Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Bird Resource ~ Pancakes!

[I have no idea why this post is underlined and weird.  I tried over and over to fix it but it wouldn't listen to me! Sorry...]

What's Schoolin'?

I just ran across this bird link and thought I would share:


I haven't explored every bit of it yet, but can't wait to sit down with dd and delve into it!

What's Cookin'?

Today is Fat Tuesday/Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras/Pancake Tuesday.  Do you know what's in your pancake mix???  Here are the ingredients from the box of the Pioneer brand complete pancake mix that dh used to make pancakes Sunday while I was still recovering on the couch (at which point I tried hard not to care and be thankful that he was making them - plus he and dd were enjoying time in the kitchen together, priceless):

Enriched Bleached Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Ribloflavin, Folic Acid). Yellow Corn Flour, Sugar, Dextrose, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean And/Or Cottonseed Oil, Salt, Sodium Bicarbonate, Monocalcium Phosphate, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate, Corn Syrup Solids, Sodium Caseinate (A Milk Derivative), Mono & Diglycerides, Buttermilk. [14 ingredients!! And some are baddies.]

Here are the ingredients in the homemade pancakes the dc and I make (often I soak them, sometimes I don't):

Flour, baking powder (aluminum-free from Rumford), (Real) salt, (real) egg, (real) milk, (healthy) oil/fat, and bit of sugar (optional).  
[I only count... 6 or 7 and it's all real.]

Honestly, it only takes about 30 seconds longer to make it from scratch.  Give it a try!  Here is the recipe (without soaking, using white flour to make your transition easier):

1-1/2 C unbleached all-purpose flour


Mix it all together and add a bit of water to thin it to your preference (I don't actually sift or mix dries/wets separately and they still come out okay).

To use the soaking method:

I use white whole wheat or whole wheat when I'm soaking.  Mix flour with 1/2 C milk, 1/2 C water, 1/4 C whey (plus 1 teaspoon rye flour if you have any).  The next morning add the rest and thin with water.  I often double this recipe and usually soak it.  

This recipe is shared in the Old Fashioned Recipe Exchange:

It is also part of Kelly's Real Food Wednesday:

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