Jul 222020
 

I noted at the last horse endurance ride we did up at Imbil that we had a packet of pancake mix whose “best-before” date had expired early last year. We were too busy that event to go making pancakes for breakfast, so the packet wound up coming back with us in the van.

I made a note of this, bought a new packet to replace the one in the van (turns out there’s a second one there too!) and bring the old packet to use up. Thinking about this, I thought, why not experiment? What would it be like if I used coffee instead of water to make up the mix?

So, I poured in some coffee from the percolator up to the marking on the packaging, and whilst chatting on the Bayside District Amateur Radio Society morning “coffee net”, I cooked up a number of small pikelets.

No I won’t win awards for my pancake flipping skills… but they taste alright.

Two things I’d do different:

  1. use slightly stronger coffee (the mix I used is perhaps a little weak, so the coffee flavouring is only subtle even though the colour is notably darker)
  2. thicken the mixture up a bit so the pikelets are not as thin

In fact, not using >18 month old mixture, or doing the batter from scratch might help too!

Jul 152020
 

At the last federal election, we started seeing this meme floating about the Internet…

“Quexit” meme, (source: ABC)

Of course, we in Queensland can do memes too…

“Vexit” anyone?

That said, one hopes Victoria can get over their COVID-19 issues and come join the rest of us. This isn’t the (Dis)United States of America, this is Australia, we’re one country, and it’s our problem collectively to sort out, so let’s just put our differences aside and get on with it!