Monday, January 24, 2011

Oatmeal Pancakes, and a little something called Mexico

This title might seem a bit confusing, pancakes and Mexico don't tend to fit in the same sentence too often, however these two things currently share something- a good friend of mine. Wait... now it sounds like the pancakes contain person (they do say love is an ingredient...?), let's pull a Tarantino and jump back to this past summer.

As some of you readers may know, I spent summer here in Worcester. Having had my friends-in-the-area group reduced to a good handful I became an e-mailing/facebooking/texting fiend. Thankfully between visits to Leah in Cambridge, weekly themed parties, some awesome roommates, and regular conversations with Sasha I survived. During one such conversation with Sasha, a particular oatmeal pancake recipe was mentioned. After a desperate plea on my side and a fit of giggles on the other I had my recipe!

The recipe comes from a family friend of Sasha's and makes for some pretty darn quick and tasty pancakes. They are simultaneously light and dense, and are just sweet enough not to need any sugary garnishing, but certainly don't suffer from the addition!

Oatmeal Pancakes
Makes about 8 small pancakes

1 cup oats (I suggest rolled or instant)
1 1/8 cup milk
1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Mix the oats and milk together in a small bowl and let the oats soak for at least 5 minutes. Separately combine the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Beat the eggs with the vegetable oil. Mix all the ingredients together until just evenly mixed, and cook batter in small batches on a hot skillet (I normally set mine at about medium heat). Flip once the batter on the top side begins to look cooked (and the bottom has those awesome brown swirly marks).

Super easy and delicious!

Sasha happens to be spending the year in Mexico City, specifically in the D.F., volunteering at Casa de los Amigos. The house is a "Quaker guesthouse/social justice organization/community center/international community in the center of Mexico City that hosts travelers all over the world, as well as immigrants and refugees seeking political asylum." She even has her own blog, which you can find here, that is full of posts that range from beautiful pictures of the city, daily struggles of living in the city (air pollution and clean feet, for example), and brief illuminations on immigration and globalization. I recommend checking it out!

Also, I'd like to invite readers to post or e-mail us any awesome recipes you'd like to share. Who knows, maybe yours could be the next featured post!

Warm wishes and toasty regards,

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