This week I have something different to share with you- there’s this super talented piano player, the Queen of Boogie Woogie, Sue Palmer. Ms. Palmer also has her Motel Swing band that played live this week in downtown San Diego. I’ve been wanting to hear […]
Month: August 2012
The best mornings are the ones when you don’t have to get up early for any reason. No alarm clock, no multiple snooze cycles, and no noisy and disruptive neighbors. Life can be good. This easy pancake mix makes pulling breakfast together a cinch. All you have to do is combine everything except the wet ingredients, freeze, and just add eggs and buttermilk to make the batter. Simple.
This recipe makes about 3 batches with 8 pancakes each. So, if you only have a few people to feed, that means you can freeze the mix and just pull out what you need. Since I usually only have to make breakfast for 2, I get 3 weekends’ worth out of one batch. Not bad at all.
Today, I made blackberry pancakes and added the berries after the batter was ladled into the pan. This way, each individual pancake has its own berries and they don’t end up at the bottom of the batter bowl. Garnishing with extra berries adds texture and of course, looks pretty.
If blackberries aren’t your thing, you could always go plain and add some fresh blueberries on top. Either way, this is the pancake mix that will simplify your mornings and get breakfast on the table in less than half the time. Do you have any quick breakfast tips?
Sometimes you want to venture out of your hood and try something new. Sometimes you get curious and decide to check out the sister bar of one of your favorite watering holes. Sometimes you need a drink because it’s Friday. How about all of the […]
I have a strawberry plant that has grown to overtake half of the vegetable box and was slowly inching its way further and further out. The strawberries were small and not enough in volume to make anything. It was either we eat them one by one as they ripened, or loose them to bugs and the chickens. Neither situation was ideal, so we decided to freeze them. When the plant stopped producing, I still didn’t have enough for a batch of jam to make it worth the time, so I decided to combine them with a mango that was quickly ripening. That turned out to be a good choice and with the addition of vanilla beans at the end, I got 2 thumbs up from K, the taste tester.
The best thing about this recipe from here is that you can make any quantity, large or small and it takes no time at all. A great way to use up any fruit hanging around from summer’s bounty.
There is no exact recipe, but if you click on the link above (where it says “here”), you can read the original article. Here are the rough guidelines:
Cut and weigh the fruit. Add an equal weight of sugar.
Strawberries, mango, and sugar go into the pan. Bring to a boil. Turn heat off, cover and let macerate on the counter overnight (it was really hot here, so I refrigerated the entire pan).
The next day, cook small batches (approx 2 cups each time) over medium heat until it sets, 5-10 minutes. The preserves will be looser because this recipe does not add pectin- you are relying on the natural pectin in the fruit. Look for a slow drip from the spoon, a thicker stream as opposed to quick droplets. It took me a couple of batches to get the consistency right- the first time I overcooked the batch and after chilling, I had something resembling a caramel consistency. Fail.
Once the preserves are chilled down in the refrigerator, the next day it will most likely set up nicely.
So here we are at the end of yet another week. I’ll say this, the only thing that gets me through the hum-drum of it all is the promise of relaxing at a quietly stylish place such as Noble Experiment. You will not find douche […]
Welcome to my new addition to the blog… Adventures in Drinking. Since I never pass up a good drink or an opportunity to check out a new- to- me establishment, why not share it with you? In these posts, you will find a selection of bars both local and abroad depending on where I am and what I find. So… let’s get started. This here is Craft & Commerce in San Diego. It gets good and crowded on Fridays so you might want to skip out on work early and secure your spot at the bar or get a table if you’re dining in. Otherwise, you’re standing and jostling the crowd to get to the bartender.
I’m big on bar food and snack-y things to keep me occupied while I enjoy my drink. Truth be told, by the time we get to the bar, I’m starving and more than ready for some deep fried treats. These fried pickles with blue cheese did not disappoint. It’s the second time we ordered them and I can see more in my future. They are thick cut and hearty, none of the skinny, floppy ones here. Next to them pictured on the right are the cracker jacks with bacon. Hungry yet?
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San Diego, CA 92101