Jeanne here …
… with eight things I know now, that I don’t think I knew before I moved to Montana:
- It’s possible to fall in love once.
- It’s possible to fall in love again.
- And again.
- 4WD isn’t always a fashion statement. Sometimes, it’s the only way to get out of the driveway.
- Compost doesn’t smell bad if you’re doing it right.
- If you want good Indian food, you might have to make it in your own kitchen … unless you live in Los Angeles … which I don’t anymore (thank goodness for The Spice Merchant’s Daughter).
- There is no such thing as bad weather … only bad gear (shout out for REI, Schnee’s and the Northern Lights Trading Company).
- With enough tenacity and desire, you can make a pancake almost as good as the crepe-style buttermilk delights at Kate Mantilinis in Beverly Hills. I call them Pan-Kates.
- 1 ¼ c. flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 4 eggs
- ½ c. buttermilk (if you don’t have buttermilk and don’t feel like going to the store, you can use all real milk. If you don’t do dairy, you can substitute this with almond mlk, or oat milk, or coconut milk … totally up to you, but it will alter the taste)
- ¾ c. milk
- 1 Tbls. coconut oil (melted)
- ¼ tsp. vanilla
- 2 Tbls. honey (use local honey if you can find it … better for you and better for the environment … and generally not much more expensive)
- bananas, strawberries, maple syrup and powdered sugar (all optional ingredients available at Kate’s … We don’t powder our kates. We take ‘em straight and simple … with a little warm grade B maple syrup and locally churned butter)
- Vita-Mix (any blender will do … or you can use an old fashioned hand-mixer. I just find the Vita-Mix easy to use and easy to clean.)
- Skillet or 12-inch frying pan
- Heat the skillet and grease with just a bit of coconut oil.
- Put all of the ingredients into the Vita-Mix and puree until well blended (NOTE: this batter is NOT like a Bisquick batter … it’s way more liquidy and will pour easily from your Vita-Mix. If that’s not the case, add a hint more milk until it does).
- Pour about a ¼ cup of batter onto your skillet for each pancake.
- The batter will “dry” a bit on the skillet and little air pockets will form. Flip when that happens. Makes about 10-12 pancakes (or 3-4 servings).
So easy … so fast … you could even make these on a Tuesday!