Here's something you can make for a healthy breakfast this weekend. Scrap those boxed pancakes mixes full of additives and try these natural buckwheat pancake instead.
You'd think buckwheat flour is a grass, but it's actually a seed. According to Wikipedia,"despite the common name and the grain-like use of the crop, buckwheat is not a cereal or grass. The grain is called a pseudocereal to emphasize that the plant is not related to wheat."
Gluten-free buckwheat is nutritious it's packed with minerals and flavonoids, which act as antioxidants.
This recipe comes from the back of the Hodgson Mill bag of buckwheat flour. The pancakes came out light and fluffy, with a slight tang because I used buttermilk.
If you're looking for it at the grocery store, here's what the package looks like:
1 cup buckwheat flour
1 tsp. baking powder
2 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg beaten
1 cup milk
2 Tbsp. melted butter
Preheat griddle of large skilled to 375 degrees, grease lightly with oil.
Griddle is ready when small drops of water sizzle and disappear almost immediately.
Mix dry ingredients together; add egg, milk and butter, beating well after each addition.
Pour 1/4 batter for each pancake onto hot griddle. Cook 1 to 1 1/2 minutes, turning when edges look cooked and bubbles begin to break on surface. Continue to cook 1 to 1 1/2 minutes or until golden brown.
(For buttermilk buckwheat pancakes, use the recipe above, but add in 1 tsp. baking soda and substitute buttermilk for milk.)
Finally! Cranberries are now in stock at grocery stores in Charlotte. I've been waiting for this for a while. Unlike in New England, cranberries only make an appearance in Charlotte late October and through the holidays.
Now that we've got them, it's time to hoard bags and bags of fresh cranberries in your freezer. (I enjoy hoarding food that is scarce, don't you?)
So what to do with all those hoarded cranberries? Bake up a batch of cranberry muffins. Obviously. They make a delicious, healthy grab-and-go breakfast. I use whole wheat flour and yogurt in this recipe, so you can feel good about eating these every morning.
By the way, how cute are these muffin liners? (They have little owls and spiders printed on them.)
Van Gogh is Bipolar is a cafe ... yes, a place you eat food at ... in the Philippines. Aside from its unusual name, its appeal is that it offers food that is supposed to improve your mood.
The cafe only serves all-natural 'happy-hormone-producing' foods, set to lift customers' moods. Its menu is loaded with foods that are believed to help balance the brain's levels of serotonin and dopamine, which in turn helps alleviate mild to moderate depression.
Don't believe 'em? Here's a link to their menu, complete with descriptions of how the ingredients are supposed to relieve anxiety, release dopamine or beat depression.
Doesn't that look good? Eat yourself happy the next time you're visiting the Philippines!
"Hey Kim, what time is it?"
"Oh, it's half-past salmon."
I guess you couldn't really say that unless you had one of these ... a sushi clock.(FYI: The sushi isn't real; it's art, people!)
What a great way to add color to your kitchen ... and it's not a bad conversation starter, either. If it weren't for its price tag $312 US dollars I'd get one.
Of course, if the idea of raw fish makes you a little queasy, this might not be the timepiece you want to rely on.
To purchase one, visit Japan Trend Shop. (Side note: The battery is included but the manual is in Japanese. Oops).
I love knowing the history behind the name!
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