Happy Valentines Day!
I hope everyone is celebrating the way they see fit, with kisses (of the human, canine, or chocolate variety, all are wonderful) and plenty of love. Steve and I have plans to go out for dinner tonight, but for today we’re doing the lazy thing and he’s playing video games while I blog. I made a pancake brunch for the two of us this morning, and I have to say that I think I have fiiiiinally found my go-to pancake recipe. I am so, so, so picky about pancakes. I don’t like them too fluffy so that they fall apart on your fork or so muffin-y that you need a serrated knife to cut them. I don’t like them too thin, but they also shouldn’t be too tall. I was using a mix a couple months back but realized that sub-par pancakes just wouldn’t cut it any more so I tossed it. But enough of the drama, I’ve found the one!
Heidi of 101 Cookbooks knows how to make a pancake, and her favourite recipe has now become mine. I always doubt the proportion of liquids to dry ingredients in pancake recipes because I find that most are too heavy on the liquid and there are few things I hate more than a soupy pancake batter. So I was stingy on the buttermilk, but found myself making up for that defecit as I combined wet and dry because, well, what do you know, her proportions were right on. I guess Heidi hates soupy pancake batter too. These smell like cake while they’re cooking and are fluffy while also being a touch doughy, and the buttermilk adds such a nice flavour that I know my search for the perfect pancake recipe is through. Thank you, Heidi!
From pancakes I’m now going to jump to cupcakes :-) Steve and I found ourselves at the South End Buttery yesterday and I am so glad we stopped in. We ordered a large 2% milk cappuccino and a carrot cake cupcake (all of their cupcakes are named after their dogs, which we loved) to share.
The cupcake was moist but taste-wise, nothing special. The cream cheese frosting, however, was amazing! It was slighty lemony and so creamy and tart but still sweet. Swoon-worthy, certainly.
And now to address the reason why I’ve titled my post about huge food…
I bought a ball of multigrain pizza dough from Whole Foods the other night with a plan to make calzones for Steve and I. I sauteed onions, green peppers and mushrooms with Italian spices and a little red wine, rolled out the dough and then stuffed them with pizza sauce, veggies, mozzarella and salami. I used a little over a fourth of the dough for my calzone, which came out lovely but still a little large for a single serving.
Ok, so the dough package claimed it held 11 servings. I might have scoffed at first but after this monster came out of the oven, Steve and I could not stop laughing at its hugeness. Please note the cell phone next to it for size comparison.
Steve, I am not trying to cause your death by dough. It took him 3 meals to eat all this :-)
Eat lots of chocolate today everyone!