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Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Fantasy Veggie Dinner Guest – BOBBY FARRELL



Roberto Alphonse Farrell was born in Aruba in 1949. He later moved to Germany and was chosen to be part of Boney M (although, it now transpires, he sang on few of the studio tracks).

However, Farrell, came into his own in live (or mimed) performances.
Boney M had a string of ‘cheesy’ hits in the 1970s, perhaps the best known of which is Rasputin, a very groovy if factually incorrect retelling of the life of the Russian monk.
Rasputin died on 30th January, 1916 in St. Petersburg. In 2010, Farrell died in the same city, also on January 30th. Spooky?

Let’s just look at the Top of the Pops performance of Rasputin…

So, let Zelda turn the clock back and have Bobby for a cheesy 70’s dinner.

70’s STYLE CRISPY PANCAKES

Serves 4

(This makes the standard 'cheesy filling'. You can add other fillings if required.)

For the batter:
125g plain flour
1 egg
Pinch of salt
250ml milk
For the filling:
200g soft cheese
4tbsp milk
150g cheddar cheese, grated
salt and pepper
(+ other items if required)
For assembly and cooking:
4tbsp oil
2 eggs
100g fine golden breadcrumbs (shop-bought work best)


Begin by making the batter
Sift the flour and salt into a bowl.
Make a well and crack in one of the eggs. Then add the milk, whisking to incorporate a bit at a time. Allow the batter to sit for 30 minutes if possible.
Make the pancakes
Heat a little of the oil in a small pan.
Pour in ¼ of the mixture (about a ladleful).
Cook until golden, flipping when ready to cook the other side.
Transfer to a plate.
Repeat until all cooked.

Then make the filling:
Place the cream cheese in a small pan and heat slowly.
Add the cheese and black pepper and stir until you have a thick sauce.
(At this point you can mix in any other cooked ingredients you require, e.g. spring onions or vegetarian bacon pieces.)

Assemble the pancakes:
Take a pancake and lay it flat. Spoon ¼ of the cheese mixture into the centre.
Fold in half and press the edges to seal. (If it does not seal easily, use a little of the remaining egg.)
Repeat with the rest of the pancakes and mixture.
Place the breadcrumbs on a plate and whisk the remaining 2 eggs in a shallow bowl.
Coat each pancake in the beaten egg and then in the breadcrumbs. Repeat if necessary.
Heat the rest of the oil in a pan and fry each filled pancake for 2-3 minutes, turning halfway through, until golden.
Then place on a baking tray covered with greaseproof paper
Cook in oven for about 10 minutes at Gas 6/ 200°C/ 400°F. 
Then turn each one over and cook for a further 10 minutes.
You should now have lovely crispy pancakes which remind you of the packaged convenience food of the 1970s, but will be much better for you! 
Bobby and I will eat ours with some sweetcorn and spring onions. 




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