Years ago my friend Alex invited us over for a meal of duck with Mandarin pancakes, and all the trimmings. I was reminded of this when Mimi posted her recipe for Peking duck. I decided to make a batch of po-ping when I cooked my lamb meatballs.
In today’s language use, the phrase no good deed goes unpunished has a different meaning to how it was originally used. When talking about the concepts of Hell and Karma, Thomas Aquinas is quoted as saying “For as punishment is to the evil act, so is reward to a good act. Now no evil deed is unpunished, by God the just judge. Therefore no good deed is unrewarded, and so every good deed merits some good.” Now we tend to be more cynical and use this to say we will suffer because we have been helpful. At the beginning of the year I offered to help a friend. She had a flight voucher she was not going to use. And I offered to ask a friend if he wanted it. She told me that once she made her mind up, she would let me know.
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Last month she called to say she wanted to sell it. I told her I would let four people know about the voucher. One being my aunt and the other 3 very close friends who travel to the UK often. I gave my aunt first offer of refusal and as she had just booked tickets, she didn’t have immediate use for it. My other friend didn’t respond, and another one was not sure when she would be booking. The last person I contacted was more than happy to make use of it. And so I let my friend know and asked her for the missing information needed to make use of it. And she was immediately concerned I had given the voucher to some random person. Which made me wonder why I had even offered in the first place to assist? Hopefully everything works out OK.
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- 134 g flour, sifted, plus extra for dusting
- 92.5 mls boiling water
- sesame oil for brushing
- Place the flour into a stand mixer bowl and make a well in the centre
- Pour in the boiling water and use a dough hook to mix it together until a dough forms
- Knead for 10 minutes then cover with a damp cloth and leave to rest for 15 minutes
- Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and roll to 2mm thick
- Use a 6cm cookie cutter and cut out 16 discs, rerolling the dough as necessary
- Brush 8 of the discs with the oil then top each one with a disc you have not brushed with oil
- Roll out each disc to between 12-and-15cm wide, rotating the dough in quarter circle clockwise turns every now and then to keep them circular in shape
- Flip the dough over, roll once and then set aside and cover with a dry cloth, until all are done
- Place a heavy bottomed non stick saucepan over a high temperature for 30 seconds
- Reduce the temperature to medium and cook the pancakes, one at a time for 1 minute each side
- When they are cooked, separate the two halves and stack them on a plate, covered with foil, until all are cooked and you are ready to serve them
View the previous posts on December 7:
- 2020: Matcha Ice Cream
- 2018: Egg Free Caramel Ice Cream
- 2016: November 2016 Showcasing In My Kitchen
- 201:– Preserved Limes
- 2011: Fudge
- 2010: Italian Pasta