Tiny Cooking

Tiny Cooking: Banana Pancakes

The assumed diversity of the white bellied hedgehog diet (to my knowledge there aren’t any studies into the stomach and faecal content of wild white bellied hogs like those for European Hedgehogs as is found here: Wildlife Online.) means that there are plenty of safe and species-appropriate options available for an owner to change what’s on offer at dinner time.

I was delighted to find that hogs can be given the ‘two ingredient’ banana pancakes; these are very easy for me to prepare because this dairy free recipe is where I start when making banana pancakes for myself.

For Chai The Hedgehog

The ingredients are simple: two eggs and one ripe banana

To prepare I used a measuring jug, a little non stick pan and because I wanted cutely shaped pancakes I used a small metallic heart-shaped cutter.

Add the eggs and slices of banana (or the whole banana if you’re feeling dangerous) to the measuring jug. A bowl is fine if you don’t have a jug, I just like pouring the mixture into the pans instead of using a spoon.

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I then use a hand mixer to whiz the ingredients together and pour the mixture into the cutter which is already in the tiny pan (medium heat).

It doesn’t take long for the mixture to cook on one side. To turn I (protect your fingers it will be hot) flip the metallic cutter then use a chop stick or knife to poke the shape down the length of the cutter. Once it touches the pan, lift the cutter off and wait for a few seconds.

Repeat these steps for as many tiny pancakes as you want (you can also free pour less than a teaspoon into the pan for circular pancakes).

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Tiny, tiny pancake dinner garnished with a side of kale and a tea cup of water.

Using the Leftover Mixture for Me

If you don’t use all of the mixture for your hedgehog friendly pancakes, you can enjoy the rest of the mxture for yourself!

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Bubbling pancakes for me!

To the leftover mixture (I only used about a teaspoon or two of mixture above) I add:

1 tbsp flaxseed

2 tbsp self raising flour

1 tsp sugar 

When they didn’t rise I added an additional 1/2 tsp of baking powder

I didn’t need to use the oat milk because the mixture was already at a consistency where it was easy to pour and the pancakes were rising well.

I use the hand blender which I’ve set aside to mix the new ingredients into the banana and egg mixture, and wait for my frying pan to warm up to a medium heat and melt the small amount of butter I’ve put in. Then pour the mixture into the pan and cook until done. I tend to either get my first pancake perfect or find that I need to modify the mixture based on how well the pancake has risen or cooked.

There you are!

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Chai, preparing to walk over her treat. I’d just given her some mealies and she was determined to find more.

Some tasty pancakes for your hedgehog that you can also enjoy. I tried this recipe when Chai rejected my spinach scrambled egg offering because other owners seemed to find more success with banana and egg than other mixtures.

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‘Up’ Themed Trixie House

I’m sure that Chai will be more interested in what adventure (or dinner!) her keen sense of smell and hearing will lead her to as opposed to admiring the latest theme I’ve chosen for her vivarium. Since she won’t mind, and I enjoy Disney, the first theme for her vivarium is Disney Pixar ‘Up’, a heartwarming film full of brightly painted houses, balloons and forest.

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What I Used

  • Trixie Wooden House (29 x 17 x 20 cm) I got mine from Amazon
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Cardboard (the amazon box the house came in)
  • PVA Glue
  • Scissors
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Unpainted Trixie Wooden House still in packaging. Akira the cat quickly realised it wasn’t for him.

Measuring for the Window Frame

Before painting I pressed the cardboard against the window (using two pens so I had both hands free) to get my window measurement. I eyeballed the sign for in front of the door and didn’t measure for the chimney because I added that at the last minute.

Once I had a sketch of the shape of the window I drew the same shape a few millimetres outward from the window shape, then cut the frame out.

Painting

The Trixie House isn’t the same shape as the flying house in Up, the colours I chose to feature was with consideration to the orange and light blue sticky back plastic that will line the inside of the vivarium. The pictures (below) show the second coat of green on the front and the first coat of brown for the roof.

Because I’d painted the front, back and inside of the house first, I had to use masking tape to protect the more visible front from the light blue. In hindsight I should have painted the front of the roof and window panels first, I’d also have not tried to paint the inside of the door frame – it was painted white, blue and finally green when none of the alternatives worked.

Accessories

Earlier I’d cut out a rectangle for a sign and border for the window. I painted these and using the PVA glue attached them onto the front of the house. Once they were attached the light blue of the doorframe didn’t fit, so I painted it green and mixed the wrong shade – drat!

Leftover paint was used to paint the balloons that will be stuck to the back of the vivarium, another reference to the epic scene in Up when his house flies away under the power of helium!

And we’re done!

A pretty and hopefully cosy sleeping nest for a domestic hedgehog.

I added the red chimney on an impulse, cutting the shape of the roof by hand and using PVA glue to support it. This is where the balloons will connect to the house using string – or not if it looks like this will be hazardous.

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