SHROVE Tuesday is here, and we want to make sure your pancakes are flippin’ marvellous.
Whether you’re a fan of the traditional lemon and sugar, or prefer a more exotic topping, it’s important to get the basics right when it comes to the batter.
Getty – Contributor Making the perfect pancake can be trickier than you think – but here are some helpful hints you can follow along the way
If your efforts have been panned in the past, don’t fret – as a professional has offered his top tips to making the perfect pancake.
Head Chef Steve Smith, from Michelin-starred restaurant Bohemia in Jersey, has shared his methods for achieving a golden colour on the outside while keeping it light and fluffy on the inside.
He revealed that they key to making the ultimate batter is ensuring all the ingredients are at room temperature before they’re added.
Interestingly, he also recommends mixing the dry ingredients – flour and salt – in a separate bowl to the wet ones (milk and eggs).
Alamy The ideal pancake will be golden on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside
Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the wet mixture, then stir until everything is combined – but don’t overwork the batter by trying to smooth out all the lumps.
OK, so far it’s all sounding pretty simple – and not wildly different to most people’s way of making pancakes.
But the most common mistake is the next stage – not letting the batter rest for long enough.
Steve recommends giving it at least five minutes before ladling it into the pan.
Getty – Contributor Don’t overwork the batter by trying to smooth out all the lumps
This will give the gluten, which you have created from stirring up the batter, time to relax and for the lumps in the batter to smooth out naturally.
It will also give the pancakes a nice, thick consistency, meaning they’ll turn out fluffier.
And you can use the rest time to prepare your tasty toppings!
Steve suggested spicing up your pancake mix by including spices, citrus zest, herbs, ginger, cinnamon, vanilla extract, chocolate chips, raisins, cheese and sweetcorn.
And you don’t necessarily have to make them in the traditional round shape.
Copyright-MattPorteous Head Chef Steve Smith, from Michelin-starred restaurant Bohemia in Jersey, suggests adding spices and herbs to the mix
Baftas Host Joanna Lumley Suffers Embarrassing Moment When Presenter Rebecca Ferguson Turns Up In The Exact Same Dress
JOANNA Lumley hosted the 2018 BAFTAs, but suffered an awkward moment when she realised she was wearing the same dress as one of the stars in the room.
Joanna and actress Rebecca Ferguson both stepped out for the occasion in a caped black gown.
Rex Features Joanna Lumley working her magic at the 2018 BAFTAs
Both women stuck to the all-black dress code to support the Times Up movement, but proved that original frocks are sometimes hard to find.
The 71-year-old Absolutely Fabulous star and the 34-year-old Swedish actress, who has featured in The Girl On The Train and Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation, both donned very similar dresses.
Did Joanna pretend not to notice and inwardly cringe?
Hell no – the funny woman made a joke about the situation and how they were similar in age, and kept the awkwardness to a minimum.
Getty – Contributor A pregnant Rebecca Ferguson rocking the cape dress
Twitter has been loving Joanna’s cape all night.
One woman tweeted: “Can we all take a moment to appreciate Queen Joanna Lumley and her cape! She looks FLAWLESS #EEBAFTAs #JoannaLumley”.
While another wrote: “Joanna Lumley’s wearing a cape to to present the #BAFTAs she’s already better than Stephen Fry in my book!”
But it wasn’t JUST Joanna Lumley and Rebecca Ferguson – even more actresses donned capes for the night.
Rex Features Angelina Jolie looked incredible in her caped frock
Rex Features Natalie Dormer could be a superhero in this dress
Could Joanna, Rebecca, Natalie and Ange all convince us to become caped crusaders in real life?
We sure hope so because if the Times Up movement isn’t enough proof that women hold the power, a superhero cape could be just what’s needed.
Baftas 2018 Best Dressed… Angelina Jolie, Margot Robbie & Lupita Nyong’o Win The Style Stakes
STARS of stage and screen have hit the red carpet tonight for the 2018 BAFTAs, held in London’s Royal Albert Hall.
The stars nearly all showed solidarity with the “Me Too” movement and the “Time’s Up” campaign by shunning colour and wearing black gowns.
Rex Features Margot Robbie is the talk of the town with this look
I, Tonya star Margot Robbie has everyone swooning with this look.
The Australian-born actress, who lived in the UK for a while, turned heads in her Givenchy chiffon gown.
Another actress who wowed on the red carpet was award season veteran Jennifer Lawrence.
Donning a custom Dior gown, she is the belle of the ball.
Rex Features The actress kept her hair and make-up simple
PA:Press Association Jennifer Lawrence in Dior
Jennifer Lawrence looked splendid as she arrived for the prestigious annual event.
Another American starlet has graced the red carpet in London – Angelina Jolie.
Looking incredible in a figure-hugging gown, Angelina has never looked better.
Rex Features Angelina Jolie donned black to join in with the Times Up movement
Rex Features Cinderella star Lily James turned heads in this princess-like gown
AFP or licensors Lily James sporting a rock on her left hand
She may have starred as Cinderella in the hit movie, but actress Lily James knows how to turn heads before midnight as well.
The Darkest Hour actress looked beautiful in a off-the-shoulder tulle dress by Burberry.
AFP or licensors Lupita Nyong’o dazzled in this creation
Proving an all-black dress code needn’t be boring, Lupita Nyong’o worked the shade with aplomb.
The Black Panther actress opted for an Elie Saab gown from the brand’s couture collection.
PA:Press Association Saoirse Ronan dressed very cool for the annual award show
BAFTA nomiee Saoirse Ronan looked insanely good in her Chanel dress from the pre-fall collection.
The Ladybird star has nailed award season so far, and Karl Lagerfeld has obviously been paying attention.
PA:Press Association Kate Middleton arrived looking gorgeous in green
The Duchess of Cambridge arrived to the BAFTAs looking amazing in a green Jenny Packham dress.
The pregnant royal shunned the all-black dress code.
PA:Press Association Emma Roberts opted for a plunging neck line
Getty Images – Getty Salma Hayek rarely gets it wrong
Salma Hayek opted for a stunning Gucci dress for the 2018 BAFTAs.
She teamed the look with Hollywood starlet hair and big jewels.
The actress always gets it right and this outfit is on the money.
Rex Features Natalie Dormer on the red carpet
Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer looked incredible as she took to the red carpet.
Wearing an off-the-shoulder Christian Dior gown teamed with large tassel earrings, she’s one to take notice of.
Rex Features The actress opted for super large tassel earrings
Also joining her on the red carpet was nominee Kristin Scott Thomas.
The 57-year-old, who is nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Darkest Hour, looked gorgeous in a monochrome dress and a Times Up badge.
Rex Features Rebecca Ferguson clutched her bump as she sashayed down the red carpet
Getty – Contributor Cute couple Oliver Proudlock and Emma Louise Connolly attend the EE British Academy Film Awards
Rex Features Nominee Kristin Scott Thomas was beaming as she arrived on the red carpet
Rex Features Andrea Riseborough putting her best foot forward on the red carpet
Andrea Riseborough went for a voluminous design for the 2018 BAFTAs.
The split is a raunchy style for the 36-year-old actress.
PA:Press Association Couple Jamie Bell and Kate Mara turned it on for the cameras
BAFTA nominee Jamie Bell arrived at the BAFTAs with his new wife Kate Mara.
The pair looked adorable on the red carpet, and Kate’s dress was an interesting take on the Me Too dress code.
Jennifer Lawrence’s ex, Nicholas Hoult is also in attendance looking dapper as ever.
Rex Features The 28-year-old looked sharp in his suit
Rex Features Timothee Chalamet looked hot to trot
Rex Features Orlando Bloom took the all-black dress code quite literally
Early arrivals included the likes of Lydia Bright who is working the red carpet for EE.
Donning a bridal gown dyed black for the occasion, Lydia looked the best we’ve ever seen her.
Rex Features Lydia Bright looks classy as she arrives to work the BAFTAs red carpet
Rex Features Lydia Bright showing off the figure she works hard for
Lydia told The Sun: “I do train quite a lot – I train four times a week. I enjoy it because it keeps my mental attitude strong and I think it’s really important for me to feel my beat and look my best.”
Rochelle Humes also arrived early, looking super in her black gown.
AP:Associated Press Rochelle Humes went for a plunging V-neck
PA:Press Association Dermot O’Leary and his wife Dee
As well as the leading ladies dressing all in black, their male counterparts also got in on the act.
Red carpet host Dermot O’Leary looked dapper as ever in his black suit, complete with Times Up pin.
PA:Press Association Millie Mackintosh went for a plunging jumpsuit
Rex Features Millie gave the cameras a show
Their silent protest makes a stand against sexual harassment in the wake of the scandal centred around movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.
PA:Press Association Actress Karen Gillan showed off some leg on the red carpet
Former Doctor Who star Karen Gillan showed off a sexy new look thanks to her leg-baring Vera Wang dress.
The Jumanji 2 star kept the rest of her look plain with super straight hair and minimal accessories.
Baftas 2018 Fashion Fails… Anya Taylor-joy, Cressida Bonas & Haley Bennett Don’t Quite Hit The Mark
THE BAFTAs is a night to show off your best style and to get showered in praise for choosing an amazing outfit. This lot didn’t quite get the memo, and chose looks for the night that didn’t make you go ‘wow’.
AP:Associated Press Anya Taylor-Joy went for a high fashion look for the BAFTAs Anya Taylor-Joy experimented with a daring look for the BAFTAs, but the traditional event isn’t somewhere to try a new style. The 21-year-old actress went for Dolce & Gabbana head-to-toe for the event – complete with a gold headband. Perhaps this look would be best suited at the Teen Choice Awards. Or for her graduation ball surrounded by all her friends, not royalty.
PA:Press Association Haley Bennett arrived in this shocker
Actress Haley Bennett is known to be a rising star in the style department, but she is majorly missing points with this catastrophic look.
Wearing this Chloe dress, she looks like she’s auditioning for the role of the wicked witch in panto.
Not a good choice with this one, Haley.
Rex Features Cressida Bonas failed with this look Prince Harry’s ex-girlfriend Cressida Bonas is a gorgeous girl, but she definitely missed the mark for the BAFTAs. From the naff sequins to the frills, the clunky shoes and the Sandy from Grease hair, this is not her finest hour.
Rex Features Allison Janney, what were you thinking? I, Tonya star Allison Janney should be looking a million dollar for the BAFTAs, thanks to being a nominee. But no, she hasn’t quite cut it with this strange ensemble. We have so many questions: Did they run out of fabric for the front? Why are the arms so terrible? Did she want to wear this?
Rex Features Our eyes are hurting
Rex Features Tatiana Korsakova attending the EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall
This dress looks like Tatiana Korsakova couldn’t decide what to wear so she raided her Christmas wrapping paper collection and whipped up a whole new look.
Way too much.
PA:Press Association Ruth Wilson looked like she was off to a job interview Actress Ruth Wilson wanted to be suited and booted – showing off that women can wear suits on the red carpet just like any man can. And while we give her an A for effort, this look is too severe; she looks like she’s off to an interview right after attending a funeral.
Rex Features AJ Odudu went sheer and daring
When you’re hanging out with royalty, it’s a night for pure class and AJ Odudo didn’t get the message.
This dress is more suited for a night out in a club than a regal red carpet affair.
PA:Press Association Jackie St Clair should have left her jacket at home
Rex Features Hayley Squires played it safe
There’s nothing wrong with Hayley Squires’ dress, but it doesn’t excite.
The girl needs her moment to shine, and a boring plain dress isn’t going to do it.
Rex Features Lucy Cohen’s dress is a bit too Morticia Addams
PA:Press Association Florence Pugh in an unflattering navy dress
PA:Press Association Leslie Bibb and Sam Rockwell attend the BAFTAs
Rex Features Hugh Grant’s girlfriend chose chunky boots for the swish red carpet
The 2018 BAFTAs saw some of the biggest names in showbiz wearing black to make a stand against sexual harassment, but some just didn’t want to play ball.
PA:Press Association Hofit Golan broke the rules
While Hofit Golan’s dress is delightful, it did break the all-black rule for this year’s attendees.
Kate Middleton also broke the all-black dress code, but unlike Hofit, she had a reason.
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