Savoury Pancakes Around the World

Savoury Pancakes Around the World

Pancakes do not always have to be sweetened or accompanied with sweet toppings. While some of us prefer them as a sweet treat, there are others who would rather have savoury fillings with their pancakes.

For those who love savoury flavours, here are some pancakes from around the world you will want to try during your travels!   

1. Italy  

Farinata, a savoury pancake from Italy, is made from chickpea flour, water, salt and olive oil and is baked before serving. Vegetables such as onions and rosemary can be added to the batter before it is cooked in the oven. This pancake is a traditional Ligurian street food snack and are suitable for vegans to consume so anyone can enjoy them! Try a home-cooked version with our Italian host, Larrycette!

2. India

Dosa is a paper-thin crepe that is a dietary staple in southern India. It is made from a batter comprising rice and black lentils, which is left to ferment before it is fried. Savoury dips such as curry, red chutney and coconut chutney typically accompany a serving of this pancake. There are different varieties of dosa around and one of the most popular variation is the Masala dosa, which is filled with spices, chilli, onions and potatoes before it is rolled and served. 

3. Korea

In Korea, pancakes are known as 'jeon' and they can be eaten as a side dish or street food snack. They can come with a great variety of fillings whether it is seafood, kimchi, chicken or scallions, which are coated in a batter of flour and egg before being pan fried. A tangy-savoury sauce typically accompanies the pancake dish, which can be eaten at any time of the day. 

4. Japan

Okonomiyaki, a Japanese savoury pancake, that translates as 'grilled as you like it'. The batter used varies from region to region but is typically comprised of flour, yam, water, cabbage and spring onions. Any ingredient can be added to the mix, be it meat, seafood, cheese and even udon or yakisoba so there is really a lot of room for creativity with this pancake dish.  

5. Germany

Kartoffelpuffer, or potato pancakes, are a popular street food snack in Germany. It is made from with grated potatoes, flour, eggs and onions and can be accompanied with a savoury dip such as garlic sauce or with a sweet applesauce. You will not only find these potato pancakes sold at street food vendors but also at restaurants and even in a German household!

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6 Super Easy Slow Cooker Recipes

6 Super Easy Slow Cooker Recipes

If you think you have to spend hours slaving away in the kitchen to prepare a hearty home-cooked meal for the family, think again. Times have changed with the help of kitchen gadgets like the slow cooker. All that is involved is the preparation of yummy ingredients and you can head off to work, school or have a nap do something productive!

Here are some slow cooker recipes to try out!

1. Beef stew

Enjoy some meaty goodness after a long day at work with a slow-cooked beef stew

2. Minestrone soup

Nothing beats a bowl of piping hot soup on a cold day. Share a pot of minestrone soup with the family for dinner!

3. Roasted whole chicken

Yes, you can roast a whole chicken in the slow cooker too. And you can eat it as soon as you back from work.

4. Lasagna

Who says lasagna cannot be prepared in a slow cooker? With this recipe, you can. 

5. Oatmeal

Get that extra hour of sleep and wake up to a warm bowl of oatmeal for breakfast!

6. Nutella swirl chocolate chip pound cake

This proves the versatility of the slow cooker. Make your favourite cakes in the slow cooker or try out this chocolatey pound cake

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8 Ways to Eat your Avocado

8 Ways to Eat your Avocado

1. Just as it is

For those who like the fresh taste of avocado, simply slice them in half and eat them during breakfast or anytime of the day for a little energy boost.

2. Guacamole

Dice up or mash some aocados, add in your favourite seasoning and dip some chips in it. This is a healthier and tastier alternative to other snacks.

3. Eat it over toast

You can mash them up and spread it over toast with scrambled eggs. Serve with some sprinkled salt and pepper and it will be nutritious, cholestoral free breakfast option. Alternatively, you can also slice them into thin slices.

4 Avocado salad

Feeling like having some veggie boost? Why not make an avocado salad. Mix your favourite greens, such as kale, arugula and beans with diced avocados. Drizzle some balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper and it is good to go. If you are feeling more hungry, add a boiled egg on top. 

5. Avocado stuffed burgers

These avocado stuffed burgers are great for those meat lovers out there. SImple to make and it doesn't contain any carbohydrates. Check out the recipe here.

6. Pasta with creamy avocado sauce

Change your normal cream sauce with this creamy avocado sauce that's much healthier, has a fresh taste and less cholesterol.

7. Avocado smoothie

This is the perfect idea for breakfast. Blend an avocado with bananas and berries and you'll get a thick, creamy, sweet and tangy smoothie that is full of vitamins and healthy fats.

8. Chicken and avocado soup

On a cold rainy day, this chicken and avocado soup is what you need to warm your body up. The flavourful chicken stock and chunky avocado cubes will leave you feeling more than satisfied.

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11 Unique Japanese Snacks

11 Unique Japanese Snacks

1. Otoko Kaoru

While this might look like a normal chewing gum at the first glance, I can assure you that it is not. This gum has the function of making your sweat smells like rose after consumption. If you are going on a date and worry about body smell, pop one of these in your mouth!

2. Curry Lemonade

This is not something for the weak stomached. A lemon and curry flavoured drink…We do not know who came up with this combination, but it might just be the worst in the world. 

3. Diet Water

This might be suitable for people who literally can get fat from drinking water. There is hope guys.

4. Tamagogani

Forget the usual cinema snacks of chips or popcorn…Why not try these crunchy dried little hermit crabs? They are preserved in their natural foam, fried and then seasoned. Delicious.

5. Wasp Crackers

The only good thing about this snack is that the wasps are definitely dead when they are put into these crackers so they will not sting you. Still, kudos to those who are willing to give this a try, think of the extra protein intake! 

6. Ice Cucumber Pepsi

This might be a product produced to combat the hot weather in Japan during summer. However judging from the colour, it looks just like a regular mint flavoured drink.

7. Syringe candies

Many hospitals are making their medicine taste more like candies so that children would not hate them. However, it seems to be the reverse in this case. Candy jellos are made into syringe shapes. Not sure this would appeal to the children when they see the needle.

8. Bust Up Gum

This might be especially suitable for ladies who are less well endowed. This gum claims that they can make your breasts fuller and firmer. Other added benefits that come with this are thicker and stronger nails.

9. Chocolate Coated Ika

Ika are squids and, as the name suggests, they have been generously coated with chocolate. Although lets not give the Jpanese all the credit for unique snacks…The French also have chocolate coated ants. 

10. Grilled Lamb Flavoured Caramel Sweets

If you are stuck at work and feels extremely hungry, you might want to try this out. The grilled lamb flavoured caramels might fill up your empty stomach. The sweetness of the caramel can almost pass off as the sweetness that comes from grilled lamb.

11. Grilled Corn Kit Kat

We all know that the Kit Kat comes in so many flavours that it is almost uncountable. This is just one of them. Grilled corn flavour together with wafer and chocolate, a strange combination indeed.

What crazy snacks have you heard of? Let us know in the comment section below! 

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