May 31, 2010

Oats and wheat pancakes

Miss E, our two-year old granddaughter, arrived Sunday afternoon for a sleepover. It's always fun to have the charming Miss E running around the house (she never walks), sharing meals and snacks with us. She loves to eat and is willing to try just about anything before passing judgement. She's just started using the word love to describe how she feels about things, and it's hilarious to hear her tiny self say things like, "I love tempeh!," or "I love pink!" or "I love quinoa!" For dinner she had some unusual-looking seitan which she tentatively picked up and nibbled before exclaiming, I LIKE it!"

Miss E likes to have pancakes for breakfast when she stays with us but I was debating between pancakes and oatmeal, and ended up making pancakes with half wheat and half oats. I even measured the ingredients so I could post a recipe. Then I searched this blog to make sure I hadn't posted the exact recipe before and nope, not the exact one. So here it is.

Oats and wheat pancakes
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup regular rolled oats, ground to flour in blender or food processor
  • 1 tablespoon evaporated cane juice (natural sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt (optional)
  • 1-3/4 cups soy or other non-dairy milk
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar or rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt, if using.
  2. Add the vinegar to the milk and stir to curdle. Stir the oil into the milk.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix together. The batter will be fairly thick, but if it seems too thick, add a small amount of additional milk.
  4. Heat a cast iron griddle over medium heat until hot, then lightly oil it by spreading the oil with a spatula. Throw a few drops of water onto the pan and if it hisses and jumps, it's ready.
  5. Drop batter onto the pan to make approximately 2" pancakes. When bubbles form on top and the edges look dry, turn the pancakes over and cook about 15-30 seconds or until browned.
  6. Serve with pure maple syrup, applesauce, or the topping of your choice.
Makes 4 — 6 servings.

Update: I had batter left over so I stored it in a glass container in the refrigerator. On Wednesday morning I made pancakes again, and they were just as yummy (maybe even better) than they were on Monday. Of course I had to add a little more soymilk to the batter because it had thickened, but having the batter in the fridge made pancakes seem as easy as cold cereal. Well, almost! Had them with date syrup.


Food odds and ends

When my husband is out of town I tend to make myself simple suppers that usually end up being stir fries cooked in my wok. I love cooking in my wok. It's the perfect place to make a one-dish meal. Here's a little back story about our wok. We bought our favorite, flat-bottomed wok when we were living in Australia. We were visiting a living museum — a reconstructed mining town focused on the 19th century Australian gold rush era. All the businesses of the town were functioning as they would have been back in 1861; the bakery sold bread, the foundry produced metal objects, etc. Since many Chinese people had been brought to the area to work on the railroads, Chinese culture influenced the products available in the town. The foundry of the mining town made woks, and, missing my wok from home while living in Geelong, I bought one! We still have it and use it often.

Here's a dinner made from leftovers brought home from Bamboo Garden, a vegan Chinese restaurant. (Everything served at the restaurant is vegan except the fortune cookies.) The crunchy-looking tidbit on the right is fried yuba. After reheating, it had lost its crunchy texture, if not its crunchy appearance. Still tasted great, though.

This is what I currently see when I look out my kitchen door. It seems to be a rhododendron tree. Seattle is loaded with rhododendrons. They're not only abundant, they're enormous. Everywhere I go they are in bloom. I'm familiar with the shrub variety but until I came to Seattle, I'd never seen them grown as trees. The tree is beautiful but piles of the sticky blooms litter the back patio and constantly get tracked into the house. I no sooner sweep them up than they are all back again. It's hard to believe that the tree hasn't run out of blossoms yet.


  1. Stir-fry is great when you are in a hurry or cooking for one.

    That rhododendron tree is stunning! I haven't been able to grow them or azaleas here, I think our soil is not acidic enough.

  2. Mmmmmm, pancakes. I made granola for this weekend, but is there anything you'd rather have for breakfast? Oatmeal? Bagels? All of the above?

  3. I LOVE those pancaces, too! Ans your simple meals look a lot like mine. Stir fries are awesome.

  4. I agree. Sometimes I even make flatbreads in my wok!

    I can't believe you made granola! That's more than amazing.

    The pancakes really tasted great, and because they were half oats, I convinced myself they were healthy, too. :)

  5. Miss E sounds like a little dolly! I LOVE her comment about seitan ;)

    Great wok story--how lucky for you that you lived in Australia. I've never had yuba (that I know of)--sounds interesting! And what a view from your kitchen--it is cleary more "summer" over there than over here right now.

  6. Ricki,
    In this climate, trees and plants seem to be in bloom all year, though I really can't understand why. It's not summery at all — not even very spring-like, in my opinion. Rain, rain, rain and damp. I think today was 60˚F. It doesn't seem to bother the plants but it sure bothers me!

  7. Mmm... All your food looks so good! Those pancakes look like a good idea, too...
    How nice to hear about someone new who's been inspired by your blog!

  8. Hi Penny,
    I love pancakes but hardly ever make them because I always think it's too much trouble. When I finally make some I'm always surprised at how easy it is!


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