The art of Pancakery came to her late in life but with a vengeance
Orangette’s Oatmeal Pancakes which I’ve renamed Porridge Pancakes for the pleasing alliteration and made maybe eight times since I discovered them – with blueberries, with raspberries and plain – are superlative. The subtle sweetness of the oatmeal makes me feel calm and happy at breakfast time and when I graze on the leftovers during the day. Also, Dutch Babies – I’m not sure where they’ve been all my life but I must make up for lost time, not difficult since they take about 1.5 seconds to make. They’re mochi mochi too, bonus.
Years ago, I went through a phase where I thought I’d like to be a curator and practised on my friends by having a show in the warehouse where I lived. Then I realised there are five curatorial jobs in New Zealand and they (the curators, I mean) don’t give them up ’til they die. Now I can do a pop version without bothering anyone on Pinterest. My addiction is total and complete.
Footnotes Rule OK
I’m probably hopelessly behind on this but David Foster Wallace’s book of essays “Consider the Lobster”! All the footnotey geekery you could possibly squeeze into one book, and more – good practise because I happen to be proof-reading my friend Ulli’s doctoral thesis “Return Migration and Maori Identity in a Northland Community.”
After three false starts (I couldn’t understand who was who and what they were saying), I’m riveted by The Wire. I seem to be in good company too, lots of Twitter peeps agree it’s the best TV show ever produced. If you tried watching and gave up, I encourage you to stick through the first three or four episodes; it’s television as I’ve never seen with fascinating and in-depth social commentary.
Eat your vegetables
Not hard, when you’re head over heels with this garlicky and hot Black Sesame and Broccoli Salad from Lottie and Doof. Smith Bites’ Cream of Tomato Soup, made with – of all things – tomato juice, has been a hit too in this neck of the woods too. I replaced the milk with cream and dialled the amount back to one cup with great results.
Savoury bread puddings seem to be all the rage at the moment and F. was rather keen on this panade. I find caramelised onions a little sweet and would only cook until transluscent next time instead of letting them get jammy.
Snug as the proverbial…
I’m that annoying person who moans about being cold. Always have been. I (and anyone who has the misfortune to be standing near me) might have a brighter future now though, I bought this jacket a month ago and have been toasty since, not to mention unconstricted, it only weighs 600 grams and folds into a pillow! It’s from a label that emphasises recycled materials and has won several awards for their environmental efforts too (I just like it, I’m not being paid or anything, in case you’re wondering).
F.’s Oma likes cake and so I sent him down there last weekend with this moist and spicy Ginger Cake. Actually three-quarters of it; to his outrage, I couldn’t resist saving a little for myself. Not more than a few days before that, these Benne Wafers were made and dispatched in less than 24 hours. Dangerous but you know, I live on the edge. Come on over, the view’s fine.
What’s good in your world of late, my pretties?