Go fruity - bold blueberries and blackcurrants have inspired this amazing vegan pancake recipe.
|Honey or Maple Syrup
- Infuse the Twinings tea bags in the boiling water for 10 minutes then leave the water to cool.
- Mix the flaxseed with 4 tbsp water and leave to thicken up - this will help bind your ingredients together.
- Mix the buckwheat flour into a bowl with the lemon zest, maple syrup, thickened flaxseed mixture and blackcurrant & blueberry tea water. Making sure to add the tea water gradually - stirring as you do so.
- Add 1 tsp coconut oil to a pan over a medium heat.
- Once the oil has melted add about 2 tbsp of the mixture to the pan - or use 1 large ladle.
- Cook on one side for 2 minutes and then flip over and cook on the other side for a further 1-2 minutes.
- Repeat with the rest of the mixture. You should make 4-5 pancakes.
- Top with fresh blueberries, a drizzle of honey, lemon zest or whatever else you fancy!
Q&A with food blogger Amelia Littlejohn
Can you describe your blog and what makes it special?
A huge focus on my blog is happiness, because nothing is more important than that. I strongly believe (and science backs it up) that the food we eat has a direct impact on our happiness levels, our anxiety levels and our relationship with ourselves too. So all my recipes are designed not only to make you feel nourished, satisfied and energised but also to make you feel happy!
How do you find the inspiration for your recipes?
The inspiration for my recipes normally comes from purely thinking about indulgent treats I used to really love and then putting my healthy spin on them! I take the classic recipe then switch things up to make it gluten free, vegan and refined sugar free too. But still just as tasty, of course.
Who would you like to cook for?
Honestly? I enjoy cooking for my family and friends the most. I find a real joy out of cooking or baking for loved ones - creating dishes I know they'll all love then sitting around a table with them all watching them enjoy their food, it's really special.
What was your proudest culinary moment so far?
I feel really proud whenever anyone recreates my recipes, it's a true honour and always makes my day to see other people trying out my creations! In terms of the recipe I'm most proud of I'd have to say probably my quinoa pizza base - who'd have thought you could make pizza so healthy and it still be SO delicious? It's a real favourite on my blog.
Our master blenders travel the world in search of the most amazing tea flavours - have you ever had a perfect travel moment?
Last Spring me and my family travelled to Rome for a few days. It was our first tourist holiday as a family and we'd been planning it for so long! We stayed in the most beautiful apartment in the city and visited all the sites from The Colosseum to The Vatican, The Trevi Fountain to Piazza Navona . It was really surreal being there! I loved the history of the city, the difference in culture and getting lost down all the small side streets.
At Twinings we are all about The Perfect Serve and presenting tea in the most beautiful way. What are your top 3 rules when it comes to the art of plating?
1. Garnish! I always think a meal looks incomplete without a little garnish- perhaps a bit of coriander on top of your curry, some black sesame seeds sprinkled on your stir fry or pumpkin seeds on top of a salad.
2. Colour! Nobody wants a plate of beige food, do they? Fill your plate with as many different colours as possible, not only does this make the meal look utterly beautiful but it means you'll be loading your plate full of vitamins & minerals too.
3. Variety! I love to look at a plate of food and see lots of variety, this always makes me want to dig in and explore the combination of flavours and textures.
You’ve created some delicious food pairing recipes for our teas recently.
Was this the first time you’ve incorporated tea into your cooking? It is, but it certainly won't be the last! I'm excited to try out new ideas and get experimenting. I love tea, so I need to start cooking with it more instead of just drinking it - creating these recipes has made me realise how versatile tea is!
Name three little things that make you happy and add a little colour to your day.
1. Taking my dogs for a walk. I have two gorgeous dogs (15 year old chocolate labrador Coco and 6 year old spaniel Lottie) who love to go for long walks in the countryside. I'm lucky enough to live in a house that backs onto fields and woodland which is such a joy to walk through. I love seeing my dogs jump and race around with happiness, I love to see the wildlife and I love seeing the change in the seasons.
2. My morning cup of tea. I'm normally the first one up in my house as I'm an early riser, so my morning cup of tea in the peace and quiet before the day gets properly started is one of my favourite rituals. I make a big mug of Twinings Green Tea and sit in my kitchen sipping on the deliciousness whilst planning out how I'm going to spend the rest of the day.
3. Having fresh flowers in my room. I love having flowers in my room, they don't have to be anything extravagant but I find flowers really bring life into a room, they make a room seem more inviting and they look beautiful too. I sometimes buy myself flowers but it's extra special when someone else has bought them for me, that way whenever I look at the flowers I think of that person and their kindness and love.
What is your favourite tea and how do you drink it?
I do love a plain green tea - with the tea bag left brewing for just a minute or two! But I have to have a classic English Breakfast tea if I'm eating toast, cake or cookies - it's just tradition. I take this tea with the tea bag left in for a solid 4 minutes then a dash of oat milk.