I’ve watched enough food documentaries to be anti fast food. But in the midst of hectic travel days, with my tummy rumbling, airport fast food places always suck me in with the promise of a quick food fix. It’s sad really. So, inspired by a few recent blog posts (which I pinned for future reference), I decided to bake a batch of nutritious, homemade granola bars for traveling.
My Mom doesn’t really enjoy cooking, but she always makes pancakes. Maybe that’s why all the sights and smells of pancakes cooking – an electric griddle sizzling with oil as it pre-heats, scoops of delicate globby batter (don’t overmix!), the pancakes lightly frying as batter touches griddle – they all envelop me in a comforting blanket of childhood, with memories of loving, sweet mornings with family.
But even if I’d like to pretend that pancakes made with love and caring and lots of heart have to be calorie-free, I crave them way too often to turn a blind eye towards nutrition. For my little family, just G and me, I make a small batch of Whole Wheat Pancakes that really hits the spot. The whole grains give the pancakes a hearty, wholesome texture and flavor. And to cut down on sugar I serve them with yogurt and preserves (usually lingonberry preserves, if I have them), along with pure maple syrup.
If you were a cookie, what kind of cookie would you be? I can’t remember where I first heard this question, but somehow it stuck with me – I went through a period in college where it became my conversation starter of choice. Friends and new acquaintances would tell me their cookie and I would confidently spout out their personality profiles, like a fortune teller working on a Psych degree. And maybe I was just good at imagining stories, but it really did seem like people’s answers were a reflection of their personalities (watch out for those Oatmeal Raisin types!).
And my answer to the question? Chocolate Chip: Classic, traditional, cheerful, easy-going, sweet and simple, always welcome, and, most of all, everyone loves Chocolate Chip Cookies. And that is why every baker needs a go-to Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe in their apron pocket.