1. Apologies for the radio silence earlier this week. When my desk looks like this:
blogging, in the writing, reading, and commenting forms, does not happen for me.
(And yes, working with those cookies staring me down was an enormous challenge. Fortunately, for the first half of Monday, I wasn’t sure if I was allowed to eat the cookies or not, so that helped the situation a little bit.)
2. I had two more snow days this week (or “work from home” days…call them what you want), and instead of carrying on as normal, I decided to treat these snow days like the precious gifts they were. I did do some work, of course, but I also took advantage of my free time and did exciting things like sleep in, vacuum my apartment, and make real breakfast!
This was one of my stocking stuffers for Christmas. I had been looking for the ideal opportunity to use it, and Tuesday morning seemed like that time. If you have spent any substantial time around this blog, you know that I’m both ridiculously proud of my Dutch heritage and have an borderline unhealthy obsession with pancakes. Needless to say, I was pretty excited to give these pannenkoeken (which is Dutch for pancakes) a whirl.
This pannenkoeken mix is straight from the homeland, and as such presented a fun challenge when it came to preparation, as the directions were entirely in Dutch. I did learn all sorts of new, useful Dutch vocabulary, though! “Beslag,” for example, means “batter.” Since the only sentence I retained from my one semester of Dutch in college is “Wil je een koekje?” (“Would you like a cookie?”), I suppose it’s appropriate to learn more baking-related words.
Pannenkoeken are the middle ground between a traditional American pancake and a crepe. My mix was for 6-granen (six grain), so I imagine mine tasted a little different than other kinds of pannenkoeken, but I still thought they were great. I also did not have any “stroop” (syrup) to put on my pannenkoeken, so I just used a little suiker (sugar) and pindakaas (peanut butter). Pindakaas wasn’t on the serving suggestions, but from what the Internet tells me it’s pretty popular in the homeland (does that explain my love of peanut butter? Am I genetically predisposed to loving peanut butter because I’m Dutch?), so I figured it was probably acceptable.
IMPORTANT, BREAKING NEWS SIDENOTE: I just discovered that there is place called the Pannenkoeken Cafe IN CHICAGO. We all must go there immediately.
3. Speaking of Christmas and food, I received the Runner’s World Cookbook for Christmas and tackled my first recipe from the cookbook, Chicken Not Pie, on Friday.
Oooh, you fancy!
Was it necessary to buy the parsley simply to garnish my meal? Absolutely not. Probably a massive waste of money, in fact. But did it make everything look 20394823 times cooler than it would have without the parsley? Abso-freakin-lutely.
Made anything really good lately?
Do you have any snow day traditions? Growing up, omelets and hot chocolate were pretty popular around my house on snow days.