Food for Thought is the Foodtv Canada blog and each month it hosts a Cooking Club whereby a different Foodtv recipe is selected for everyone to make and compare notes on. For August, the recipe of choice was Batter Be Good to Me Pancakes from Janet and Greta Podleski, (of Eat, Shrink and Be Merry fame). The Podleski sisters are known for slimming down recipes and upping the health factor, supposedly without losing any taste. After wolfing down a few pancakes, I can vouch for their tastiness so I’d be interested in seeing what else they can do. The only downside to this recipe was that my pancakes didn’t turn out very well in the aesthetics department. This could have been entirely due to a user error, but as you can see in the photos, I’ve had to hide the pancakes underneath a mango fan to distract from their ugliness. I don't think I suffered any because of it… The mango is replacing the strawberry sauce that was supposed to top the pancakes but since I had a case of ripe mangoes sitting on the counter, it was mangoes and maple syrup all the way. And as if that wasn’t good enough, I made a side of Mango lassi, (just mango, honey and plain yogurt) with a few blueberries thrown in to look pretty. My breakfast was coordinated as it was tempting.
Although I called this my breakfast, it was probably afternoon before I ate it. It’s not that pancakes are difficult to make but somehow the act of making them seems to imply a lazy day, doing everything at a snail’s pace. Who cares about the rest of the world, you’re having pancakes! Ideally you shouldn’t even bother getting out of bed before noon. Once you do get up though, don’t shower or get dressed just put on a soft and worn old housecoat and make your pancake breakfast at leisure. When the last pancakes are plated and the syrup is poured, feel free to crawl back into bed, there’s no shame in that. Put the Jack Johnson cd in the stereo, cue up the song Banana Pancakes and indulge.
“This song it's meant to keep you
From doin' what you're supposed to
Like wakin' up too early
Maybe we could sleep in
I'll make you banana pancakes
Pretend like it's the weekend now”
It doesn’t have to be banana pancakes though, mango works quite well too, or chocolate chip, or apple, or cinnamon… whatever you want. Just wake up slow, wake up slow.