Guava Pancakes

Prep: 20 mins

Cook: 15 mins

Level: Easy

Serves: 15

System: US Metric


Sweet guava paste is used to make these pancakes and the sauce that tops them off.


1 cup Guava Paste, Cubed
½ cups Water
½ teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
2 cups Flour
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
½ teaspoons Salt
¼ cups Sugar
½ cups Guava Paste, Finely Diced
1 cup Guava Nectar
1 cup Whole Milk
¼ cups Vegetable Oil
2 whole Eggs
Whipped Cream, To Serve


For the sauce:

In a small heavy duty saucepan, heat the cubed guava paste, water, and vanilla on medium/low heat, whisking constantly until the guava paste melts and all the ingredients are combined. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

For the pancakes:

In a large bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, soda, and salt. Whisk in the sugar and set aside.

In a food processor or blender, add the finely diced guava paste, guava nectar, milk, oil, and eggs.

Continuously pulse or blend until well combined, 2-5 minutes. You may still have some guava paste bits in the blended mixture and that is fine.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry and whisk until most of the lumps are out.

Heat a griddle on low heat. Spray with cooking spray and pour a 3-1/2 to 4-inch round onto the griddle.

Flip the pancake when the surface of the pancake becomes somewhat dry and when most of the air bubbles have risen, about 2-1/2 to 4 minutes on each side.

Makes 15 or so pancakes.

To plate, spread butter over the hot pancakes (if desired), then add a dollop of whipped cream and drizzle the prepared guava sauce over the pancakes.




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The Real Importance Of A Travel Log: Keeping Account Of Events

Below are some shared frightful moments onboard an aircraft:

The life of everyone on board depends upon just one thing: finding someone back there who can not only fly this plane, but who didn’t have fish for dinner”

By. Oliver Smith, digital travel editor

EasyJet has denied claims that, ahead of a flight from Malaga to Bristol, one of its pilots told passengers there was a “50/50” chance both its engines would work, before asking them for a “show of hands” to decide whether they should take off or stay put.

According to Gloucestershire Live the flight had already been delayed for two days when a technical issue put the departure in jeopardy once more. The pilot’s alleged comments triggered panic on board, with many people demanding to be let off and one being physically sick.

EasyJet confirmed the “technical issue” but strongly denied that the pilot asked fliers for a vote, while one witness said the hysteria may have been a “misunderstanding”.

“We have ice on the wings and we don’t want to die”
It wouldn’t be the first time a cabin crew announcement has put passengers in a panic.

Last year Ryanair issued an apology after one of its flight attendants told passengers over the PA system: “We have ice on the wings and we don’t want to die.”

She was explaining to those on board why their flight had been delayed for eight hours, but her light-hearted tone did not go down especially well. One passenger claimed the “outrageous” remark saw “all hell break loose” in the cabin. A Ryanair spokesman said the “regettable” comment was made “in the heat of the moment”.
“A quick watery grave”

In 2014, holidaymakers were left “traumatised” after a Monarch pilot told them that a technical problem could have led them to “a quick, watery grave”.

The comments were made after a flight from the Caribbean was delayed for 24 hours due to a problem with the reverse thrusters. As passengers boarded the following day, the pilot also reportedly compared the fault to one that caused the Lauda Air crash in 1991 that killed all 213 passengers on board.

We’re in trouble. We’re going down”
That incident followed a Southwest Airlines flight, during which a pilot, when alerted to a problem, bizarrely declared: “We’re in trouble, we’re going down”. The plane landed safely, despite the warning.

More of the world’s scariest (real) in-flight announcements
In our Travel Truths series Patrick Smith, a pilot, explained that “passengers will be told about any emergency or serious malfunction. And most nonserious ones too.”

He added: “If you’re informed about a landing gear issue, pressurization problem, engine trouble, or the need for a precautionary landing, do not construe this to be a life­or-death situation. It’s virtually always something minor – though you’ll be kept in the loop anyway. With even an outside chance of an evacuation in mind, you have to be kept in the loop.”

Perhaps more eye-opening, however, were the comments left on the article by readers detailing the most worrying crew announcements they have heard on board a flight. Here are some of the best:

21. “On the way to Paris on an early flight, BA pilot announces: ‘Good morning ladies and gentlemen, I’d like to inform you that this is my first flight… [long pause while passengers look at one another]… of the day’, cue relief all round…”

22. “On a plane flying from Kuala Lumpur to Borneo, a good hour or so into the flight, the pilot announced: ‘Ladies and Gentlemen I’m afraid we are going to have to turn around and return to KL as there seems to be a problem with our navigation system. This is fine when we are over land but the problem is rather serious when we’re over water’. Given that we had been over water for a considerable amount of time it was a fairly harrowing journey back.”

23. “After having to wait for over an hour inside the bus on the runway, without any explanation (we learned later that somebody got sick in the previous flight and had to wait for medical assistance), we entered the plane and took off from Lisbon to Frankfurt. Almost an hour later, the captain says: ‘Today everything is going wrong. We have a technical problem and must turn back’. Unfortunate choice of words that kept everybody terrified for the next hour, until we landed safely.”

24. “Flying in a certain sunny African state a decade or so ago: ‘Ladies and gentlemen if you look over our starboard wing you can see the trail of an obsolete Russian Strela 3 that somebody just fired at us’.”

Watch out for missiles


25. “Way back in the Seventies I was on a flight from Heathrow to Glasgow. After take-off there were bumps and the some long, loud grinding and thumping sounds. A little later the captain calmly announced: ‘You may have heard some unusual noises shortly after take-off. It seems that the undercarriage did not fully retract. We therefore recycled it and will now continue our flight to Glasgow when we hope all will go well for our landing there.’ He made no further announcements to the ashen faced passengers. The relief after landing safely was palpable.”

26. “I was sat next to the pilot on a small prop plane coming into land on a dirt strip in Central America. As we hit the ground, a cow decided it would be a good time to wander across the runway. We hit the cow pretty hard and the impact flipped the plane over on to its roof. Amazingly we were both fine, but upside down, still strapped into our seats and with some sort of fluid leaking over us. The pilot turns to me and says: ‘Well that didn’t go so well but at least we get steak for dinner’.”

27. “In the days when every company worth its salt had a ‘mission statement’, I was less than totally reassured on an internal flight in a third world country to read from a card stuck in the seat pocket in front of me that the airline’s mission was ‘to reduce the number of accidents’!”

28. “I was flying to Nairobi sometime in the Seventies. We were somewhere over the Med when the plane seemed to hit a bump. The Captain came on the intercom and said: ‘Ladies and gentlemen, if you would care to take a look at your in-flight magazine and check out our route on the large map in the centre pages, you will see that we have just crossed the fold in the middle…'”

29. “‘Ladies and Gentlemen this is your captain speaking. On our approach to Hong Kong we’ll be touching the tail-end of the typhoon currently in the area. So things might get a touch exciting’. It was pure terror.”

A storm in Hong Kong prompted one particularly scary announcement

30. “Flying into Bathurst, New South Wales, the pilot announced that he was ‘taking a practice run over the runway to scare off the kangaroos’.”

31. “‘Please fasten your safety belts in case we come to a sudden stop – like against the side of a mountain'”

32. “On a delayed flight out of Chicago, when we finally got clearance to take off, the pilot announced: ‘It’s Miller time’ as he hit the throttle.

33. “I imagine a lot of people have heard EasyJet cabin crew’s stock eye-opener (it must be in their manual). ‘Ladies and Gentlemen, we would like to inform you that we have on board someone very special today. He’s an 89-year-old gentleman making his very first flight. So on leaving the plane would you please shake hands with your pilot’. There was one particular crew that used this announcement daily.”

34. “I was delayed leaving Hong Kong last month because of a bad storm over China. On arrival at Heathrow, the driver apologised for the delay but reminded us that ‘it is better to arrive late in this world than early in the next’.”

35. “‘Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome aboard this British Airways flight to Denver. If your travel plans do not include visiting Denver, then now would be the perfect time to make yourself known to a member of the cabin crew'”.

36. “Coming into land in Bermuda on a rather stormy night in January, the pilot comes on and says, “‘We’ll attempt this landing but we might not make it so we’ll keep coming back around and try it again until we do, we have plenty of fuel’.”

We’ll attempt this landing but we might not make it
37. “I’m sure I have heard scary announcements, but frankly its the amusing ones that I remember. In a safety briefing on Westjet (Canada) the flight attendant said: ‘In the event of a sudden drop in cabin pressure, oxygen masks will drop down. If you are travelling with someone who needs help, put your own mask on first, then help your husband’.”

38. “Not really in the same category, but amusing nonetheless: arriving in London from Hong Kong on a Virgin flight the cabin crew announced: ‘It’s customary after a long-haul flight to ask for volunteers to clean the toilets. If you wish to volunteer, please stand up before the fasten seat-belt sign has been switched off’.”

39.. “When flying into Augusta, Maine, from New York in a 12-seater Beechcraft 99 (after being caught in and tossed about in a big snow storm for 45 minutes), the pilot turned round, pulled the curtain aside and yelled: ‘The runway has 24 inches of snow on it and it’s building fast so they are going to send a snowplough down and hopefully keep the snow off until we land. We’re going to give it a couple of minutes though so that we can hopefully get down and stop before we not catch up with the snowplough!’ We made it and ended up just 30 feet behind the moving snow plough who then led us into the terminal building. The snowstorm grounded all flights for three days after that.”

40. “1979 – Lusaka to London…’Ladies and gentlemen, we are running out of fuel, so we are diverting to Rome to make an emergency landing’.”

41. “RNAC (Royal Nepal Air Corp) flight from Dhaka to Kathmandu. After 15 minutres the plane does a steep left turn and heads back to Dhaka. The captain says: ‘We go back to Dhaka. Plane broke. Badly’.”

42. “Flight from Bristol to Faro waiting on the runway to take off. Pilot: ‘Sorry for the delay. We are just waiting for Brussels to recognize we exist.’ Long pause. #Good news. Brussels have acknowledged our presence so we can now take off’.”



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Dusty Springfield “Brand New Me”

Dusty Springfield “Brand New Me”


Influenced by US pop music, Dusty Springfield created a distinctive blue-eyed soul sound. BBC News noted “[h]er soulful voice, at once strident and vulnerable, set her apart from her contemporaries … She was equally at home singing Broadway standards, blues, country or even techno-pop”.   Allmusic’s Jason Ankeny described her…

Artist Biography by Jason Ankeny

Britain’s greatest pop diva, Dusty Springfield was also the finest white soul singer of her era, a performer of remarkable emotional resonance whose body of work spans the decades and their attendant musical transformations with a consistency and purity unmatched by any of her contemporaries; though a camp icon of glamorous excess in her towering beehive hairdo and panda-eye black mascara, the sultry intimacy and heartbreaking urgency of Springfield‘s voice transcended image and fashion, embracing everything from lushly orchestrated pop to gritty R&B to disco with unparalleled sophistication and depth. She was born Mary O’Brien on April 16, 1939, and raised on an eclectic diet of classical music and jazz, coming to worship Peggy Lee; after completing her schooling she joined the Lana Sisters, a pop vocal trio which issued a few singles on Fontana before dissolving. In 1960, upon teaming with her brother Dion O’ Brien and his friend Tim Feild in the folk trio the SpringfieldsO’Brien adopted the stage name Dusty Springfield; thanks to a series of hits including “Breakaway,” “Bambino,” and “Say I Won’t Be There,” the group was soon the U.K.’s best-selling act.

After the Springfields cracked the U.S. Top 20 in 1962 with “Silver Threads and Golden Needles,” the group traveled stateside to record in Nashville, where exposure to the emerging American girl-group and Motown sounds impacted Dusty so profoundly that in 1963 she left the Springfields at the peak of their fame to pursue a solo career. Her first single, “I Only Want to Be With You,” boasted a dramatic sound and soulful melody worthy of a Phil Spectorhit, and it quickly reached the British Top Five; it also fell just shy of the Top Ten in the U.S., where it became the first major record from a U.K. act other than the Beatles since the Fab Four’s launch of the British Invasion. Her biggest American Top Ten hit, “Wishin’ and Hopin’,” was the first in a series of Springfield smashes from the pen of songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David; she would subsequently cover Bacharach/David classics including “Anyone Who Had a Heart” and “I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself,” surpassed only by Dionne Warwick as the finest interpreter of the duo’s songs.

Additionally charting with hits including “Stay Awhile” and “All Cried Out,” by the end of 1964 Springfield was arguably the biggest solo act in British pop, winning the first of four consecutive Best Female Vocalist honors in NME; that same year, she also created a political furor after she was deported from South Africa for refusing to play in front of racially segregated audiences. Returning to England, in 1965 Springfield hosted the television special The Sound of Motown, a show widely credited with introducing the Sound of Young America to the their British counterparts, and continued racking up smashes like “Losing You,” “Your Hurtin’ Kinda Love,” and “In the Middle of Nowhere”; in 1966, she scored her biggest international hit with the devastating ballad “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me,” which topped the U.K. charts and reached the Top Five in the U.S. The soundalike “All I See Is You,” another heart-wrenching evocation of unrequited love, soon reached the British Top Ten as well; it was followed, however, by the Bacharach/David-penned “The Look of Love,” a bossa nova-inflected classic positively radiating with dreamlike sensuousness.

By 1968, however, Springfield‘s commercial fortunes were on the decline — in the wake of psychedelia and the Summer of Love, “girl singers” were now widely perceived as little more than fluff. In response, she signed to the American label Atlantic, traveling to Memphis to record with producers Jerry WexlerTom Dowd, and Arif Mardin; the resulting album, issued in early 1969 as Dusty in Memphis, remains her masterpiece, a perfect marriage of pop and soul stunning in its emotional complexity and earthy beauty. Although the classic single “Son of a Preacher Man” cracked the Top Ten on both sides of the pond, the album itself was nevertheless a commercial failure, as was its fine 1970 follow-up, A Brand New Me, recorded in Philadelphia with the input of the songwriting/production team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. After completing 1972’s See All Her FacesSpringfield relocated from London to New York City, eventually settling in Los Angeles; there she signed to ABC/Dunhill and recorded 1973’s Cameo, another critical success which like its predecessors made virtually no impact on the charts.

Living Without Your Love

A projected follow-up, Longings, was abandoned prior to its completion, and apart from singing backup on Anne Murray‘s Together album, Springfield spent the mid-’70s outside of music while battling substance abuse problems. She finally resurfaced in 1978 with the Roy Thomas Baker-produced It Begins Again, followed a year later by Living Without Your Love; both attracted little notice, although the non-album single “Baby Blue” was a minor British hit in 1979. Apart from a handful of soundtrack contributions, Springfield was silent until returning to London in 1982 to record White Heat, an album firmly grounded in the prevailing synth-pop sound of its times; again, despite good critical notices, a comeback failed to materialize. She would release just a handful of singles over the next few years, including the 1984 Spencer Davis duet “Private Number,” the 1985 ballad “Sometimes Like Butterflies,” and a 1987 collaboration with Richard Carpenter, “Something in Your Eyes,” which became a minor success in the U.S.


Upon returning to California in 1987, Springfield was contacted to collaborate with techno-pop innovators the Pet Shop Boys on a duet titled “What Have I Done to Deserve This?” The single was a global blockbuster, peaking at number two in both the U.S. and the U.K., and it introduced her to a new generation of listeners; Pet Shop Boys Neil Tennantand Chris Lowe also agreed to produce a handful of tracks for 1990’s Reputation, which became Springfield‘s best-selling new album since her ’60s-era peak. The follow-up, 1995’s country-influenced A Very Fine Love, was recorded in Nashville; during sessions for the album, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and after months of radiation therapy the illness was believed to be in remission. By the summer of 1996, however, the cancer had returned, and on March 2, 1999, Springfield died at the age of 59; just ten days later, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


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“Dolly Parton, Here You Come Again”

“Dolly Parton, Here You Come Again”

Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American singer-songwriter, actress, author, businesswoman, and humanitarian, known primarily for her work in country music. Her career began as a child performer on the Cas Walker radio show, then recording a few singles from the age of 13. Relocating to Nashville at age 18 in 1964, her first commercial successes were as a songwriter (her songs during this period were covered by numerous artists, including Bill Phillips and Kitty Wells). She rose to prominence in 1967 as a featured performer on singer Porter Wagoner’s weekly syndicated TV program; their first duet single, a cover of Tom Paxton’s “The Last Thing on My Mind”, was a top-ten hit on the country singles chart and led to several successful albums before they ended their partnership in 1974. Moving towards mainstream pop music, her 1977 single “Here You Come Again” was a success on both the country and pop charts. A string of pop-country hits followed into the mid-1980s, the most successful being her 1980 hit “9 to 5” (from the film of the same name) and her 1983 duet with Kenny Rogers “Islands in the Stream”, both of which topped the U.S. pop and country singles charts. A pair of albums recorded with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris were among her later successes. In the late 1990s, she returned to classic country/bluegrass with a series of acclaimed recordings. Non-musical ventures include Dollywood, a theme park in Pigeon Forge in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, and her efforts on behalf of childhood literacy, particularly her Imagination Library, as well as Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede and Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show.

Parton is the most honored female country performer of all time. Achieving 25 RIAA certified gold, platinum, and multi-platinum awards, she has had 25 songs reach No. 1 on the Billboard Country charts, a record for a female artist. She has 41 career top 10 country albums, a record for any artist, and she has 110 career charted singles over the past 40 years. All-inclusive sales of singles, albums, hits collections, and digital downloads during her career have topped 100 million worldwide. She has garnered eight Grammy Awards, two Academy Award nominations, ten Country Music Association Awards, seven Academy of Country Music Awards, three American Music Awards, and is one of only seven female artists to win the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year Award. Parton has received 46 Grammy nominations, tying her with Bruce Springsteen for the most Grammy nominations and placing her in tenth place overall.


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