Do you have any food rituals? No, I don’t mean candles-in-a-dark-room kind of rituals. I just mean a food related pattern or habit. I feel like most people do and I am no exception.
I have a couple, actually. One that I particularly like, though, is eating breakfast on my own on a Saturday morning. That, in itself, is actually a mildly difficult feat since I live with my family and when I say I like to be “alone”, I mean completely alone.
I call it a ritual because it starts with me waking up slightly early, taking a quick shower and getting dressed for the day while listening to light music in my bedroom. On these Saturdays, since it definitely doesn’t happen every week, I generally like to listen to some old jazz music. I don’t know why but it puts me in a great mood and relaxes me at the same time.
After this I head down to the kitchen and put on some more light music, get cooking and enjoy my meal without any distractions. Another part of this “ritual” is that, during a period of time, I tend to eat the same thing. For example, there was a time when I couldn’t be bothered to make anything but a bowl of cereal. For a couple months after that, it was always banana and raisin oatmeal. During the past six months it has been pancakes.
Now, there are many different versions of pancakes and trust me when I say that I have tried any and every vegan pancake recipe, in the hopes of finding one I absolutely love. I can finally say that I have a favourite now, and it was all concocted in my mom’s kitchen. I can’t take all the credit for this one, though. My mom was actually the one that had the bright idea and I just added the blueberries and helped with working out the measurements. Love you mam! (Yes, I call my mom “mam”. Other Belizeans will understand this :D)
The thing that I like so much about these pancakes is how fluffy they are. I have tried recipes that promise fluffy pancakes but don’t deliver. These, I promise you, DO. It also requires very few ingredients and even less effort, so +10 points! Also, just so you know, I didn’t like fruit in my pancakes. I was always a staunch supporter of regular ole pancakes. However, during these past six months of trial and error, I experimented with blueberry pancakes once, with another recipe, and I fell in love with blueberries in them.
So, if you prefer plain pancakes, you can definitely leave out the blueberries from this recipe as they taste great without them anyway, but I would suggest trying it with them at least once. Maybe you’ll be swayed, as I was.
Yields: 5 large pancakes
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 3 tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tbsp vegan butter (if you don’t have, Crisco All Vegetable Butter Flavour Shortening works as well and is vegan)
- 1 cup soy milk
- Handful blueberries (to taste)
- Agave nectar or maple syrup
- Rinse and drain the blueberries then pat them dry, cut in halves and set them aside. This will depend on the amount of blueberries you want in your pancakes. I generally put 8-10 halves in each pancake but it is all to taste.
- Combine all dry ingredients (all purpose flour, baking powder, salt and sugar) and mix well.
- Melt the vegan butter (or shortening) in a frying pan over low heat. After it has melted, add it to the dry ingredients mix.
- Pour in the milk and mix until a batter forms and all the lumps have disappeared. I generally do this with a fork. I guess you can do this with a mixer but, honestly, does anyone do that? It just seems like a lot more cleaning and I am not about that life.
- Over medium/low heat, heat up some more of the vegan butter or shortening and pour out 3 tablespoons of the batter unto the frying pan. Before flipping, place your desired amount of blueberries in the pancake.* Once little bubbles start appearing on the surface, flip the pancake and wait until it is golden in colour.
- Place all your pancakes in a stack, dole out the agave nectar or maple syrup to your heart’s content and dig in!
* Note: I like to control the amount of blueberries per pancake, which is why I add it until the end. However, if you prefer, you can stir in the blueberries into the batter before cooking it.