longer online.  *insert tears* Lesson here, if there’s something that you love online, take a copy because you never know when it will disappear.  But if I want to disappear into a metaphor when one door closes another one opens.  In this case an even better pancake recipe.

Why buckwheat?  I’m not a gluten free for any dietary reasons but I’ve always loved buckwheat pancakes and crepes.  The name is deceiving whilst called buckwheat it’s actually not from wheat it’s actually a seed.  And I’ve found after eating them they are much lighter and you don’t feel heavy and full after eating them- more room for bacon!

So in google land I stumbled accross this great recipe for buttermilk buckwheat pancakes.  Soooooo good. Light, fluffy and delicious and even better it’s a one bowl recipe, winning! 

Buckwheat is really interesting when you mix it up for the first time, initially it’s like it’s almost impervious to liquid, it just skims accross the flour and doesn’t really take until you mix it up really well.  Because it has not only buttermilk but baking soda and baking powder the batter bubbles up beautifully…

Once mixed up it’s ready to cook time- Try to find the heaviest pan you can, you want it to conduct the heat nicely so you can have it on a low heat and not cook it too quickly.  I cooked them one at a time in my heavy based crepe pan just using a 1/4 cup measure, brushing the base with butter every now and again.  I kept them in the oven warming whilst working my way through the remaining batter.

When cooking they puffed up beautifully, delicious and golden on the outside and lovely and fluffy on the inside… You know that they are ready to flip when the bubbles appear and split on the surface and the edges of the pancake look set and slightly dry.

So keep working your way through the batter one by one by one.  Once I’d worked my way through the batter I cooked up the bacon on the stove and pulled the maple syrup out of the fridge to come to room temperature.  

Stack them up and then marvel in their beauty…

Serve it up with whatever your sides are, either au naturale with maple syrup and/or butter,  a berry compote or some bacon which I did in this case, and then just stare at it again, particularly if you use maple syrup and watch the syrup just slowly dripping down the sides…. droool……

I know that these were really good because it’s Monday and I’m still thinking about them.  I’ve got the rest of the buttermilk left (it lasts in the fridge for like forever!) so I think that these are going to make another appearance this weekend.

Monkey and I don’t do brunch out really, it’s so much nicer at home, no queues, no need to wear activewear in fact you can just sit there in your bathrobe (which we generally are!) and enjoy a delicious breakfast, coffee and the paper without feeling like you’re being rushed out of your seat.

Try this recipe and let me know what you think- it’s pretty much failure free!

And for me?  I can’t wait until next weekend because we’re having pancakes xxx