Garbanzo and Soy Pancakes

20130609-104440.jpgThis is a neat way of making those calories count at breakfast. With two kids about to head into teenagery – one recently just got there – (and little DNA assistance for them to gain some altitude), I try to pack as much protein into their meals as I can! (more…)

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June 9, 2013. Tags: , , , , . Breakfast, Brunch, Health, Nutrition. Leave a comment.

Oatmeal and Pumpkin Waffles (with Almond Whip and Fresh Pear)

Waffles-oatmeal-pumpkin-pear 3The best way to get your kids up for breakfast on a Sunday is to have a routine of pancakes or waffles going!  If they haven’t already jumped into your bed demanding one of the above (and this applies only to tweenage and older kids)(because the younger ones would have been up and jumping on your head from the crack of dawn), the delicious aromas wafting up into their bedrooms will rouse them pronto.

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January 27, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , . American, Breakfast, Brunch, Health, Nutrition. 2 comments.

Oaty Banana Waffles

Wholegrain banana waffles with whipped cream and blueberries

The luck of the draw in a rota of regular Sunday breakfast picks fell to waffles this past weekend (with the other two regular items being pancakes or the more exotic upma). These waffles were tweaked from my favorite and ludicrously easy recipe, full of heart healthy scrumminess, and which the kids adore so much that a certain parent may be awoken from her single lie-in of the week in order to produce the wretched delicious thing. I like to think of the wholegrain flour and oatmeal (not an ounce of bleached flour in these babies) as washing away the clogging effects of naughty add ons such as whipped cream. Maple syrup, hailing organically from a tree trunk, being not naughty in the least 😉

  • Oats (aka oatmeal), 1 cup
  • Whole meal or whole grain flour, 1 cup
  • Eggs, 3, separated
  • Bananas, 2 large and very ripe (1 cup), mashed at last minute
  • Buttermilk or milk, 1 cup
  • Vanilla essence, 1 tsp
  • Salt, pinch of
  • Optional – chopped walnuts, 1/2 cup, for banana-nut waffles
  • Optional – half tbsp of agave nectar
  • [Baking powder, 1/2 tsp  – optional. Only needed if one is rubbish at egg-white whisking]
  1. Whisk the egg yolks
  2. Add milk, whisk till combined
  3. Add vanilla and pinch of salt
  4. Add oats, give it a whirl with handheld blender or whisk
  5. Add flour. Needs a bit more elbow grease at this point
  6. [If adding baking soda, sieve it into the flour several times first]
  7. Mash the bananas with a fork, fold into batter and mix
  8. In separate bowl, whisk egg whites till stiff
  9. Fold into batter in one-third portions
  10. Give preheated waffle iron a spritz with Pam spray
  11. Ladle about 3/4 cup of batter into the middle (or whatever amount fills, when cooked, all the wee squares on the griddle)
  12. When done, serve warm with fresh berries, fresh whipped cream and maple syrup 🙂

July 22, 2012. Tags: , , , , . Breakfast, Health, Kids Cuisine, Nutrition. 1 comment.

Wholegrain-Banana Waffles

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Before we moved to the States three and a half years ago, I had assumed that every North American owned two things:  A donut maker (human) and a waffle maker  (contraption). So, I speedily stocked our  kitchen with a waffle iron, which has since been used almost every weekend – when we’re not having pancakes.  On the donut front, it tickles me how often I find the inspiration for that policeman-eating-donuts stereotype right here in New Jersey. (more…)

January 21, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , . American, Baked Goods, Breakfast. Leave a comment.

Grandpa Mike’s Bubelach

This bubelach is precisely why I set up this blog. To pass on family favorites from one generation to the next 🙂

During our recent visit to London, Grandpa Mike treated the boys to his favorite recipe for bubelach, a fried pancake which uses matzah meal and so, is suitable for Passover consumption. (more…)

April 25, 2011. Tags: , , . Breakfast, British, Festive, Jewish, Passover. 7 comments.

After the Turkey Malarkey, a Fish Quiche

What do you do when you’re in a post-turkey rut? When the leftover cranberry relish, stuffing and sweet potato gratin are no longer calling your name? (Or scarier still, are calling your name with one stalk in the grave?) (more…)

November 29, 2010. Tags: , , , . Baked Goods, Breakfast, Dinners, Fish, Lunch, One-dish meals, winter. 2 comments.

Passover Breakfast: Cornmeal and Soy Pancakes

It’s so thrilling to see that, in between the downpours and floods, spring is here with a vengeance! Last night, we had friends over and took advantage of the gorgeous weather to barbecue. On the Passover BBQ menu were: Asian-spiced chicken fillets and legs, peanut gravy with Thai basil, salmon with honey and soy (very scrummy, and brought over by my friend Gudrun), tomato salad, green salad with cranberries, rice pasta and veg salad in pesto, finished off with fresh berries, meringues and whipped cream. Yum! Three fantastic things about doing a barbie – it’s always delicious, the mess is outdoors, and the hubby cooks 🙂 I was worried I hadn’t cooked enough because the food had all disappeared, except for some of the orange-scented cream which I rediverted to the next morning’s meal (see below). (more…)

April 3, 2010. Tags: , , . Breakfast, Brunch, Kids Cuisine, Passover. 1 comment.

Planning for Passover: 13 Breakfast Ideas

After 51 weeks of reaching for that favorite breakfast cereal, Passover week can throw one off kilter in terms of daily eating rituals. Egg and soldiers? Buttered croissant? French toast? Avert thine eyes! Usually, by day 2 or 3, despite starting off well with peanut-buttered and jammed matzah (and with deep apologies to our ancestors who ate unrisen bread and wandered the desert for 40 years) I tend to hit a rut in terms of ideas for the kids’ lunchboxes or breakfast. (more…)

March 21, 2010. Tags: , , , . Breakfast, Festive, Jewish, Kids Cuisine, Passover. 14 comments.

St Patrick’s Day: Soda Bread with Candied Peel and Raisins

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  The patron saint of Ireland would be proud to see how enthusiastically and seriously this day is taken by the multitudes of Americans of Irish descent.  When I lived in London, despite its proximity to Ireland, it was fairly easy to not notice St Patrick’s Day (or, let’s say, most celebrations outside of Christmas, Easter and New Year’s) come and go.

But here, about 36 million Americans (six times the population of Ireland!), or 12 percent, are of Irish descent. NYC hosts the biggest and oldest St Patrick’s Day Parade on Wednesday, in which up to 250,000 people will participate as marchers or band members, watched by 2 million people on Fifth Ave.  (more…)

March 16, 2010. Tags: , , . American, Baked Goods, Breakfast, Brunch, Cakes, Irish. 6 comments.

Lemon Sunshine Cupcake Minis

It’s miserable outside. Grim, grey, gloomy, garbage. We’ve had a couple of days of this already, topped off on Friday with a poorly child  (he woke up sounding like a grumpy rhinoceros with pneumonia, but, from the second I told him he had to stay home, ne’er a sniffle was heard). He still looked awful, pretty hard for him from a doting mother’s point of view, and it was the sole clue of his true health.

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March 14, 2010. Baked Goods, Breakfast, Cakes, Cupcakes, Spring, Uncategorized. 12 comments.

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