Pancakes it was, but not sweet - I ended up making savoury fluffy pancakes enhanced with ground turmeric and lily pad shaped nasturtium leaves. Whoever said 'Nasturtium flowers have bite', were spot on. I did not sow any nasturtium , they self seeded from last year. I don't mind I like them and it brings in the bumbling bees, though I have not seen many of them. But I don't let them self-seed for altruistic reasons, I actually like growing and eating them, especially the more colourful variety, though I seem to have no fiery red ones this year. I also like the mustard like peppery tang of the edible flower and often just use the to garnish salads. For those of you who have never tried nasturtium leaves the closest thing I can compare them to is rocket salad leaves.
Anyway, I have to admit though these Turmeric Nasturtium Pancakes were not served for brekkie. I ended up having a bowl of cereal that morning. No we ended up eating these golden discs as a light bite after a bit of weeding in the front of the house and lawn mowing. It was such a bother, that it made me think I am a vegetable grower, I am not a green lawn or pretty flower rose garden kind of person, though I do appreciate them. I am more happier if I know I can eat the flowers, leaves and seed pods.These Turmeric Nasturtium Pancakes are based on my Cherry, Raspberry and Strawberry Pancakes. Its actually the same recipe, I just omitted the sugar, added some ground turmeric and in place of the berries are the peppery leaves. I appreciate that not everyone may have nasturtium flowers and leaves growing int heir garden, so I am offering a substitute here and these are soft herbs, they will be just as pretty. Take a look at these Tattoo Herb Potatoes.
I served these Turmeric Nasturtium Pancakes with a good dollop of spicy tomato chutney.
I am sharing this with Sunday Fitness and Food Fitness hosted by Marathons and Motivation and Ilka's blog; and my first time linking with Weekend Cooking hosted by Beth Fish Reads.
Other Turmeric Recipes on my Blog
Turmeric Nasturtium Pancakes
Makes a lot - sorry lost count as we were eating them as they off hot from the pan
140g self raising flour,
1 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
150ml -160ml milk
g naturtium leaf (or herbs of your choice: basil, coriander, parsley)
Oil for the frying pan
Optional: flowers for serving
In a large bowl, whist the egg, then sift in the flour, baking powder, salt and turmeric.
Whisk to form a thick batter, then pour in the milk slowly to form a smoother batter without lumps.
Leave to sit for an hour.
When ready to eat, heat a tablespoon of oil in a large non stick frying pan.
Using a tablespoon drop 1 - 2 tablespoons onto the hot oil in the pan.
Carefully drop a nasturtium leaf over the top of the batter, cook until bubbles start appearing on the surface, then flip over and cook on other side until golden and puffy.
Continue doing this until all the batter is gone.
Best served warm. If you have any leftover, they can be microwaved.
Adapted from this recipe