I woke up at 6am today to pee.
As I lumped back to bed, I remembered that today is the last day of the year so I opened up my WhatsApp and forwarded an invite to tonight's crossover service to my estate's WhatsApp group and reminded another church group to share the e-flier then I drifted back to sleep......sweet sleep. I don't remember after how long but my trolley pusher called me to say good morning and check up on me. I was more than half asleep and I don't remember much of what I said in the phone call. I just remember after I asked how the kids are doing is when I smelt pancakes. Yes, I could smell pancakes yet I am home alone.
After the call ended, my sleep vanished so did the smell of the pancake but the taste was now at the back of my tongue. Fully alert and an actively blank mind, I searched for a positive thought to start my day with but came up with nothing. So, I turned to Facebook to watch a few clips and then finally, my thought came and I wrote it down in my notebook.
Still, the pancake taste could not leave my mouth.
The advantage of being home alone is that the earliest I wake up is 10am but at 7.30am, I have nothing to fill up two and a half hours with. I logged into Youtube and looked for pancake recipes. Of course, I know how to make pancakes but I wanted the fluffy type like this one.
After watching several clips, I narrowed down on a recipe and tweaked to get the taste that was still lingering in my mouth. I looked at the wall clock, it was barely 8am and I questioned whether I should shower first or cook first before heading to the kitchen. Well, if you struggle with appetite and are under medical review, the latter wins. I made a beeline to the kitchen, pulled out all my ingredients and got to work.
My portion struggle continued since the recipes that I watched serve 3 to 4 people. I am at home alone. I have attempted to narrow down the measurements so that I don't have to store the excess in the fridge. Rather, I have never had leftover pancakes. This will not be the first time. So, here is something that you can make for your family and friends tomorrow as you celebrate New Year's Day.
Here is my tweaked pancake recipe;
- 1 cup baking flour
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- A pinch of salt
- 1 heaped teaspoon of baking soda
- Unsalted butter, 1 tablespoon, melted & cooled
- Milk to measure
- 2 eggs
- Half a teaspoon vanilla essence
Mix the wet ingredients, butter, eggs & vanilla essence, excluding the milk for now.
In a bowl, sieve the dry ingredients; flour, salt & baking powder. Add the sugar after sieving.
Make a well in the bowl and pour in the wet ingredients minus milk and mix well. Add milk to adjust to a gravy-like consistency.
Mix thoroughly and ensure that there are no lumps.
Heat up your pan on medium heat and apply a tablespoon of oil.
Using a soup serving spoon, pour the batter onto the heated pan.
Pour the pancake batter from one point and allow the batter to spread itself.
Do not attempt to flip over the pancake until bubbles have formed all over the surface.
Flip and give it 1 to 2 minutes before moving the pancake to the plate.
Repeat till when the batter is finished.
The recipe makes a total of 5 pancakes.
Too much for one person but hey, mom-cation rules.
As I am watching my sugar intake, I dusted mine with icing sugar and served it with lemon tea.
After finishing with the 5th pancake, my ingenious mind tells me, My dear, rush and take a quick shower so that you have your breakfast while clean and fresh.
My body obeyed & you would have thought I was a kid who had been promised candy for spreading their bed just because I did not want the pancakes to get cold.
To satisfy your curiosity, no, I did not manage to eat all the pancakes. As to how many I ate, let's leave that for another day.
Happy New Year. See you in 2020.
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