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Pancakes – Summer Edition

 You’ve probably noticed by now that I post a lot of pancake recipes…what can I say?  Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day and I love to indulge once and awhile.  From my classic pancake recipe to gluten free coconut pancakes, vegan chia seed pancakes and finally, everyone’s favourite blueberry pancakes, I really have expressed a lot of love for this dish!

Cherry Pancakes

Cherry Pancakes

This week, I happened to eat pancakes TWICE.  I’d like to say that this was because I felt entitled to a big breakfast after a hardcore workout, but sadly this was not the case. I went cherry picking a few weeks ago and on this particularly lazy summer Sunday, I decided to crack open one of the jars of preserved cherries and make some pancakes out of ’em.  I used my classic pancake recipe and sliced up a cup of cherries, reserving any extra juice.  I carefully placed the cherries on the pancakes after pouring the batter in the pan, to keep them evenly distributed.  I stirred in the reserved juice with a half cup of real maple syrup, which added an extra pop of cherry flavour.  Fresh cherry pancakes were a real treat, and made for a decadent breakfast!

This week was also my last day of my contract.  For the past year I’ve been producing a pre-school show called Creative Galaxy for Amazon Prime, and sadly, the show was wrapping up.  My director took us out for lunch to Mildred’s Temple Kitchen, or “b’lunch” as they like to call it (when did ‘b’lunch become a thing?).  I knew exactly what I wanted to order – their infamous blueberry pancakes.

Blueberry Pancakes, Mildred's Temple Kitchen

Blueberry Pancakes, Mildred’s Temple Kitchen

“Mrs. Biderhof’s Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes” are a must-have if you live in Toronto.  Thick, rich, fluffy cakes are topped with Lanark County maple syrup, wild blueberry compote and whipped cream.  I have a bottomless stomach, but even I was hard pressed to finish this tower or goodness (well, I also ordered a side of bacon…).  I’m not sure who Mrs. Biderhof is, but apparently she has been making people happy since 1989, so says the little caption on their menu.  Today she made me very happy, if not a bit sleepy!

 

Hello 2016!

2015 was a pretty good year for me.  I moved this blog over to a self hosting site and have diligently blogged once a week ever since.  My boyfriend and I traveled on our first big trip together to Turkey and it was incredible.  We had two amazing camping adventures together during the summer and later in the year relaxed in Mexico while celebrating my best friend getting married.  I watched a lot of fantastic horror movies.  The best horror movie of the year was “It Follows” though technically I saw it at the 2014 TIFF, so I would say my favourite horror movie I saw last year was “The Final Girls”, also at TIFF.  Finally I created and ate lots of delicious dishes, my top Instagram posts below!

Most of all I just feel so lucky to be surrounded by wonderful friends & family (and two fluffy cats), and that we all made it through another year with good health and happiness.  I try to never take for granted the freedom that I have living in Canada.

So 2016, what will you bring?  I resolve to always be kinder, more positive, more patient and spread love.  I resolve to try to do more good deeds and to take care of those I love.  And of course, I resolve to keep up with my blogging!

Top Instagram Posts 2015

Top Instagram Posts 2015

My top posts of 2015!

A Paleo Breakfast: Banana Bread & Gordon Ramsay’s Scrambled Eggs with Pomegranate

Two Bite Chicken Apple Curry Kale Wraps

Brioche In Brooklyn

Thanksgiving Turkey Burger w/ Sweet Potato Hummus & Kale Brussels Sprout Slaw

Lamb & Sweet Potato Sheppard’s Pie

Algonquin

30 Minutes Shrimp Fried Quinoa

Vegan Gluten Free Coconut Power Pancakes

Algonquin Portage: Chia Seed Pancakes

DAY 3 – BANDIT LAKE TO MISTY LAKE

Chia Seed Pancakes - Algonquin

Chia Seed Pancakes – Algonquin

We started off Day 3 with a hearty pancake breakfast. Usually when I portage I have instant oatmeal and a Boost protein shake but I wanted to try something different. The problem was there was no way to transport an egg. My boyfriend actually suggested to use chia seeds – not only are they rich in antioxidants and fiber but when soaked they expand to create a good binding agent. I used my Classic Pancake recipe and replaced the egg with one tablespoon of chia seeds. You can grind up the chia seeds ahead of time with a mortar and pestle but I kind of liked the mild crunchiness of the seeds in the pancakes. I also found a mini bottle of syrup at the Asian grocery store and so there you have it – outback pancakes complete with real maple syrup!

Chia Seed Pancakes - Algonquin

Chia Seed Pancakes – Algonquin

We had another reasonably light day traveling through Wenona and Muslim lake with only 1400m in portages, however one of them was our first long portage of the trip clocking in at 1030m. By this point we had found our rhythm for transporting all our gear. I preferred to carry the canoe and my pack, and my boyfriend carried his pack with the oars, fishing tackle, camera and bail kit. I actually preferred the canoe, I found that once I had my rhythm even though it was hard work, this position was actually much more comfortable than juggling all the other gear.

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Misty Lake – Algonquin

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Misty Lake – Algonquin

As we entered Misty Lake a light rain started to fall but we were prepared and quickly through a tarp over our packs in the canoe. Our site was just across the lake so we were able to get there before there rain became too heavy. Later that evening the skies cleared and we went for a beautiful canoe ride at dusk and attempted some fishing. As the sun began to set, we spotted a family of loons and quietly canoed up close to them to take some photos. The loons were surprisingly calm and allowed us to paddle right beside them. As they dove away, we would follow, and then to our delight they would pop up right beside us. I actually felt intimidated as I never realized what a large bird the loon was, and with their piercing red eyes, it was no wonder that they felt not fear around us. As we headed back to our site, it was at this moment that I realized my eye felt a little funny. I told my boyfriend and when he looked at my eye it was all swollen and puffy! Turns out a mosquito had bitten my eyelid, and I now looked like Quasimodo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame. My eye was a bit uncomfortable but for the most part I just let my boyfriend make fun of me and I laughed it off – it’s always a new adventure out in the wilderness!

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Misty Lake – Algonquin