I don’t know about most of you but I associate certain foods with certain seasons. This is not just for the obvious reason that fruits and vegetables have specific growing seasons. Rather, food for me has memories and feelings associated with it specific to different times of the year.
For example, summer for me includes daily trips to the local Farmers’ Market for the makings of a summertime feast. (Unless it comes from my own garden!) Give me a meal of mouth-watering slices of watermelon, silver queen corn, tomatoes fresh off the vine topped off with freshly made iced tea and cobbler and I’m a happy camper. (You can find my recipe for cobbler on my post, Quick Summer Fruit Cobbler.) And, what summer doesn’t include outdoor barbeques? Nothing beats the aroma wafting through the air of something on the backyard grill. It signals summer for me just as much as the smell of freshly cut grass does.
For many of us, the autumn chill signals football and tailgating as Chef Ryan writes in his post, Tailgating- A Great American Tradition. For me, the changing season signals pancakes.
The smell of pancakes cooking on a cool autumn morning does much the same thing for me as smelling a backyard grill in the heat of the summer. For me, pancakes are a way to feel warm and cozy as the weather changes.
The tradition in my home is to have pancakes every Sunday morning. It is something both David and I look forward to as it is really the only breakfast of the week that we actually sit down and enjoy together – the rest are eaten on the run or are eaten quickly to merely fortify our bodies and start the day. Sunday morning pancakes are a total feel good experience for us!
Years ago I thumbed my nose at pancake mix in any pre-made form. Seriously, what could be better than homemade pancakes? I can whip up a batch in less than ten minutes using all organic ingredients that are better than any out of a box, can or bag. Last Sunday morning when David and I sat down to eat he looked at me and said, “Pancakes together on Sunday morning is my favorite time of the weekend”. My David loves food but, this Sunday morning ritual is what he looks forward to as much as the yummy meal!
I do have one secret step in making my pancakes that I want to share. It is a step that in my view absolutely, positively makes the lightest and fluffiest pancakes ever. I witnessed this step years ago while I was in junior high school. I had a friend whose mom was Swedish and so every Saturday morning she made Swedish Pancakes. I was always thrilled to be invited to Laurie’s house, as I loved these pancakes. I noticed one day that Laurie’s mom let the batter sit on the counter for a long time untouched. Nosy me, I observed this and watched the batter actually rise up with tiny bubbles forming on the surface. (I later realized this is what crepe recipes call for you to do.) Once I began to make pancakes myself, albeit the traditional kind, I did this as well. I soon learned that perfect pancakes are the result of letting the batter sit untouched for about 45 minutes. So, every Sunday morning after I have started brewing a pot of coffee I make the pancake batter and let it sit. David and I enjoy our mugs of coffee, play scrabble on our IPad and wait for breakfast. This Sunday morning ritual of relaxing while the pancake batter rises gives us both warm fuzzies!
Here’s my recipe:
1 ½ c. flour 1 egg, beaten
2 T. sugar 1 ½ c. milk
3 t. baking powder 3 T. butter, melted
1 t. salt
Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Combine in a separate bowl egg and milk; blend well. Add egg mixture and melted butter to the dry ingredients until the batter is stirred. Be sure to leave it lumpy. Let sit for 45 min. to an hour. Cook preferably on a griddle or cast iron skillet.
Add any fresh berries or fruits you want. You can also add nuts such as pecans or spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg.
Everything begins in the home. How you live in your home, the way you interact with others in your home, the traditions and rituals in your home and the foods you eat in your home all evoke feelings in you. Each part of the goings on in your space is vital to your essence. Be cognizant of the importance of this!
Food does more than nourish our bodies. It nourishes our hearts and souls as well.
To living and loving life…
I know Chef Ryan is the resident foodie on this blog but every once in a while I feel compelled to share with you one of my own favorite food recipes that for me adds to making a wonderful recipe for life! Look for Chef Ryan again soon!