July 14th, 2009

blueberry oatmeal nut pancakes

I made really yummy blueberry pancakes on Sunday.  They weren't particularly light and fluffy, but they weren't dense either.  They were more just hearty and tasty.  I topped with fresh blueberries and warm maple syrup.  YUM!

Mix dry ingredients:
1 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 c. white flour
1/2-3/4 c. quick cook oats
1/2-3/4 c. chopped walnuts
1 rounded T sugar
2 t baking powder
2 t cinnamon (because it's tasty AND good for you!)
1 t powdered ginger
1/2 t ground cloves
1/4 t salt

Then add:
1 c soy or rice milk
1/2 c. water (or a little more if necessary)
1 t vanilla (or omit vanilla and use vanilla flavored 'milk'
1 c. fresh blueberries

Cook in lightly oiled (pref. nonstick) pan for about 3 mins, until golden brown and bubbles start coming up through the pancake, then flip and repeat.

Makes about 6 med./large pancakes.

Peanut butter and tomato sauce

Most people don't believe that peanut butter goes with everything. Mostly this is because they haven't tried.

Until today one of the things I hadn't tried peanut butter with yet was pasta-style tomato sauce, so I couldn't be completely sure that it would work. I am almost sure that it goes with absolutely everything as long as you do it right, but I try to stay open to being proven wrong. My aunt didn't believe this would work; she was wrong.

Here's how I cooked it:
  • Olive oil
  • Cumin
  • Sage
  • Basil and/or pesto (the pesto I used was very simple, just basil and oil and pine nuts and salt)
  • Lemon
  • Balsamic
  • Soy
  • Mushrooms
  • Peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Peanut butter
  • Eddie reckons broccoli would be good too, and he's probably right - I don't end up buying it much, myself. Maybe tofu, maybe other random veg.
Fry the cumin, sautée the peppers, chuck in the sage, slice in the mushrooms, boil down the tomatoes. Stir in the peanut butter, it'll slowly melt and break down. Scatter in the lemon and/or balsamic vinegar, soy sauce is probably optional. Make it extra delicious with plenty of basil.

Don't use too much olive oil, especially if you're using pesto. Peanuts are amazing things, packed with all sorts of goodness, but man are they oily.

Serve with plenty of pasta, or some other starchy goodness of your choice.
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unsweetened chocolate almond milk

I accidentally bought unsweetened chocolate almond milk, instead of the sweetened kind, but didn't notice until I'd opened it up and poured myself a glass. There's no way I can drink it like this, and while it tasted fine when I stirred in some sugar, I don't really want to keep doing that.

So, ideas for how to use unsweetened chocolate almond milk?? I was going to try making some kind of chocolate-banana-peanut butter smoothie with it, but that's all I could think of.