Sunday, 5 February 2012

Snowy Sunday and Substantial Sustenance!

Hello lovely readers

I'm sulking because my week off has come to an end.   (insert grumbling, groaning, general gnashing of teeth and childish poutiness here).

Ok. Rant over.   Chin up there girl! **dabs eyes with tissue** Sniff.

Like most of the Country, the snow hit the Black Country hard late yesterday afternoon and settled quickly, giving a considerable coverage by 9pm.  This morning however was a different story.  The semi-thaw had set in and turned the snow into horrible grey slush. 

The field was already thawing by the time the Hooligan and I went for a wander.  He loved it last night and , like a small child, was very reluctant to come in!  He was chasing snowballs and snapping at snowflakes for ages, bless him.  He's not seen snow before as he'd only have been a tiny pup when we had the heavy snowfalls of 2010/11.

On these cold mornings us dieters need something warm and substantial inside us to set us up for the day! (keep it clean now!).   I've been hearing about these 'oaty yoghurt pancakes' for a while now on the various Slimming World forums/Facebook pages I waste time on   frequent.  They're very simple and very filling.  Simply empty a muller (or indeed any fat free yoghurt) (I used a vanilla one today) into a bowl, add 35g of porridge oats, give the mixture a good stir, and leave in the fridge overnight.  Next morning, you can either eat it straight from the frridge or heat this gently in the microwave for a nice smooth porridge ... or... even better -  beat an egg and add to the mixture.  Spray your frying pan with good old Fry Light, heat until you get a decent sizzle, then drop dessert spoon fulls of the mixture into the pan. 

Turn down the heat a little and cook the pancakes slowly.  After 2 - 3 mins, you should be able to flip the pancakes over to cook the other side without them breaking up (best to do this with a fish slice) then cook the other side for 2 - 3 mins or until they're golden brown and firm.  They'll resemble little American pancakes. 

Here's the finished article topped with fresh blueberries and a spoon of natural yoghurt.  Seriously yummy, filling for yer tummy and something I'll definitely be repeating tomorrow!

Happy face-filling! ;)


  1. Oats are SO good for us.... we should eat them as often as possible. Lady M makes Oat cakes (for cheese) which are also delicious.


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