It is quite a week, this week. Shrove Tuesday today, Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day tomorrow, and Chinese New Year on Friday!
I had work, Carl had work, and Jessica had preschool, so we had pancakes for pudding this evening instead of breakfast. (Every now and then, while eating her dinner, Jessica will pause and put her head slightly on one side before asking ‘and what is for my little pudding tonight Mummy?’)
A few weeks ago I tried out a new recipe for the ‘rolly up’ crepe style pancakes. It came from BBC Good Food magazine…and was horrible. Maybe it is a case of liking what you are used to, but they were very eggy, so I will be sticking with my tried, tested and trusted recipe which I first came across in Nigella Lawson’s first recipe book.
‘Rolly Up’ Pancakes
120g plain flour
I put everything into my little blender, whizz up into a batter, and then fry in hot pan.
Jessica likes hers with lemon and sugar, Carl likes his with chocolate spread and banana. This year I joined Carl, but oftentimes at breakfast I’ll join Jessica.
Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. Our celebrations are simple but heartfelt. Cards, token gifts, but most importantly, time spent together.
I have a lovely book for Jessica for tomorrow, called Under My Love Umbrella. It is so sweet, basically telling your child that wherever they go, there is an invisible umbrella of love over them. I can’t wait to read it to her tomorrow.
I feel in need of a love umbrella today. Yesterday I had a phone call from the hospital…we had to go in and see the screening nurse as our scan and blood test from last week shows that we are at a higher risk of having a baby affected by Downs Syndrome. Sadly the only tests available on the NHS carry a risk of miscarriage. Luckily there is a completely safe blood test we can pay to have done privately. It is expensive, almost a month’s rent, but I feel really strongly that I need to know, and that I can’t do anything that could put this precious little one at risk.