Thursday, June 21, 2007

Pancakes, O Pancakes

Man, pancakes are truly one of life's great pleasures.
That might seem like a bit of an overstatement to you, but you haven't been eating any of the pancakes I have been making. I think I have finally mastered the art of the pancake.
Two days ago I made pancakes with strawberry puree and a tablespoon or so of almond butter in the batter. I apologize for the lack of a picture because they were a lovely shade of pink. If they had been sweeter I could see a 5-8 year-old girl really liking them. But despite the lack of sweetness there was that pronounced floral flavor that good strawberries have.
Today I made these:

Silver dollars with molasses, nutmeg and peanut butter in the batter, with pureed strawberries(with tiny bit of balsamic vinegar added) and cream on top. I have trouble making pancakes these days without peanut or almond butter in them. I think the added texture and richness is nice, and I suppose I'm getting more protein as well.
And that stuff on the side is some smoked jowl bacon.
But before we move on, here's a photo of molasses and milk:

Now more on the bacon.
Two nights ago I made an unreasonably complicated dinner, which is something I don't usually have anything against. But this one was too much.

A BLT. Smoked Jowl Bacon, Butter Lettuce, Caramelized Tomato Jam, Mayo, Tarragon and Dill on Toasted Semolina Bread. So more like a SJBLCTJTD. It was delicious. The tomato jam was very simple. I threw a handful of whole grape tomatoes into a pan with a tsp of olive oil and a tsp of chestnut honey. When the tomatoes started to brown and looked like they were going to explode, I took the pan off the heat and pureed the tomatoes with the immersion blender. Then I put it back on the heat, added a pinch of salt and a pinch of sugar, and cooked off the excess moisture. It was just enough for one sandwich. So maybe it wasn't so simple.
And I had this:

I will call it Failed Cauliflower Bloomsday Soufflé.
It needed more egg white for structure. But it tasted good. Cauliflower, sauteed shallots, some of the Bloomsday Anniversary cheese, and a pinch of cayenne.
I'll try it again.


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