Back in the days my husband and I used to eat at iHop a lot. Almost every Saturday or Sunday we would go there for a breakfast and I would have a huge stack of pancakes, always a different flavor or whatever new they were having that time.
One day while I was pregnant with our No. 2, as usual, we went to our local iHop for breakfast and we haven’t been there since. I have no idea if they have changed something or because of my pregnancy I was more sensitive but I hated the food there that day. On that day my love affair to their pancakes has vanished. For good!
Instead I’ve started making my own pancakes. For a while I had struggle finding a good, fluffy and flavorful batter.
Mix dry ingredients and wet in two separate bowls. Then mix everything together and let it sit for about 10 minutes.
Pour about 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake on hot skillet. Immediately top each pancake with a few blueberries and small pieces of marzipan paste. Fry until the top is bubbly. Flip over and fry for additional minute or until nice and brown.
My husband eats them with maple syrup.
My daughter with strawberry jam or not… 😉
For me, with all the flavors going on just inside those pancakes, plain are all what I need.
The marzipan is such a nice addition. It just pops out when you eat those pancakes. Of course you need to like marzipan in order to enjoy them like I do. My husband being not the biggest fan of marzipan likes it hidden like that although he prefers banana-blueberry pancakes.
These days my family is in a stage of eating hot oatmeal for breakfast. On weekends we are more likely to have pancakes for breakfast but during the week we eat oatmeal.
Many times while I get busy with morning chores my oatmeal gets cold.
I don’t like cold oatmeal.
Many times when my daughter is not in the mood she won’t even touch her bowl. It doesn’t happen very often but when it does and I end up with two bowls of cold oatmeal.
So a few weeks ago I had an idea how to re-use that cold oatmeal and not to throw it away (because I really don’t like to throw out a perfectly good foods).
My recipe for oatmeal:
2 cups whole milk
1 cup oatmeal (quick oats or old-fashioned, it works with both).
3 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
Mix everything together and cook on medium high until the oatmeal is cooked and thick.
We eat it hot topped with sliced bananas, fresh blueberries or strawberries (or nothing 😉 )
As for the smoothie, so far I made four kinds based on this leftover oatmeal:
Here are the recipes:
1 cup leftover oatmeal
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1 cup frozen strawberries
1/8 tsp almond extract
1 1/2 cup leftover oatmeal
1 1/2 cup fresh strawberries
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp honey
1 cup leftover oatmeal
1 granny smith apple, with the peel
2 Tbsp flax seed meal
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup leftover oatmeal
1 small orange
1 small grapefruit
3 tsp honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
Personally I really like grapefruits. I always have. Grapefruits are my mom’s favorite fruits and I grew up watching her eating them without any sugar or any other topping. She always would eat them like oranges. These days I do the same which always surprises my husband who is used to people eating grapefruits with a spoon and sprinkled with sugar (bleh… , btw)
I think I liked the last smoothie the best. It had really great and unique flavor. The thing is that to make that smoothie the “right way” requires a very good blender. Something like Blendtec, Ninja or Vitamix. With regular blender the smoothie won’t get the “smooth” consistency without strings of orange or grapefruits here and there, and that is the key when it comes to making smoothie with those fruits. The strings don’t taste good and they always destroy the good flavor and I think that’s why people don’t like to use them in smoothies (or use only juice).
I actually had never baked scones before and after going through the recipe, which is crazy easy, I decided to make it for breakfast.
I took me about 20 minutes to make to dough. I didn’t bake it right away because I didn’t want them to be cold when my husband and two-year old get up.
I used only half of the ingredients from the original recipe and I ended up with 6 huge scones packed with strawberries and chocolate.
I didn’t have white chocolate so I used dark instead and it worked perfect.
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/8 (2 oz) cup sugar 2 tsp. baking powder 1/8 tsp. salt 3/4 cup strawberries, coarsely chopped 1/2 cup dark chocolate, cut into chunks
3/4 – 1 cup heavy (whipping) cream*
extra cream or milk, for brushing (optional) coarse sugar, for sprinkling (optional)**
* I used only 3/4 cup and it worked just fine
**I used turbinado sugar and it tasted delicious!!!
Preheat the oven to 425F. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add the chopped strawberries and chocolate and toss to coat. Add the cream and stir just until the dough comes together. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough a few times, then pat out about an inch thick.
Cut into wedges, squares or rounds using a knife, biscuit cutter or glass rim. Transfer onto a parchment-lined baking sheet; if you like, brush the tops with milk or extra cream and sprinkle with coarse (or turbinado) sugar. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden. Serve warm.
The funny part in this story is that all of those scones ended up in my belly and nobody’s else. My daughter after a few bites decided that she doesn’t want them because they make her “dirty”. When hot the chocolate inside those scones is nicely melted in parts and… ohhh so gooey 🙂
My daughter, though, doesn’t like this kind of texture. She wanted me to feed her those parts where there wasn’t any chocolate or strawberry (which was hard to find in these scones) and she didn’t want to touch them. Husband ate half of one scone and decided it’s too sweet with what I don’t agree. I think they are perfect when it comes to sweetness.
I have never been big on gifts. For any occasion. B-day, Christmas, Women’s Day or Mother’s Day. Maybe because I grew up in a household where those things weren’t that important. My mom prefers to receive a living plant than a bunch of dead-in-a-few-days flowers. Maybe because of her I’m the same way.
But every single year no matter what we celebrated the most important thing was to be nice to the person who was celebrating her or his day.
A simple hug or a few words assuring that you remember.
So for those who still haven’t decide what to give to their mothers on Mother’s Day, I say: “make her a delicious breakfast to bed. and give her the day off”. She’ll appreciate it more than anything!
If it’s homemade and a little healthier than usual it’s even better.
Something like whole wheat buttermilk blueberry banana pancakes with turbinado sugar.
I assure you, that will make her day!
1 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour,
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder,
1 tsp. baking soda,
4 tsp. turbinado sugar,
1/4 tsp. salt,
1/4 cup flaxseed meal,
1 1/2 cup buttermilk (homemade will work great)*
2 1/2 Tbsp. butter, melted, cooled,
1 cup fresh blueberries,
1 ripped banana, sliced
In one bowl mix very well dry ingredients.
In second bowl mix very well wet ingredients.
Combine dry ingredients with wet. Do not overmix it. Now wait for at least 10 minutes for the batter to rest and let the baking soda and powder to start working its magic.
In the meantime heat the griddle on medium high. Melt about 1/4 Tbsp butter on it.
Sliced you banana so it’s ready to use.
When the griddle is ready spoon about 1/4 cup of the batter on it, more for bigger pancake.
Now sprinkle it with a few blueberries and sliced banana. (picture below does not show bananas because it’s from a different recipe, but you get the idea 🙂 )
Wait until bubbles appear on the top and the batter doesn’t look runny anymore.
Flip on the other side and fried for another minute or until light brown.
Garnish with the leftover fruits, maple syrup, honey, jam, icing sugar or whipped cream… . Whatever is your mother’s favorite topping 🙂
I do like mine plain served with black coffee.
All-purpose flour will work if you do not have whole wheat pastry flour. You can use regular white or brown sugar in place of turbinado sugar.
I used to make them without that healthy twist before and they looked like that:
* Homemade buttermilk:
you’ll need milk and fresh lemon juice. For each cup of milk you need 1 Tbsp of lemon juice. So for this recipe you need:
1 1/2 cup of milk
1 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice (2 Tbsp. are fine, too)
Pour the lemon juice into the milk. VERY GENTLY stir just one time. Let it sit for at least 10 minutes before using.
Fast and easy with not a lot to prepare before and to clean after… . That is my motto these days if it comes to food. If it tastes delicious it’s even better 😉
Having this motto in my mind I came up with a super delicious and creamy avocado-spinach-cucumber smoothie. I had no idea how good cucumberis for us and how much freshness it brings when blended into a smoothie.
Yesterday I fixed myself this smoothie for dinner.
I’m trying to lose my extra pounds that are seem to hold on to me for dear life. No wonder… if you look at those pictures below you’ll see not only the smoothie but a fresh-baked apple pie. I say, if it’s made with brown sugar and whole wheat flour it means it’s good for me and I feel less guilty eating it, untill I look at the mirror… .
btw, it’s a kid friendly dish with no questions asked.
I ate a whole jar of that smoothie and after I finished it I was THAT close to make another one but then I thought: “pie or another jar of smoothie”. Pie won.
This morning I couldn’t wait to fix myself the same smoothie with a few changes.
3/4 cup vanilla yogurt, (plain will do just fine, but using it you may want to add more honey or dates) *
1 big orange
1/2 medium english cucumber,
BIG handful spinach
2 Tbsp honey (or more, if you like) **
* if it’s too thick add a smal amount of pineapple juice (or whatever juice you like)
** the second time (today) I made it using dates (about 12) instead of the honey. Liked it better with the honey.
Blend it all together until creamy and smooth. It will take more time to get that consistency if you’re using dates. That’s why I didn’t like it that much as with honey because I ended up with very small, not blended very well pieces of dates in my smoothie.
… and that’s how we were working today in order to take those delicious pictures 😉
The weather is just gorgeous here, perfect for a green and refreshing treat like this smoothie!
Have a wonderful day, everybody. I should start getting ready for a date with my husband… (and the kids).
Not every single night although I’m not sure. Maybe I just don’t remember.
In my dreams I create smoothies. I mix all kids of fruits and veggies trying to figure out what taste the best. It’s silly and absurd. Oh well, welcome to pregnancy – a period of the most craziest dreams in the entire life. I mean, dreaming about smoothies is nothing compare to what my dreams look like for the most of my pregnancy.
Sometimes I can’t wait for the morning to start so I can have my smoothie.
So far I’ve made many spinach smoothies but this one seems to be very tasty in my daughters’ opinion. The thing is that I prefer mine to be a little bit tart. Almost always I add lemon juice or very sour apple to achieve that taste… sometimes I avoid adding banana because its too much sweet for me.
Last week we went to Olive Garden – my husband’s favorite restaurant (and I have really no idea why). I wasn’t hungry so I ordered their strawberry smoothie… and let me tell you… that was one of the worst smoothies I have ever had. On the other hand my husband loved it. It was so sweet I could swear they use 1lb of sugar for this single glass.
Maybe it wasn’t that bad but me being so accustomed to not so sweet smoothies at all made it oversweet in taste.
Back to my green smoothie.
The last time I made it it was bitter-sweet and both me and my daughter loved it.
These days my daughter is so used to having those smoothies that everytime I’m taking pictures of what I just fixed (thinking it’s a good recipe to share on my blog), she stays very close to me hoping for a quick sip (or two). I don’t know if she really likes the taste of it or she just thinks that if I’m giving so much attention to this glass it has to be something good… Right!?
As long as she eats it saying “yummy” while massaging her belly I’m happy 🙂 (yes, she really does that).
1/2 cup plain yogurt (more if needed)
1/2 cup strawberries
1 apple, washed, cored, with skin (granny smith for more tart taste)
lemon juice from 1/2 lemon (its about 1 Tbsp, depends on the size of the lemon)
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 big handful baby spinach
If that smoothie is too tart I would add a teaspoon of honey or maple syrup but for us it worked perfect without it.
I’ve made those cinnamon rolls twice before I got my bread maker. Each time they came out looking and tasting pretty good, but I wasn’t thrilled with the effect in general. Neither my husband. We ate them with cream cheese frosting which actually made them more enjoyable.
Last Saturday I decided to give them one more chance and I was craving cinnamon rolls.
I got up MUCH too early and I though it’s a perfect time to make those as the process takes about 2 hours. This time I used help of my dear friend, the bread maker 🙂 and that was the best decision I could ever made. Those “nothing special” cinnamon rolls came out as THE BEST CINNAMON ROLLS I have ever had !!!
Fluffy, soft inside and with a crunch on the outside. Those previous two times I made them they weren’t half that big and fluffy. I guess I am not as good in hand kneading as I though I was. In addition in my entire apartment there is no place warm enough for the dough to raise. A few times working with yeast dough I tried to leave the dough in warm oven but that didn’t work for me at all.
Look at those beauties. They were so good that I didn’t have to make any frosting just a little bit of butter spread over hot rolls and that was it.
This recipe is adapted from Chef in Training. I changed a few things to make them more healthy.
Ingredients for the dough:
2 cups milk
1/2 cup olive oil
3/4 cup brown sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup bread flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 Tbsp. salt
1 packet (2 1/4 tsp.) active dry yeast
1/3 cup flax seed meal
1/4 cup chia seeds
Ingredients for the filling:
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened, divided in half
10 Tbsp. brown sugar (more or less), divided in half
Mixed milk and brown sugar in a sauce pan and heat it up just until the sugar is dissolved and milk is slightly warm. Transfer to bread maker. Add olive oil, salt, all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour. Sprinkle yeast on top. Set the bread maker on “dough”. During the second kneading open the bread maker and add 1/2 cup bread flour, baking soda, baking powder, chia seeds and flax seeds meal.
After it’s done (in my bread maker it takes 1h 10 min), divide the dough in half. I never use rolling pin to roll the dough out. I use my hands to stretch it in into about 11 inch x 9 inch rectangle shape.
Don’t be greedy and spread a generous amount of softened butter (in my case it’s about 2 Tbsp, sometimes a bit less sometimes more – it depends on how big the rectangle is) over the surface of rolled out dough. Rub half of the brown sugar over the dough. You might start with 4 Tbsp. and if you decide it’s not enough add more until the surface is covered. Sprinkle 2 Tbsp. of cinnamon. Feel free to add more.
Starting from the longest side fold the dough towards you.
Cut rolls into 1 1/2 inch (2 inch is fine too) pieces.
Put them into greased pie pan or on a baking sheets. Cover and let rest for 30 minutes.
Repeat with second half of the dough.
Bake in 375 for 18 minutes for pie pans or 12-15 minutes for baking sheets.
This time I used both: pie pan and baking sheets to compare which is better.
I used two 9 inch pie pans. In the first one I put 8 rolls in the second 7.
7 seems to be a perfect amount as you can see on the picture above.
Rolls on baking sheets were 1,5 inch apart.
… and while in the oven they leaked out the filling:
Rolls baked in pie pans where clean and nothing leaked out. They came out bigger and fluffiest, too.
They were so delicious and with the perfect amount of sweetness that we didn’t need any frosting at all. I spread a little bit of butter while still hot to make them more moist and not so dry on top.
I still highly recommend the cheese cream frosting from the original recipe. It’s so good that every time I make it I eat half just by itself.
This Little Lady ate 4 of those huge rolls on the first day and she kept asking (in her own language) for more.
I had to hide them as I was afraid she’s gonna get sugar rush. That’s there is the best indicator that the rolls were really good. Before, she wasn’t really a big fan of those. She would eat a half of one small roll and she was done, she didn’t want more even on the second day.
Now I know that the secret for a perfect rolls is in the bread maker 🙂
oh… and if I just had a coffee… those would be just perfect, but for now milk will do the job – it has to 🙂
As a big fan of Food Network I couldn’t miss “The Pioneer Woman” cooking show. Even my husband wanted to watch it. His motives were totally different from mine, though. I am not a cowgirl (neither my husband wish to be a cowboy) and do not wish to be one but I wouldn’t mind to have a few animals, my own fruit and veggy garden and to live in the middle of nowhere. Though, that’s a totally different image from Ree Drummond‘a life. I actually think that with my plans and dreams of a small farm I would be more of a cowgirl that she is.
No, I am not Ree Drummond fan. I do not read her blog. I used to be interested in her photography tips but I’m not anymore. I do not have any of her books, btw, from what I’ve read about them they are really poorly written and every single recipe she’s selling in one of her books are available for FREE on her blog.
After I saw a few episodes of her show I asked myself: Why living in a cattle ranch (in ranch in general) she always buys meat and eggs and veggies and actually EVERYTHING?! Kinda weird. Isn’t it?!
Then I started reading about her and her life. She has never worked a day in her entire life. She’s got maids to do all the work for her. I wouldn’t be surprise if she had somebody who writes that blog of hers for her. She grew up as a millionaire and got married to a millionaire. She is one of the bored and rich house wifes. The difference is she does not live in Orange County or Beverly Hills or Chicago on New York. She lives in Oklahoma in the middle of nowhere and she is just a bit more talented (smarter) and more bored than those house wifes of big cities of whom BravoTv is filled up with.
… and I got really tired of her fake tv show image of “simple rancher’s wife” living “simple life” in a “simple ranch”. ugh…
… and I’m quite disappointed by Food Network by having Ree on their website list of “chefs” among cooks like Alexandra Guarnaschellli, Boby Flay, Anne Burrell or Robert Irvine. Those people should be really offended.
…or if you prefer Mommy and Me… and Happy morning Monday
I think I can consider those two photos as a self-portrait, (right…?) so I’ll link up with Jill, and her “self-portrait/couples” theme.
I was just goofing off instead feeding my Little Hungry Pants, but as you can see she didn’t mind it. She always likes when I make faces, more than often she mimics me, at least she tries very hard to say or to do the same…
This is how you look if you eat somebody’s elses sandwich which is not your own and you begged it from another mommy… That’s what she did yesterday at the park… I, on the other hand, feelt bad that she ate half of another kid lunch so I shared our puffs with him… 🙂 Felt better after that! He liked it… at the end our doggy finished the sandwich… behind my back – of course!
and finally barszcz (beetroot soup)!!! – today’s lunch. Yumm! I was planning to take a photo of my favorite soup for a long long time. A few days ago I’ve made a huge pot of it so it will last for more than a few days since it’s only me who eats it 🙂 I don’t eat it everyday because I don’t want to get bored with this soup… It’s been almost the only thing I like to eat lately. Have you ever have that feeling that nothing taste good?! I’s been a while it’s happening to me… Almost nothing taste good… but inside I have that craving for… something good… don’t know exactly what… just something good… I need something good… Yesterday I was watching a commercial of some restaurant and they were showing a big plate of glazed ribs… I thought: OMG I wish I was there right now!!!
I am not meat eater… Never have been. But these days… there is something strange going on around me… And I’m not pregnant… and I am not in or nowhere near my period. Nop. Oh well I hope it will be gone soon because I’m getting tired of being in that physical and mental state…
Oh well… at least I like my tea and coffee STILL. I’m going to enjoy it right now 🙂
My Little One liked only the first few pieces… I think because I didn’t use sugar for her ‘s.
She started throwing it on the floor… but I don’t know if she didn’t like it, or because she wanted to feed our doggy. She started doing that sometime like a week ago. She hangs down from her chair throwing the food and watching Di eating it. I hope she won’t be like her daddy… so picky and so not into Polish (or any other different-than-american) cousine. Fingers crossed! 😉
Hopefully she’ll like it more with strawberries and different kinds of fillings… Someday!
Anyway I think they were delicious and even my loved one ate it… Don’t know what he liked more… the crepes or the strawberries sauce. I think the second one! 😉
I at the other hand ate two of them despite my terrible tooth ache!