Peter’s Pancakes………

(51) Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge 18/04/12.

Lin Barrie and Peter, the Chef at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge, create special pancakes with a secret ingredient…to be shared with you all in the recipe below!

Peter’s African Pancakes

Soft pancakes with an African twist…

Serve American-style for breakfast with bacon, fried banana and local honey.

Serve English style for afternoon tea with farm butter and Gooseberry jam.


Special secret ingredient: One cup of cooked, COLD, mielie meal (cornmeal) porridge

(This is the same as cooked soft grits or polenta…)

One whole egg

2 Tablespoons caster sugar

Pinch of salt

One cup self-raising flour

One teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

150-200 ml fresh milk


Mix Cold mielie meal porridge with beaten egg, caster sugar and salt.

Sift flour and bi-carbonate of soda and stir briefly into the mielie meal mix, then add enough milk to create a soft dropping consistency.

Have ready a hot cast iron pan or griddle, using minimal vegetable oil.

Quickly drop dessert spoonfuls of pancake mix onto griddle and cook until you see bubbles begin to rise, but not pop!

Immediately turn the pancakes over and finish cooking.

They should be pale gold, not dark brown.

Peter’s pancakes are served, overlooking the Save river.

About wineandwilddogs

Lin Barrie The Save Valley Conservancy stretches along the upper reaches of the great Save River in the south east of Zimbabwe. The Gonarezhou National Park laps against the southern banks of the Save River and between these two nestles the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve. These three celebrated wildlife areas form part of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area, (GLTFCA)- a unique wilderness jewel which is home to the “Big Five” (endangered Black and White rhinos, elephants, buffalo, lion, leopard) and the ”Little Six” (Klipspringer, Suni, Duiker, Steenbok, Sharpe's Grysbok and Oribi). Endangered African wild dogs, Cheetah, Brown hyena, Bat-eared foxes and a host of special birds and plants contribute to the immense variety of this ecosystem. Communities around the GLTFCA contribute to innovative partnerships with National Parks and the private sector, forming a sound base on which to manage social, economic and environmental issues. This is home to artist and writer Lin Barrie and her life partner, conservationist Clive Stockil. Expressing her hopes, fears and love for this special ecosystem with oil paints on canvas, Lin Barrie believes that the essence of a landscape, person or animal, can only truly be captured by direct observation. Lin Barrie states: “Through my art, and my writing, I feel an intimate connection with the natural world, and from my extensive field sketches of wild animals, people and landscapes, I create larger works on canvas. Lin's work is in various public and private collections in South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Australia, England, Canada, Sweden and the United States of America. She is represented by galleries in South Africa, Zimbabwe, England, Kenya and Florida, USA.
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