Eden Project and oat pancakes..

This morning I tried out a recipe for oat pancakes. It involved soaking 50g oats in 130mls milk:

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Then adding 2 medium eggs and 25g flour.

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The resulting breakfast looked thus:

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Looks like a normal pancake doesn’t it? The taste and texture were both quite bizarre – as though I had porridge and pancake in the same mouthful.  I’m all for trying new things but this is a recipe I won’t be trying again!!

Nursery still runs as normal during the holidays (apart from 2 weeks at Christmas) and I take the opportunity to do some activities with our 4yo on these days which I couldn’t do with the younger ones. I know every mother must feel amazingly blessed by how wonderful her children are but it’s definitely something I feel and our 4yo is very kind and patient about often needing to do things that are young for her – days like today let me give something back!

Today we went to the Eden Project – http://www.edenproject.com which is an eco visitor attraction.  It is comprised of 2 biomes, one holding a rainforest and the other a Mediterranean zone.

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There are other buildings too, one of which has an amazing 7 tonne sculpture called the seed. The room it is in is very echoey, our 4yo loved it!

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The Mediterranean biome is usually where we head first, always hunting for lizards – we didn’t spot any today though! They have lots of things on in the holidays and there was a great children’s lecture on “freaky nature” looking at how seeda pollinate using “kitchen science” and also a story too! There is also a huge tulip garden which is really beautiful.

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The food at Eden is amazing and the canteen has quite a university halls of residence feel about it. They have lots of mains choices which are all served with new potatoes, bean salad and hunks of bread. I had a tomato, mozzarella and basil tart and it was gorgeous!  It pays to get there for 11.50 though as by 12.30 it is heaving!

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After lunch we headed in to the rainforest biome. We can easily spend an hour and a half in here, especially as they have a lookout tower now right at the top of the dome! There was a shadow puppet show today in the Malaysian hut which we both enjoyed!

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No trip round the tropical biome is complete without a baobab smoothie! The recipe is on Eden’s website (as per link above) and is a lovely tropical smoothie which mainly tastes of pineapple and coconut, yum!

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Supper tonight was a sausagey pie – cook sausages and onions with garlic. When cooked, cut up sausages. Add can of toms, can of beans and generous squeeze of sweet chilli sauce. Top with sweet potato mash and grated cheese if desired then pop under the grill for 5-10 min. It’s lovely!

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Off to bed now, night night!

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