Post worthy recipes have been hard to come by because in all honesty, there is not much happening in our kitchen. When it was just Octave and I, in the middle of Wyoming, our days were slow and quiet and the kitchen was my most natural creative outlet, perhaps even my only one. In that season, reading about my kitchen endeavors and the thoughts that were born between my meditative chopping, whisking and kneading, would have been synonymous with knowing my heart.
Three years later we are back in a city overflowing with color. I have more creative outlets than I know what to do with. Most intentionally, life is still simple and slow, but in no way is it quiet. The baby, bless her, is LOUD, and it should go without saying that her big sister is no meek bird either. Bijou is so good natured and charming that you probably wouldn’t believe me if I told you, there is a pterodactyl living inside of her. Unfortunately her favorite time to unleash this beast is when I am cooking. Morning, noon or night, it doesn’t matter, if I am in the kitchen, and even if she is strapped comfortably to my back (usually her favorite place) she will be screaming. There is no sweet space to find myself in our kitchen, there are only bare cupboards, sticky floors and evidence of a humble budget that leaves me choosing between rice and beans, or tuna melts. And of course there is screaming, lots and lots of screaming. I love to cook and bake, it is an instinctual rhythm that couldn’t disown me if I tried, however this does not feel like my season for adventurous cuisine. It is the season of giving in and finding myself exactly where I am. In buttermilk pancakes, with white sugar and white flour, because they are the BEST pancakes you’ll ever make, and because Bijou does not eat kale, avocados and beets like her big sister. She eats white things and cheese and nurses around the clock. I should have known there was too much pride surrounding my parenting and Octave’s impeccable diet. I should have known, a picky eater was coming. I just didn’t know she would be so sweet and so loud.
But really, Bijou is the best and so are these! When it comes to pancakes, I was once a“take em’ or leave em’,” kind of girl. Now that I have discovered such a heavenly, fluffy consistency and I have tasted what a pancake can be, there is no going back. This gray Monday morning Bijou learned to whisk and Octave learned to flip. I learned to let go of things I probably should have let go of years ago. This is our loud, messy life, and it tastes pretty damn good. So for now I'm holding on to the notion that love and togetherness is perhaps more nourishing than anything we could ever put into our bellies.
Yummiest + Fluffiest Buttermilk Pancakes
Recipe from Munchies
2 c. all purpose flour
3 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. sea salt
2 cups buttermilk
2 tbsp. butter, melted
4 eggs, yolk + whites separated
1 tbsp. sugar
Combine all dry ingredients in a medium bowl and set aside.
Melt butter in a small saucepan or microwave and set aside to cool.
Separate egg whites from yolks. Add 1 tbsp. sugar to egg yolks and whisk. Once cooled, add butter to yolks and set aside.
Vigorously whisk egg whites until white and frothy, (about 3-4 minutes.) Add shaken buttermilk and whisk to combine. Add egg yolks and butter, whisk to combine.
Add half of the dry ingredients and whisk until smooth. Add the rest of the dry mixture and continue to whisk until light and frothy and there are no clumps of flour.
Let batter rest in the fridge for 10 minutes while you heat your skillet. (I use cast iron.)
Use a 1/4 c. to scoop out batter onto greased skillet. Wait for the center of the pancake to start bubbling and flip ONCE. Be careful not to flip too soon or your batter will spill over. You also don't want to overcook, because this will decrease it's ability to rise once you've flipped. The fluffiness of the pancake has a lot to do with the timing of your flip. Experiment and find what that timing is on your skillet. But to error on the side of caution, flip sooner than later.:)