What’s Hot plus Five of the Best… Pancake paraphernalia

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Cumbrian lamb

Herdwick lamb reared in the Cumbrian Hills is back in Booths stores for its limited season of four months. Delicious in its own right but buying it also provides much-needed support for Cumbrian hill farming

Cumbrian lamb, diced £15.50/kg, rolled shoulder £10/kg, loin chops £16/kg, visit booths.co.uk

Teapot cake

Hard to resist this Wonderlandish creation, a barmily surreal cake in the shape of a blue tea pot. Additional bonuses include layers of sponge held together with chocolate buttercream filling

Teapot cake £12 from Marks & Spencer, marksandspencer.com

Paolozzi Lager

Coinciding with the terrific retrospective currently on show at the Whitechapel Gallery in East London, Paolozzi lager brewed by the Edinburgh Beer Factory is a hefty unpasteurized 5.2% abv ‘Helles’ lager – a suitable tribute to the Edinburgh-born artist

Paolozzi lager, on draft in 17 Fuller’s pubs in central London, or at the Design Museum’s Parabola restaurant. Also available in 33cl bottles (£2.50) from edinburghbeerfactory.co.uk


dessert-food-fruiting-foodFive of the best… Pancake  Paraphernalia

Red Maple Syrup

Tapped early in the Canadian spring during the short red maple harvest, red maple syrup is rich and buttery with a strong caramel taste. Limited supplies are available at Sainsburys from 12 Feb, £6/189ml, sainsburys.com

Flipping Good!

Twenty-five different countries produce Pancakes of one sort or another – many of them feature here in this definitive guide to pancake-making. Learn how to conjure up American pancakes, blinis, Arabic atayef and Sri Lankan hoppers as well as crepe suzette, oat pancakes and the battery kind you’ll be flipping for Shrove Tuesday (28 Feb). Flipping Good! by Sudi Piggot, Kyle Books £12.99, kylebooks.com

Buckwheat pancake mix

New health-wave pancake ingredients by Wyldsson include Buckwheat Chia pancake mix (£2.99/220g) and a thick chocolate spread made from organic Peruvian cocoa and roasted hazelnuts sweetened with dates and cashew nuts (£5.99/360g). It’s high in protein, suitable for vegans and free from refined sugar and palm-oil

Visit www.wyldsson.com for details

Penguin pancake pan

Powerglide, non-stick pancake pan with an indented penguin design incorporated into the base. Comes with a squeezy bottle to ensure the right distribution of mix and a thermospot that tells you when the pan has reached the correct cooking temp.

Tefal penguin pan, £20 from Tesco or visit www.tefal.co.uk

Mixing bowls

Three useful stainless steel batter mixing bowls (from D:13c/H:7cm) in spring-like shades of green, blue and white, £6 from Flying Tiger, the Danish store specializing in everyday items. Also available, silicone spoons in pink, green and blue (£4 for 3 spoons), whisks (£3) and weighing scales (£8).

Visit uk.flyingtiger.com