Let me tell you a secret: At home, we were never able to make a proper pancake until very recently. I do have a great recipe for a delicious vegan pancake that my family loves but the traditional pancakes have always been a mystery to me. They were never fluffy, or they tasted too much like baking soda, or they burned too easily. My mother-in-law always made amazing pancakes and when we asked for the recipe and follow it, the pancakes were still a flat hard mess. This was serious people! How can’t we make a proper pancake?! After a troubleshooting session with Chris’ mom we found out that everything needs to be mixed by hand! In fact, according to her, the more clumps the better! Thanks Sam for saving our household from a lifetime of underperforming pancakes.
Sam’s recipe is below along with recipes for 2 mains, 1 soup and one of my favourite breakfasts. Enjoy!
Creamy Asparagus Soup – “A fantastically simple asparagus soup (…)” you can read in the Jamie Oliver site. I can’t deny that the soup was indeed simple and delicious. We didn’t add the egg since we already had eggs that morning but I’m sure it would only make this dish that much better.
Pasta with Roasted Cauliflower – This was so good! Always trying to find ways to include cauliflower in our dishes because the kids L-O-V-E it! Pasta and cauliflower made this dish a winner for the whole family.
Moose Chow Noodles – The original recipe is with beef which we don’t really eat but last fall Chris got a moose which has been increasing the amount of meat our household has been consuming. We already made this twice and it has always been great. The meat is tender but without an overly meaty taste, and the dish has a nice sweetness to it. Give it a try!
Red Lentil Oatmeal – I know the name sounds disgusting but believe me when I tell you that if you are into savory breakfasts, you’ll love this one. It’s from the Oh She Glows Cookbook (pp. 47) and basically you cook red lentils and oatmeal in vegetable broth and once cooked and placed in a bowl you top it with humus, tomatoes, and avocado. Do NOT skip the toppings! The toppings make this simple breakfast extremely delicious! In the picture we are having the breakfast with my Superfood Smoothie.
Sam’s Pancakes – The recipe asked for buttermilk but we have tried it with “vegan” buttermilk and it also turned out great. You just need to add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to 2 cups of soy or almond milk. Let it sit for a few minutes. Voila vegan buttermilk!
- 2 cups flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 3 Tbsp sugar
- 3 Tbsp butter (melted)
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 2 eggs
- Blueberries, raisins or chocolate chips (optional)
- In a large bowl combine dry ingredients
- In a medium size bowl combine slightly beaten eggs with the butter and buttermilk
- Add liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and beat with a spoon or fork until combined (remember, clumps are good!)
- Use about ¼ cup of batter per pancake and fry them in medium heat, in butter. At this point you can add blueberries, raisins or chocolate chips.
- Turn the pancakes after about 2-3min and cook them for another minute or so.