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Susan Calman sits in

1 hour, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 08 March 2011

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Katie Derham will be telling us about the Celebrity Kazoo Band that's been put together as part of the BBC Radio 3 Red Nose Show.
Chef, Jacqueline O'Donnell will be rustling up dishes with seasonal veg, Spring Greens.
And research shows that 24% of Scots have experienced a ghost - we speak to Professor Richard Wiseman about his new book 'Paranormal'.


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  • Spring Green Recipes

    Spring green pesto

    3 tablespoons summer harvest rapeseed oil
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    1/2 lb or so greens in season
    1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    1/4 cup lightly toasted nuts (pine nuts, almonds or hazelnuts)
    1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
    1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
    1/2 lemon
    In a pan large enough to hold the greens, heat the oil and sauté the garlic briefly, then add the greens. If you are using a mix of greens, add the tougher ones (like kale and collards) before the tender ones, like spinach. Cook until wilted. The time on this can range widely: for only kale, it may take many minutes, while spinach alone will only take a few seconds. If the greens start to stick, add a splash of water.
    Scrape the cooked greens into the blender and combine, Parmesan, toasted nuts, salt and pepper, and finally, a squirt of lemon juice. If your blender has variable speeds, start slowly and increase gradually. Purée until silky smooth.
    Serve over cooked pasta, with meat or fish, on crackers or toasted baguette as an hors d'oeuvre, or as a spread on sandwiches.

    Steamed spring greens
    large handful spring greens, sliced
    salt and freshly ground black pepper
    25g/1oz butter
    Place the spring greens in a steamer set over a pan of boiling water and steam for 6-8 minutes, or until tender. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper and transfer to a serving dish.
    Dot the butter over the greens and serve

  • Anna's Pancake Recipe

    Anna's Pancake Recipe

    Instant Pancake Dry Mix for American Buttermilk Pancakes

    6 cups all-purpose flour
    1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
    3 teaspoons baking powder
    1 tablespoon salt
    2 tablespoons sugar

    Combine all of the ingredients in a lidded container. Shake to mix.
    Use the mix within 3 months.

    North American Buttermilk Pancake Recipe:
    2 eggs, separated
    2 cups buttermilk
    4 tablespoons melted butter
    2 cups "Instant" Pancake Mix (recipe above)
    A little butter, for greasing the pan
    2 cups fresh fruit such as blueberries, if desired
    Heat an electric griddle or frying pan to 350 degrees F.
    Heat oven to 200 degrees F.

    Whisk together the egg whites and the buttermilk in a small bowl. In another bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the melted butter.
    Combine the buttermilk mixture with the egg yolk mixture in a large mixing bowl and whisk together until thoroughly combined. Pour the liquid ingredients on top of the pancake mix. Using a whisk, mix the batter just enough to bring it together. Don't try to work all the lumps out.
    Check to see that the griddle is hot by placing a few drops of water onto to the griddle. The griddle is ready if the water dances across the surface.
    Lightly butter the griddle. Wipe off thoroughly with a paper towel. (No butter should be visible.)
    Gently ladle the pancake batter onto the griddle and sprinkle on fruit if desired. When bubbles begin to set around the edges of the pancake and the griddle-side of the cake is golden, gently flip the pancakes. Continue to cook 2 to 3 minutes.
    Serve immediately or remove to a towel-lined baking sheet and cover with a towel. Hold in a warm place for 20 to 30 minutes.


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