For today, the penultimate day of advent in 2012, I talk about swimming, pancakes, the ’86 Mets, the Boss, Prince, and my cats. So, pretty much business as usual.
Swam 3000 meters today in 1:23. For me, that’s good. It felt like it took a long time and afterwards I was tired enough that I cancelled my last workout of the week – a bike workout I was supposed to do tonight on the trainer. Instead, the Wife and I will eat good food, watch MST3K (in honor of the 3k swim!) and watch the cats continue to destroy the tree. Note that this year all our ornaments are made from metal, paper, or plastic so they can’t actually do all that much damage. My tree decorating has changed dramatically since we’ve acquired these particular cats. Lucky for them that they’re so adorable when they wreak havoc.
In Advent Calendar news, Lindt warned us that in order for miracles to happen, we must have faith, or in the immortal words of Tug McGraw, “Ya gotta believe!”. Yes I remember the ’86 Mets (and oddly, I thought of Mookie Wilson first and had to google to remember that Tug McGraw was the originator of the catchphrase. I don’t remember the ’73 Mets, I was too young for that season). We both guessed the AC/DC logo correctly today even though it looks a bit more like RC/DC this time.
For breakfast today, since it was Sunday, I made pancakes. I call these Lembas pancakes because they are a variation on my Lembas waybread recipe and contain some things that I imagine Elves would cook with. Also, we are going to see the Hobbit this week.
Here’s my Lembas Pancakes recipe:
Makes 8 to 9 medium sized pancakes
- 1 Egg
- 3/4 cup flour (white or whole wheat)
- 1/4 spelt flour
- 1/3 cup dried coconut flakes
- 1 Tbsp. sugar (white, brown, or raw)
- 3/4 cup milk (low fat)
- 2 Tbsp oil (canola or similar)
- 3 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts (or other nuts)
- Preheat frying pan over medium heat with oil (canola or similar; not olive). Preheat oven to about 120°C or 250°F or so with an oven-proof plate already inside to keep pancakes warm.
- In a bowl – beat egg by hand
- Add rest of ingredients and mix until just moist – not too much more. If consistency is too thick, add a bit more milk, if too thin, add a bit more white flour. Too thick would be if a metal spoon stands up straight and never falls over, too thin would be if that same spoon meets no resistance and falls straight over. Anything in between and this recipe will work with varying degrees of pancake height.
- Add a bit of butter to the oil in the pan for taste. If desired. Feel free to skip the butter, but it’s not really unhealthy and it tastes good so you might as well add it. Do not add margarine. Margarine is unhealthy and should be avoided at all costs in favor of butter and extra virgin olive oil.
- Drop by large spoonfuls in hot frying pan
- Cook until bubbles break or light brown on bottom
- Flip and cook until edges are no longer moist and pancakes are light brown on both sides
- Keep warm in oven until ready to serve.
- Serve with honey, maple syrup, jam, and butter
One of my favorite Christmas songs done by a New Jersey born rock megastar (and Santa’s almost here, one more day!):
And (the artist formerly known as) Prince with Muppets
And now, a flipbook of Devil-cat, Captain Dukie and the tree: