Monday, June 30, 2008

Kiefer Sutherland?!?


becomes this:

I was pretty skeptical about these at first. Actually, I was really geekily excited about these at first because I felt so wholesome buying the whole wheat berries at the coop, but then when I actually got the berries in the blender and then added the milk and started actually blending them I was totally freaked out. And then after that when I started pouring them into the pan, I was skeptical. I was like, "I have ruined supper and all it was was pancakes! I am such a dork!". We have run the gamut of emotions on these pancakes. What a fun way to spend a beautiful Sunday early evening, huh? But I really liked them, on one condition- SERVE WITH SOME KIND OF FANCY SAUCE AND CHOCOLATE CHIPS! Then they are perfect.
Recipe from here, I changed the amount of oil and of course soymilk.

Whole Wheat Blender Pancakes with Rhubarb Strawberry Sauce

1 C whole wheat berries
2 T sugar
1 1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
1 T oil
1 1/2 C soymilk

Blend berries and milk (start with 1 1/4 C milk and add more if needed to make pourable batter). Blend slowly and then more and more. Blend a lot. Blend more than you might expect. Blend until you fear for your blender. Then say, "Oh, what the heck!" and blend some more.
Add the rest of the ingredients and mix. Set batter aside for 5 - 10m to 'develop' (sounds menacing, don't it?).

Meanwhile, start your sauce. Boil some water to blanch the rhubarb in. Once it's boiling, dump the rhubarb in and cover and wait for it to boil again. Then take it off the heat and dump it into a colander/strainer and run cold water over it to stop it's cooking. Continue with sauce preparation...

2 C rhubarb
1 C strawberries
1/4 C maple syrup

Combine all ingredients in a microwave safe bowl, mix and nuke for 2m, let rest and nuke again for 2m (should be bubbling). Tada! Sauce!

Get out your trusty old cast iron skillet. Or non-stick pan* -shudder- (just kidding there, haha). Grease it up with oil (I just pour some in and then use a paper towel to drag it around and cover the whole surface- is that bad?). Heat it up. Pour out two small pancakes, wait until edges bubble and center does not shine and flip! and cook for a little less time than you did the first side. If they start smoking, you should flip them (ask me how I know). Repeat 3 more times for a grand total of 8 pancakes.

Serve with yummy rhubarb strawberry sauce and chocolate chips.

*actually, a nonstick pan might work better because these things are pretty sticky- to be completely frank, I practically fried these- I mean, it wasn't an inch of oil in the pan or anything, but it was sure a lot more oil than I'm used to using. Maybe I am oil phobic.

Hey, I read "Ethan Frome" by Edith Wharton. I thought it was boring at first, but then I got all dragged into it and couldn't put it down. It's just a simple story, but boy do you want to know what REALLY happened. So then the book it was in is this compilation of 3 of her earlier novels so I'm reading another one something something country it's called. Huh.

I worked another wedge on my scarf you guys are probably all like, gads! woman, just show us a picture already or something. It's not done. Maybe I'll rework it in the OmegaCrys I got. Maybe I'll design a baby sweater next from the OmegaCrys, actually. I've got a few ideas knocking around I'd like to try out.

In other news I must relate a conversation I had recently with a girlfriend;

Her; "Have you heard of Keffir?"
Me; "The Keeper? (facial expression- bur?) Yes, I've read about it on a few forums."
Her; "The Keeper, what's that?"
Me; "Ah, (insert awkward explanation here)."
Her; "...not something you'd really want to try for the first time at your high school gym class, huh?"
Me; "Ah ha ha, no. Talk about a tragedy you'd never live down."
Her; "No, I said 'Keffir'."
Me; (still reeling from that last part of the conversation) (jokingly) "Kiefer Sutherland, yah, he's hot!"
Her; "NO, Keffir- you know, it's like this yogurt drink!"
Me; (finally getting it) "Oooh, ah ya I've seen it at the coop."

Now that's comedy gold right there, folks.

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