Makes 8 pancakes
You are going to want these pancakes around this time of year the same way you are going to want vintage candy cane lights and indie-rock Xmas playlists and to watch Love, Actually over and over again. Basically, you won’t be able to live without them from now until January 1st. After that, put them away, let their powers recharge, and do it again next year!
Since vegan eggnogs vary from brand to brand, your results may vary, but I can’t see anything going drastically wrong from using a brand other than the one I used (which was So Delicious Coconut Eggnog, btw.) Some are thinner than others, some are spicier, but you always have to play with pancake batter a little anyway, adding a tablespoon of extra flour or a splash of extra liquid. So I say don’t sweat it.
I’ve also included a little extra nutmeg just to drive home the point…these are eggnog pancakes! If there still isn’t enough of that woodsy perfume then definitely shave a little bit more nutmeg over the top of your stack because YUM. The best way to shave whole nutmeg is to use a microplane grater. And then it gets super pretty, too, because you can see all the lovely grain contained within the seed. Oh, and the scent isn’t too shabby either. A little coconut oil over the top (instead of butter or whatever) tastes totally delish, too.
Serve these for Christmas morning or New Years brunch or tonight for the heck of it. Enjoy, and happy holidays everyone!Recipe Notes
~ Don’t use an electric mixer for the batter. Overmixed pancakes tend to result in a dense pancake. I use a dinner fork to get everything mixed.
~ You have to let the batter rest for ten minutes or so. The vinegar and the baking powder need to react with each other and the gluten needs to settle in and rest.
~Don’t crowd the pan. Even in my big cast iron, I don’t make more than two pancakes at once.
~ Don’t use too much oil in the pan. It will result in a tough exterior. A very thin layer of oil is what you want and a spray can of organic canola oil works perfectly for this.
~ Preheat the pan for a good ten minutes. I use cast iron and put it on moderate low heat (right around 3 on my stovetop), but you will probably need to adjust a little to get the temp just right. Remember, the temp is not set in stone. Lower and raise in tiny increments as needed. Even turning the dial 1/4 inch can result in big changes.
~ Use a measuring cup (with a rounded bottom if possible) to scoop out the batter. And remember to always spray the cup between pancakes, to prevent sticking.
~ Once you drop the pancake in, refrain from futzing with the batter too much. But don’t be afraid to delicately nudge the batter a tiny bit with your fingers to get a more circular shape and more even cooking. But the batter should spread a tiny bit and puff up all on its own.
2 very ripe medium bananas
1 1/4 cups eggnog
2 tablespoons organic canola oil (or other light tasting oil)
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg (plus extra for sprinkling)
1/4 teaspoon salt
To serve: Banana slices, cranberries, pure maple syrup
In a medium mixing bowl, mash bananas (using a strong fork or a potato masher or an avocado masher) until they are almost pureed. Add eggnog, canola oil, vinegar and vanilla extract and set aside.
In a separate large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, nutmeg and salt. Make a well in the center.
Pour the banana mixture into the center of the dry ingredients. Add the oil and vanilla and use a fork to mix until a thick, lumpy batter forms. That should take about a minute. It doesn’t need to be smooth, just make sure you get all the ingredients incorporated.
Preheat the pan over medium-low heat and let the batter rest for 10 minutes.
Lightly coat the pan in oil. Add 1/3 cup of batter for each pancake, and cook for about 4 minutes, until puffy. Flip the pancakes, adding a new coat of oil to the pan, and cook for another 3 minutes or so. Pancake should be about 3/4 of an inch thick, and golden brown.
Rest pancakes on a cooling rack covered with tin foil until ready to serve. To reheat, place pancakes in on a baking sheet covered with tin foil in a 300 F degree oven for 5 minutes or so. Serve with sliced bananas, cranberries and maple syrup.
Nobody NEEDS gold sparkly shoes but you know what he did? He bought them for me. Told me it was my “push present” for getting through all my treatment.
Gerry Kramer is my hero. Not because he bought me shoes … but because he’s so thoughtful and kind. He’s my biggest supporter. He has been such an amazing cheerleader for me this entire time.
No wait … I mean he has been an amazing cheerleader for me since the day I met him. He makes me feel like I can fly if I just put my mind to it.
I have sobbed into his chest more time than I can count this last year. I’ve collapsed onto the floor in tears a thousand times. I’ve crawled into his lap and cried like a baby and yet he never waivers in his belief that I can get through all this hardship that cancer brings.
He believes in me.
I wish I could reciprocate but it seems impossible. I can’t keep up with him. He’s amazing.
How did I get so lucky?
I had a pretty good week. Went to radiation every day. Walked the dog on the beach every day. Have a nap every day. Make dinner with Gerry. It’s the same. Every day feels the same.
Except that it’s not the same … there’s so many changes. I’ve been feeling a little more fatigue. So that means less running errands after radiation and more napping. So far I haven’t felt like the fatigue is debilitating but I also know how to handle my fatigue. I had Chronic Fatigue all through the 90′s … so I feel like that bout of illness has prepared me for this. It’s simple. When you’re tired … you must rest.
Although Gerry says I’m like a dog pulling at the end of my leash. So maybe I’m not so good at resting. Ha ha.
Another change is that I keep walking by the mirror thinking I have eyeliner on but it’s actually MY EYE LASHES!! They’re pretty weak and spindly but they are absolutely making their way back. Yippeee!
My eyebrows (these are them make-up free) are becoming full again. It is the WEIRDEST feeling when I wash my face because I can “FEEL” my eyebrows. I have been washing my own face for over 40 years … and yet I got used to having a slick hairfree body so quickly. Ha ha.
The hair on my head is coming in as well but I’m still shaving it once a week. It’s not very thick up top yet and so it looks like Captain Picard. I’m going to keep shaving it until the stubble starts to thicken. Plus I kind of enjoy being bald – it feels powerful for some reason.
This week I finally made it to the Relaxation Program at the Cancer Center. It’s on Thursdays at 1:30 and for some reason something always stops me from going. I finally made it a priority this week and went and now I wish I had done that sooner.
All the patients lay on mats in a darkened room while someone talks you through a guided meditation. Before the meditation started we went around the room and talked about where our “happy place” was in times of stress.
Some of patients talked about beaches at sunsets or walking through the woods in the snow … I told everyone about my ET glowing chest visual that I use when I do my radiation and how I think of radiation as a Love Laser helping my body to be cancer free. Ha ha. I’m such a weirdo.
After going around the room the guide then used each of our “happy places” in the guided mediation. It was really fantastic. I almost burst out laughing when she started talking about love lasers.
During the meditation there are 3 volunteer “strokers”.
I know. “Stroker” sounds kind of porn-ish but they are wonderful. The strokers are the same volunteers who do the Theraputic Touch sessions. Their job during the guided meditation is to make sure you don’t fall asleep. If you do … they come over and gently “stroke your feet and legs” and it brings you back to that place of relaxation instead of deep sleep.
They also do energy work on each person. I had a stroker on my feet/legs and another stroker working on my shoulders/head/face. It made me cry a little.
You know when you’re a kid and you’re lying in your Mum or Dad’s arms and they are gently rubbing your head to make your stomachache or nightmare go away. You know that feeling? When’s the last time you felt like that?? It brought me so much comfort.
There was one patient who when she first walked into the room I could see how much sadness she had in her body. When the strokers were working on her she started to sob. It was so hard for me not to roll over and wrap her up tight in my arms but I had to remind myself that it wasn’t my job.
My job was to lay there and take care of myself. The strokers were there to help us when we needed it and they were doing an excellent job. It wasn’t easy but I redirected my energy back to me and tried to let go of my need to fix everything… My job right now is to take care of me. Nothing else.
To be able to lay in a comfortable safe place with no distractions for an hour and a half not only work on de-stressing my mind but take away some of the discomfort I’ve been feeling from the radiation was amazing. I walked out of there feeling like a new person.
I am now making both Theraputic Touch and the Relaxation Program a priority. I wish I had done it sooner … but perhaps I wasn’t ready for it just yet.
The other big change is that by Thursday or Friday of this week my body started to get REALLY hot and uncomfortable from the radiation. I saw a nurse on Thursday so she could check everything and she said it looked sore but that I was doing pretty good considering how far along I am in the process.
It’s so crazy to think that the radiation goes all the way through my front to the back. My shoulder blade is looking pretty burnt. Luckily it’s not uncomfortable.
It’s my front panel that’s getting hit the hardest. Especially in my armpit area. That’s where my tumor was and it is getting the most attention.
My whole front panel from my neck to under my ribs is bright red. The photo doesn’t quite show how red I am… but trust me. It’s red.
My armpit is the worst and I think it’s from the friction of my arms moving against my body.
I’ve been doing everything they tell me to do. I cream/moisturize my body with the cream they suggested. I also have started doing saline soaks. They don’t suggest you do them until you start to get uncomfortable because the saline dries out the area and they want to keep the skin moisturized.
I am not allowed to use any other products on my skin …
I’m seeing the doctor on Monday and I’m going to beg for something for under my arm. It’s becoming VERY tender and painful. Last night I couldn’t sleep because it feels like there is a hot coal in my armpit.
I can’t do anything (like walk) because it rubs against itself and makes it even more sore. It’s almost impossible not to have my body rub against itself. So all day Friday I lay in bed like a corpse hoping that a day of rest would make my armpit feel better.
Saturday was a write off too. I was able to do a little bit of laundry but then abandoned that and lay on the sofa for the rest of the day.
I’m hoping the doctor has some magic unicorn potion she can give me for my armpit because I have another 6 radiations to go and the nurse warned me that the burning from the radiation can last another couple of weeks even after I’m done.
You know when you roast nuts and you have to take them out of the oven a little bit before they look done because they keep cooking from the inside out? That’s what’s going on with me.
The good news is that once the radiation is over I can use any healing products I want on the area so I just have to focus on getting through these next 9 days.
Can you believe I only have 6 radiations left? … I never thought I’d get here.
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