i have the sweetest sister in law, who know matter how busy or chaotic things may be she can always think of others before herself. dave teases that with 4 kids, working full time and being a mom taxi thoughtfulness who be the first thing to go, but she some how manages to keep a mental list of everything that is happening, with everyone, and is always thinking about how she can create a special moment. this was mine. i had my gestational diabetes screening which means a high protein meal followed by a few hours of fasting. so in order for me not to be a complete gagging mess (skipping meals doesn’t help the situation) my sister in law made these protein packed cottage cheese pancakes for me. lucy and i went home the next day and made a giant batch for the week! i reckon they would be yummy with ricotta cheese too!
the recipe is her’s; it that been in her family for years, i think she said it is from an old le leche league cookbook.
cottage cheese pancakes
1.5c cottage cheese
1/2c flour (we used almond and buckwheat)
1/4ts baking powder
beat eggs until light. mash cottage cheese for beat with a mixer until smooth. add eggs with salt, flour and baking powder; mix well. drop by the tablespoon onto hot griddle and cook until browned on both sides. serve with syrup or berries or our favorite, lemon curd.
my sister in law just mashes her cottage cheese with a potato masher for added texture, i just threw everything in a blender. both were delicious.
rosemary/lemon/ginger/touch of honey
this weekend we are having an entire family of friends come for the weekend to check out the mountains, play in the snow and entertain the idea of a change of life. we’re just gonna let the town do all the convincing. have a wonderful weekend!
the miss is a huge granola fan, to say the least. this is by far her favorite recipe, its really easy to just throw in whatever you have on hand. the key is to add enough wet ingredients so that everything holds together when squeezed in the palm of your hand. this batch has dates, pecans and dried coconut…and is almost gone!
this pregnancy is changing my diet (no surprise), i am noticing an effect to dairy and to sugar, both which give me crazy heartburn and are creating congestion and an annoying cough, ask my bff, she is so tired of hearing me cough for 6 months straight now. now i am on the search for dairy free (eggs seem to be okay, so far) and sugar free recipes; this one is so so good, we added sliced bananas to our pancakes while they were cooking. we also cooked ours with a bit of coconut oil, i think whisking the eggs a little would have created a fluffier pancake but they were delicious either way. recipe here
*post script: whisking the eggs more and letting the batter have 10 minutes to sit makes all the difference in making a nice fluffy pancake.
our favorite lunch: tuna fish sandwich and sides
ricotta, tomato, salt + pepper and soft scrambled eggs on toast.
this pregnancy as been a bit trying on all parts, i’ve been really sick + am having a hard time keeping things down, i am super super tired and then fighting a cold on top of it all. it’s starting to get to me. nothing really sounds good to eat. so in order to get more protein into my diet i decided to make some pickled beets + eggs, something i’ve never had ever, in my life! a little dollop of mayo and its a tasty little snack, that’s really pretty to look at.
lately we have been wiped out by a pretty gnarly cold, i have had a wretched cough for over a week now. we have done all the normals: elderberry syrup, ginger honey tea (sometime with cayenne) and lots of hot mustard baths and movies but for some reason it just wants to hang on. so in hopes of finding a bit of comfort i made some congee and boy, it hit the spot, i think we all went back for seconds. its a simple one dish comfort food that wraps you like an old wool blanket and makes you feel at home.
4c broth (veggie, chix, mushroom..)
1c white rice
6 organic chicken thighs bone in, skin removed
5-6 shitake mushrooms
1-2 inch piece of ginger sliced into large chunks
put all ingredients in a soup pot or dutch oven, bring to a boil on med-hi and turn down to low (but a lively simmer) and let cook uncovered for 1 hr. stirring frequently creates a creamy congee. after one hour, remove chicken; let cool and shred, fish out ginger chunks. serve hot and top with favorite garnishes.
hot chili slices
we usually take turns picking out a friday nite restaurant but with limited choices up here we have now opted to picking out a fancy dinner that we can all make together as a family. last weekend we invited aunt suj and uncle jim to join us for a sushi dinner, made by us. (spicy tuna, sashimi, tamago, tuna + mango rolls and california rolls)
almost an everyday lunch at this point: coconut kefir, frozen bananas, kale, hemp seeds + blueberries.