This Weekend: Pancakes and Night Walking

12 February 2021

Night Walking

This week we have been trying to get out for some fresh air in the pockets of good weather during the day - but why limit that to the daylight hours? 

Sophie, our MD, has been taking night-walks with her family, heading out in the evenings bundled up with high-vis and torches. They have been walking through the lanes and enjoying the feeling of adventure which makes a walk that you may have done hundreds of times feel exciting and new in the dark. 

And they are not the only ones enjoying these walks - discussions on ‘night-walking,’ as it has become known, have featured this week on BBC Radio 2 with listeners calling in to say how much they enjoy getting out after work, exploring their local streets in a new way, and how many of those who feel vulnerable when the streets are busy due to Covid-19 can enjoy their walks more peacefully in the dark.

Walking in the evening can have many benefits such as allowing us to unwind after the day, reducing stress and helping you to get a restful sleep. Walking generally also boosts metabolism and can help with digestion after meals. 

We know that getting outside is very important for our wellbeing, and night-walking has been said to promote an even closer connection with nature. In an article for The Guardian, Nigel Berman, owner of the School of the Wild, who organises guided night walks suggests that “in the past few hundred years have we shut ourselves off from our natural surroundings. Walking at night is a powerful way of reconnecting. When your vision is reduced, your other senses are sharpened.” 


It is of course essential to make sure you are safe, walking with a friend or family member, wearing hi-vis (as our Pop Up Resident Living Streets encourages all year round!) and take a torch so you can find your way. Happy adventuring!

 

Recipe of the Week:

It’s Pancake Day this coming Tuesday, 16th Feb, so what better recipe for this weekend than two types of pancakes. We asked James Ferguson from Cooked for his top tips and best methods, so you can guarantee they’ll be delicious. 

James’s Pancake Recipes!

Crepes / flat pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 100g plain flour
  •  2 large eggs
  • 300m milk
  • 1 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil, plus a little extra for frying
  • lemon wedges to serve (optional)
  • caster sugar to serve (optional)

Method

  1. Put 100g plain flour, 2 large eggs, 300ml milk, 1 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil and a pinch of salt into a bowl or large jug, then whisk to a smooth batter.
  2. Set aside for 30 mins to rest if you have time or start cooking straight away.
  3. Set a medium frying pay or crepe pan over a medium heat and carefully wipe it with some oiled kitchen paper.
  4. When hot, cook your pancakes for 1 minute on each side until golden, keeping them warm in a low oven as you go.
  5. Serve with lemon wedges and caster sugar, or your favourite topping (Nutella anyone?!)

 

Good old fashioned pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt (try Etai local sea salt!)
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 ¼ cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons Guernsey butter, melted

Method

  1. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. 
  2. Make a well in the centre and pour in the milk, egg and melted butter; mix until smooth.
  3. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium-high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake.
  4. Brown on both sides and serve hot.

 

James' serving suggestion: Banana, honey and pistachio.