Dance Exam and Pancakes

IMG_6229It’s been an unusual morning at A Welsh Mama’s Kitchen today as the Small People had their first ISTD examination in Ballroom and Latin.  Small Boy decided last year whilst watching Strictly that he wanted to learn ballroom dancing (see a previous blog for the disastrous attempt at ballet dancing).  So in January we set off to Demarco’s Dance Studio in Swansea as we were told that they were wonderful with small people.  Now the adults at a Welsh Mama’s Kitchen can just about walk in a straight line let alone dance so it was with some trepidation that we turned up with Small Boy.  We needn’t have worried, we had a lovely warm welcome from Rebekah and Mario Demarco and they even encouraged Small Girl age four to join in.  We had been advised correctly, the dance studio has a wonderful family feel and the children are warmly encouraged and nurtured.  The plus side for the adults is that for 45 minutes every week, the Small People go into the dance studio whilst the waiting area has a log burner and the best latte ever.  Fast forward 6 months and the two of them were taking part in an exam today.  Now I still feel sick and break out in a nervous rash anytime anyone mentions exam but the two Small People were excited and looked at it as being a treat so I kept my feelings to myself!

At 6.30 this morning Small Boy was jumping up and down excitedly shouting ‘its dance exam day.’ Small Girl was asking on loop if she should put her dance clothes on.  I advised the little darlings that all was well, they needn’t worry and the exam wasn’t until 11.30.  Well what I actually growled was ‘For goodness sake it’s still the middle of the night, no one will be going dancing at this rate.’ Which roughly translated means the same!

So luckily as it was the middle of the night we had plenty of time for breakfast before we left which is handy as it gave me inspiration to share this recipe and also feel that I was providing a good breakfast prior to dancing – just like a proper dance mum (to be honest, there is no hope that I am going to achieve that status when it comes to doing hair and sewing on sequins).

The recipe is from The Green Kitchen Book by David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl.


Mash together 3 to four ripe bananas in a bowl.  Lightly whisk in six eggs and half a cup of desiccated coconut.  Add a cup of blueberries and stir well.

Heat some oil (coconut is good here if you have it) in a large frying pan and add 2 to 3 tablespoons of the mixture.  I made three pancakes at a time to make sure I had room to flip.  Once the bottom is set, gently flip and cook the top.

Stack onto a waiting plate and repeat until you have finished the mixture (makes 10 or so pancakes).  You can sprinkle with extra coconut, blueberries and some maple syrup if you want.


The Small People really liked these and they are a great easy breakfast.


Now this week I got slightly carried away and bought three punnets of apricots from a small well-known supermarket next door to where I work.  They were 79p a punnet so I went slightly crazy.  Of course I should have known – they were tasteless and had a wooly texture.  so yesterday I thought I would try to poach them in a hope of reviving them.



So add to a largish saucepan half a litre of water and two tablespoons of sugar, two cardamon pods and a stick of cinnamon.  Bring the mixture to the boil and lower to a gentle simmer so the sugar melts.  Then add the apricot (halved and stones removed) and simmer for 10 or so minutes until they become tender but still keep their shape.  Fish out the spices and let the apricots cool in the pan.

These were wonderful this morning spooned over plain Greek yoghurt along with some berries.  I reckon they should last a few days in the fridge and will be good for fools or smoothies.

So that’s the update here.  Oh the exam has happened – Small Girl apparently managed to remain sensible (usually she channels her inner Norman Wisdom) and small boy decided that he didn’t need a quick practise as ‘I am too good.’

Take care guys.