When I’m on a plane, I ALWAYS watch really happy, upbeat films. I don’t want to watch anything miserable or complicated when I’m flying – I just want to have a bit of fun to pass the time. On my journey home from Orlando last week, then, I gave Hotel Transylvania 2 a go. It’s fantastic fun and even if you haven’t seen the first one (which is awesome), you really must give it a go.
I love Adam Sandler, who voices Dracula, the owner of a monster hotel who’s come to terms with relaxing his monster-only policy following his daughter Mavis’ (Selena Gomez) wedding to a human, Johnny (Andy Samberg). Now Mavis and Johnny are having a baby and Drac is waiting to see whether little Dennis turns out to be a human or a vampire. It’s such a fun, feel-good film
The Hotel Transylvania 2 team sent us this amazing pancake art video from Sai Pancakes and asked whether I fancied giving it a go. I’m not exactly creative, but Steve, the blob monster, seemed like a pretty achievable character to turn into pancakes.
We’ve got a friend of Sam’s staying at the moment from Germany and he set to work making our pancake batter the exact shade of green (very successfully, I have to say) with green food colouring paste, and then we began piping. If you watch the experts, you seem to have to start with the edges and then fill in the rest afterwards. After a few goes, we got quite good at it, and the resulting pile of green blob monsters certainly brightened up the breakfast table!
One thing I will recommend is that you keep the batter very thick. We could also have done with a squeezy bottle as the piping bag was a little tricky to handle.
For the pancakes:
225g self raising flour
4 level tbsp caster sugar
2 large, free range eggs
Sift the flour into a bowl and stir in the sugar. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and whisk in the eggs and milk to make a thick batter (you might not need all the milk). Add in a little blob (see what I did there?) of green food colouring paste, then mix again. Heat the pan and brush or dribble with oil, then put your mixture into a squeezy bottle or piping bag and get to work! We added icing eyes and little tiny pieces of chocolate sprinkles for the pupils too.
What do you think? I think creatively, a green blob monster is probably about my limit! Let me know if you give it a go, and DO watch the film, it’s fab.
Hotel Transylvania is out on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray & DVD on 15th February