lo’ behold! my first successful Pancake Creation de Mardi Gras!

a lovely heart shaped lime pancake; the first successful one I have ever made on my own.

Nothing tastes better than breakfast. Anytime of the day. So, when Foodimentary alerted me that Mardi Gras was synonymous with Pancake Day, I absolutely had to have pancakes. Originally, I was to rely on my friend’s pre-made, terribly unhealthy pancake mix out of a box. Thankfully (for both our sakes), she had a paper to write.

Phew.

Instead I crafted my own Pancake/Waffle mix recipe from scratch! Completely gluten, lactose, and butter free, the entire batter totaled 750 calories with about 7 pancakes total. At only about 110 calories per pancake, I would say this marvelous experiment was a complete and utter success! Not only can I make pancake batter from scratch, I can make it in less than 10 minutes.

Whether or not this is good overall is yet to be seen. Immediacy to pancakes would ruin them. As such, I won’t be making them often. That and I just found out that I can make egg crepes.

yes, that's a little egg crepe you see. it may look like an omelette, but it isn't.

As in, I slightly beat an egg, spread it over the entire round surface of a pan like a crepe until it is very thin, and then flip it before it burns to create a solid disk of an egg. Egg crepes are now my new tortillas. Instant protein with all the versitility of a wrap. 

However, this post is about Mardi Gras festivities in the form of pancakes. Savory and sweet! our pancakes had a lemon and lime and parsley. Not traditionally seen in American pancakes. They weren’t sweet; they were sweetened. Pancakes can get weighted down by their sugary texture. Using almond and soy milk along with brown rice flour lent a nutty foundation for our pancake batter that could be expanded in either direction. Ideal! No Calorie Xylitol Sweetener helped immensely in cutting the sugar calories to 0, without effecting taste. I even added a tad bit of flaxseed for that wonderful Omega-3 boost!

my lemon-parsley pancakes, not as beautiful as the first, but no less tasty.

If I may say so, these pancakes were delicious, nutritious, and stupendous! Although Fat Tuesday felt like a Fat Tuesday, it wasn’t as calorie intensive as it could have been. In the end, isn’t that what this whole lent thing is about?

pancakes, pancakes, pancakes~

for all of you who did not know, i am completely enamored with pancakes. 8D I love them so much.

When I first stumbled upon their pancakes, it was out of blind curiosity. I just thought it was so cool for a farmer’s market tent to serve pancakes! They had me a first bite. Something about their secret pancake recipe had me hooked. Was it the bits of lemon? The early-morning wake up? The sheer complete and utter joy of knowing I was eating pancakes?!

I still don’t care. -smiles- I am so just glad that I have found such a breakfast treasure in the heart of Iowa City.

Now, after our relationship has flourished, I attend this weekly ritual with the utmost care. Get up. Make a thermos of coffee. Starbucks, if you must know, because yes, I am one of those women who needs a legitimate cup of cooperation for breakfast. Send mind signals to me farmers’ market buddy, roommate and cohost of my life Y-. Then, we traverse through the vacant early morning streets to victory! but mostly, pancakes.

Seeing their bright yellow tarp, I just stroll over. Pancakes are not something to be rushed. However, this morning was a special morning. As I walked over, their faces, though excited to see me again, we disappointed. They had forgotten to bring a promotional t-shirt. I shook my head. Like they needed to. I had already given directions and commented to everyone in my classes to TRY THESE PANCAKES! Nevertheless, I pulled out a poem I was going to give them in exchange anyway. Why not? They deserved to know I wrote about them!

Glancing it over, I couldn’t quite accurately read the expression on their faces. Were they excited? Shocked? Happy?! I’m going to say a little of all three. Because before I knew it, the Griddle God, looked up and stated, “This totally deserves some free pancakes.”

WHAT?!

The Pancake Prince poured the batter onto the griddle immediately. asjelgkstgs!!!! I couldn’t believe my eyes ears nose mouth what ever. I so hope I looked as excited as I was on the inside.

Oh my fgsh~

Now, remember, this is built over a lifetime (weeks) of pancake eating and patronage. So it’s not a random person brings them poem and then they give them free pancakes. That would be silly! Still, I was flabbergasted! They make my Saturday morning to die for! I wait all week, undergo my stresses, just to know I am getting pancakes at the end of it all. and today?  Well, today I found myself with an extra $5 dollars, two new friends, and a belly full of two 12in diameter pancakes.

Yes, today has been and should continue to be a phenomenal day! I know when I go back next week; I will splurge. I’ll get pecans ON TOP of my pancakes. (: So what if it costs a little extra. They deserve the extra charge, because their pancakes–and their friendship–is worth every cent.