One of the things I enjoy about fieldwork (although most people might not necessarily consider it a perk) is sharing a field house. Because that means I have someone to cook for! Especially at breakfast time. Usually I don’t have any breakfast company (aside from Chai) but I love making breakfast or brunch for others.
Today we have a day off so we made pancakes, trying out a new recipe. They seemed to take a long time to cook, due to the thickness of the batter, but they were worth the wait.
(serves two, adapted from Allrecipes)
3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp butter, melted
3/4 cup milk
1/4 chopped pecans, walnuts, or other nuts, optional
In a medium bowl, stir together oats, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. In a small bowl, combine butter, milk, and egg; beat well. Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients, then fold in nuts if using.
Fry in a greased frying pan over medium heat as you normally cook pancakes. The batter is quite thick, so you may need to spread the batter with the back of a spoon.
We made ours with a combination of pecans and walnuts stolen from mixed nuts. These were delicious topped strawberries and maple syrup, another idea could be to add cinnamon or vanilla for more flavour in the pancakes themselves.
The texture of these reminded me of my baked oatmeal. Soon enough we will be in the field pre-dawn, so I might make that the night before and heat it up in the wee hours of the morning!
Another good thing about making breakfast for someone– good companions do the dishes! (Thanks Gabrielle! 😉 )
Do you like to make breakfast for others? What do you make?
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