Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Zesty Orange/Lemon Pancakes

I know it sounds weird. I'll give ya that from the start, but I--for some crazy reason--decided to add some juice to the last of my pancake batter this morning and it turned out fantastically!
Here is what I did:
In a larger bowl, I stirred together
-1 cup whole wheat flour
-1-1/2 tablespoons sugar
-2 teaspoons baking powder
-1/4 teaspoon salt
Then, in another, smaller bowl, I stirred together
-1 beaten egg
-1 cup of milk
-2 tablespoons cooking oil
-1 tablespoon vanilla extract
-1 tablespoon almond extract
Then I poured the wet bowl into the dry bowl and stirred them together.

I didn't measure the additions, but since I was juicing two oranges and two lemons this morning for breakfast, I poured into the batter approximately 1-1/2 tablespoons of the orange/lemon blend and stirred.
After I poured that "juiced" batter onto the greased pan, I took a metal zester and shaved off some of the orange rind onto the cooking pancake.
The taste was very subtle, but there. When the maple syrup was added to the "zesty" pancakes, the combination of the four flavors: whole wheat, orange juice, lemon juice and maple syrup was fantastic. I'll be experimenting with it again in the future because I want to get it right, yeah? The zesty orange/lemon pancakes added just that little extra bit to what was already a lovely breakfast.

The other half of breakfast was a two egg omelet with chopped mushroom, cilantro (fresh from my garden), spinach, shredded monterrey jack and cheddar cheeses. Oh, and a healthy dose of black pepper! Really very lovely meal. If you try it or have some other ideas, let me know!

Lolly Fabulous

Here we are--At the Beginning

So, I've been planning on starting a blog for months now. When I saw Tessa's blog, I thought "Wow! What a great way to express yourself!" I'll admit that her blog just plain ol' LOOKS better than mine. I haven't quite figured out how to make it as pretty as she has made her blog, but I guess the point really is the words, yeah? Anyway, here I am today--30JUN10--beginning my journey into the world of blogs (well, non-facebook blogs, anyway).
I just decided recently that I would strive to have a blog which focused on the things which are the most interesting to me: Spirituality, Cooking, Gardening, Reading, and Writing. Could be that I put something else in there every now and then, but we'll work on it that way, okay?
Now to explain the name: From the Pen of a Pensive Pollyanna. You're prolly thinking, "huh?" right about now. I'm a huge fan of old movies. One of my top twenty has always been Pollyanna. I like several things about it. I like that it stars Hayley Mills, a British actress whom I adore. She also starred in the Parent Trap--which also sits on my top twenty list. I like that the preacher is named FORD. There is just something about seeing or hearing your own name, yeah? I guess we all like it. I like the way Pollyanna looked at life. She has this perfect combination of naivete and wisdom. She seemed to love life with the heart of a child and yet be a thinker and a solver, too. I guess I like to kinda think of myself that way. I know that I'm not a normal grown-up, by any means. I'm very child-like (hopefully not childish, yeah?) and approach the world sometimes with an undaunted and unafraid heart--my arms wide open embracing whatever comes. I saw Pollyanna--from the movie--doing the same thing and instantly felt a connection to her. It doesn't hurt, also, that my Daddy sometimes calls me his Pollyanna. I thought that the name "Pensive Pollyanna" encompassed all of me: the free-spirited me which comes from my mother and the thinking, considering me which comes from my Daddy.
I'll see y'all again soon!
Pollyanna Fabulous