I finally got my Sunday Breakfast!

Our Sunday Wake-Up Schedules can be anywhere form 30 to 60 minutes off.  Victor gets up and I roll over and catch another episode of the dream de la nuit.    I’m up at 5am five days a week.  On Sunday I’m just not in a hurry to crawl out of bed.  Unfortunately, Victor’s usually ready to eat just as I’m getting my first shot of coffee.

I’m finding that if I plan in advance – and let him know that I’m planning in advance – the odds of us having breakfast together improve greatly.

So I planned.

I put the baking mix on the counter last night as a not-too-subtle reminder and got started in the kitchen a little earlier than is my wont.

I used a baking mix for the pancakes but didn’t follow the recipe on the box.  I added two eggs instead of the one directed, added vanilla – because I always add vanilla to pancakes – and just added water until the consistency was where I wanted it.   Victor came walking into the kitchen as I was adding the water from a water glass and said “Ahh… carefully measuring, I see.”  But, of course.

Pancakes are possibly the easiest thing in the world to make – even from scratch.  I used to make pancakes from whatever grains and flours were in the house at the time.  Just add this-n-that with some eggs, butter, baking powder – and vanilla – and breakfast was served!  I don’t make pancakes as often as I used to.  Maye next time I’ll do something a bit more non-traditional.

The biggest secret to making pancakes, though, is NOT smooshing them with the spatula after you flip them.

I cannot count the number of times I have seen the cook take the spatula and turn a light, fluffy, delicate pancake into a flattened version of its former self.  The whole concept of adding baking powder is to make them rise.  Really.

Another breakfast secret is to cook the bacon in the oven on a sheet pan.

It comes out flat and perfect every time.  If you use parchment paper on the pans – and everyone should use parchment paper on their pans – clean-up is a snap.