Welcome to Our Pancake Blog
Welcome to Our Pancake Blog!
So, what does a married couple with no children and free time do? Why think of creative ways to eat of course. So begins the Around the World in Pancake Sundays project.
One day while eating pancakes made from sprouted wheat and chocolate chips, we started talking about how fun it would be to eat a different type of pancake each Sunday. I know, you must be stuck on the whole sprouted wheat pancakes. I'm sure many are thinking eeeeewwww, sounds yucky right now. However, they are actually quite tasty. We were given our first taste of them by a friend last New Year's Eve (well, technically the morning after New Year's Eve). We were so enamored of them that we went searching for our own sprouted wheat to make some for ourselves a couple of months later.
O.K., enough digressing. While eating the above mentioned pancakes, the conversation started about eating a different type of pancake each Sunday. We began to wonder if we could find a different type of pancake for each Sunday for a whole year. So we set ourselves the challenge of finding a unique pancake recipe to try out each Sunday.
We continued to talk about this idea for the next couple of weeks. We started thinking about how most cultures actually have their own versions of pancakes. This led us to try to find a pancake from each country in the world. We finally began our project last Sunday, and decided to chronicle it here in this blog.
So welcome to our pancake blog, we hope you enjoy it as much as we are sure to enjoy making and eating them! Heck, we hope you make some and enjoy them too!
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
O.K., I think I'm done using the word journey for awhile. Our trip to the Bahamas fell on Father's Day, so we invited my parents to journey there with us (sorry, I just couldn't resist using the word journey again). Sam took a picture of the prepared meal as it was sitting outside on our outdoor table.
Well, I thought he took a picture of the entire meal. I was disappointed to learn that all he took a picture of was the sausage. He was so proud of his grilling skills! We did offer my parents more than just sausage and journey cakes for our Father's Day meal. It was a lovely meal that included grapes, strawberries, seasoned potatoes, cucumbers, and mini heirloom tomatoes in addition to the sausage and journey cakes.
Enjoy your Bahamian pancakes if you decide to journey back to the Caribbean.
After seeing the pictures of qutab, we were all excited to make it until we read the directions for making it. If you've read any of our other blogs, you can probably guess why our enthusiasm for this recipe waned upon reading the directions. If you guessed that it's because it requires the pancake being rolled out, then you are right. It's another roll out type of pancake. We decided to begin our culinary exploration of qutab with a positive outlook, and totally disregarded all of the results from our previous attempts at roll out pancakes. With our positive glasses firmly in place, here goes the recipe for qutab. You will need:
400 grams of flour (we used our kitchen scale, but it's about 4 1/2 cups of flour)
1 egg, beaten
250 milliliters of water
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
650 grams ground meat (we used fake meat soy crumbles, but you can use whatever you'd like)
Measure out the flour into a large bowl, and make a well in the middle. Pour the beaten egg and water into the well in the middle of the bowl.
After pouring in the egg and water, begin kneading the dough with your hand until it has a soft, elastic consistency. After the dough started to come together, I took it out of the bowl and kneaded it on a cutting board for ease of kneading.
So, the red mark on the cutting board is a stain from some strawberries that I can't get off. Anyone know how to get the strawberry stain off? While I was kneading the dough, Sam decided to take a picture of our dog, Mac. Mac was looking guilty about something, but we're not sure what.
Anyway, back to the pancake recipe. If you take the dough out to knead it, put it back in the bowl and splash the two tablespoons of oil over it. Let dough rest for 20 minutes. While the dough is resting, begin making your filling. Dice the onions and cook them with the meat filling. Since we used soy crumbles (which have no fat in them) I added a little bit of olive oil to help soften the onions. You don't need to do this if you are using meat, as the fat from the meat should be enough.
After adding your protein, sprinkle filling with a little bit of salt and paprika, and heat until cooked all the way through.
By the way, this is the paprika we used. Sam likes to have product placement in our blogs for some reason.