Wednesday, July 28, 2010

recipe box Wednesday

The new Cooking Channel makes me happy.  They are showing old episodes of Julia Child,

the Galloping Gourmet, and the Two Fat Ladies.  Love it. 

I have also been watching Nigella Lawson, who I have adored for years.  It all started when I read "How to Be a Domestic Goddess" and I was hooked.  I have been collecting her cookbooks, which read more like stories than cookbooks.  Just utterly delightful.  On top of that, she is a real woman with curves, and they show her enjoying her food, and indulging in midnight snacks.  How refreshing to watch a female chef that isn't a size zero!

And now the new Cooking Channel gives me Nigella Express, and I have the companion cookbook, and seeing her bring the recipes to life is such a joy.  Monday night I caught up on some episodes I had recorded, and was compelled to whip this up on Tuesday morning for a happy Charlie:

Blueberry Syrup for Pancakes
1/2 cup maple syrup (use the real stuff for goodness sake)
1 1/2 cups blueberries (in season and delish
Put in a pan and bring to a boil for 8-10 minutes until burst and thickened, pour into a pitcher.

Pancake Mix (make it ahead of time and have on hand for whenever you crave them)
4 cups flour
3 Tbsp. baking powder
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. plus 2 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. baking spice (I added this from my Penzey's collection, not in the original recipe)
Mix all ingredients and store in a jar.

When you want to make pancakes, add this to each cup of mix.  One cup of dry mix added to the below ingredients will make about 15 3" pancakes, I ended up with about 12 four inchers.
1 egg
1 cup milk
1 Tbsp. butter, melted
The batter will be thinnish, it cooks up fast and fluffy.  Nigella said using the melted butter means they won't stick to the griddle, but I ended up spraying it with cooking spray after the first batch stuck a wee bit.

Serve with the warm blueberry syrup and watch the smiles spread across the happy eater's faces!

And if you get a chance, check out Nigella's cookbooks at your local library or bookstore.  Or feel free to borrow mine!


  1. I've only seen Nigella once or twice, but I like her down to earth manner. I'll have to try to find her on the new cooking channel.

  2. I am making these for dinner tonight, pancakes are perfect when it's too hot to turn on the oven.


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