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by Lori Ann

CornCakes

This Pancake Saturday, I tried out a new recipe for corn (pan)cakes. Tasty and filling!

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by Lori Ann

Dutch Pancake

I had never heard of Dutch Pancakes (also called Oven Pancakes) until I searched for pancake recipes using lots of eggs. They fluff it up nicely, resulting in a texture similar to french toast. Baba hates eggs but loves this recipe, so it makes its rounds for our weekly pancake breakfasts!

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by Lori Ann

I’ve been getting into the kitchen more now that Tigger’s old enough to either play with pots on the floors or entertain herself on my back. Here’re some things we’ve cooked up this year so far… let me know which dishes look good and I’ll try and get a recipe post up for them :)

by Lori Ann

Sourdough Pancakes

sourdough

Dutch Pancake

dutch

Buckwheat Pancakes

buckwheat

I make pancakes every Saturday morning for breakfast and am having a ton of new fun trying and inventing new recipes. I wanted to tease with some recent photos to encourage everyone to bug me until I remember to post the recipes.

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Lori Ann

Yi baby headpiece

We’re spending more and more time with our friends in the countryside, which is a ton of fun, lets us devote up to 13 hours a day to immersed language study, and lets Tigger spend most of her time in her favorite place, the great outdoors!

Of course, it also means less time online, which ironically equals less time sharing about what we’re doing (ironic because it makes it look like we aren’t doing anything!). Also ironically, though we’re doing what we love most, we more often forget to pull out the camera; I told my dad a few weeks ago it seems the moments that matter most are the ones I never think to record!

So, though there are only a few, I thought I’d share some village highlights from last month. I haven’t uploaded this month’s yet but will share once I do!

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by Lori Ann

buckwheat breakfast

After months of experimenting with buckwheat, I’ve finally developed my perfect buckwheat recipe. I can’t wait til Tigger is old enough to eat it! Click “more” below to read it and try it out for yourself.

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by Lori Ann

2010-07-01clearly, not my photo (I’m out of town and couldn’t get my own cabinet!)
photo by Robot B on flickr

We’ve never been great at keeping up with meal planning. We’ll write a week’s menu, only to forget it two days in. More often, we don’t get to the menu-writing at all.

Part of our (my) problem is not being great at cooking “on the fly.” It’s complicated to figure out which recipes share ingredients, but I’ve never cooked without recipes.

To remedy this problem, I just finished reading How to Cook Without a Book. I’m implementing the first step right now, keeping an ongoing list of food to stock in the house. She acknowledges that everyone’s will be different based on their tastes, so here’s ours:

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by LoriAnn

“What’s this doing out on the counter?” Baba asks.

“Oh no! I must have left it out this morning!” Mama replies (and it is now 9pm). No use crying over spoilt milk, so my brain starts turning… and then my fingers are turning the pages in our family cookbook to this favorite recipe! Hope you enjoy it as much as we have been all week!

Milk Cake

by LoriAnn

Ooops! I was revising the Mama Cooks page (sort of our online family recipe box) and realized that I’d never converted the Granola Goodness recipe into U.S. measurements as promised last October! I finally got around to it, so here you go!

Granola

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Happy Fathers' Day!We’d only been back in China a few days when Baba’s first Fathers’ Day (Babas’ Day?) came around. His gift hadn’t arrived in the mail yet (it did today!) but I wanted to do something special for him. In the U.S., I bought a silicone mini-bundt-cake pan at Goodwill, so I looked up a chocolate cake recipe and settled on the one below, originally from Recipezaar (I just halved all the ingredients; it took the same amount of time to bake). I wish I’d taken pictures, but we ate it too quickly, so you’ll have to settle for Tigger handing Baba his present.

Easy Chocolate Cake, no eggs or butter

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