Friday, January 6, 2012

On the twelfth day of Christmas...

Yes, the big egg was a double yolk!

...we just went on with our rather relaxing week.  We had our favorite buttermilk pancakes for breakfast (ah, the hens are laying again, which meant I could use our eggs, our butter and our cultured buttermilk!), the kids spent a lot of time outdoors in the sunshine, and we savored the last of the twelve days (the octave of Christmas, the octaves of St. Stephen, St. John the Divine and the Holy Innocents, and today, the Epiphany).

I spent the better part of the day trying to put a menu plan in place.  Why is this so hard?

The tree will be stripped and removed tomorrow.  We will lovingly put away our pretty ornaments (we each have our favorites), take the tree outside for the birds, and put the living room furniture back to where it was.  I always use a few bags of foil-covered chocolate coins to trim the tree with, and on Epiphany, the last evening before we take down the tree, the kids snip off all the coins and divide them up between themselves as a last Christmas treat and a reminder of the gold brought to the Christ child on this day.

Our Nativity scenes will stay up for a while, perhaps until Candlemas.

I thought you might like our favorite pancake recipe.  I was going to put cinnamon and cloves into the batter this morning, thinking of the East, from whence the spices--and the Wise Men--journeyed.  But they are equally good without!

Our Favorite Buttermilk Pancakes

2 cups All Purpose flour (I use white whole wheat flour)
2 Tbsp milled golden flax seed (optional)
2Tbsp sugar or Rapadura
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 eggs
2 cups cultured buttermilk
2 Tbsp melted butter

Heat your griddle to where a drop of water dances on it!
Sift together the flour, flax seed, sugar, salt and baking soda in a medium to large bowl.
In a smaller bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and the eggs. Whisk in the melted butter.
Pour the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture and stir to blend, but do not over-mix.

Grease your griddle or use pan spray.  Ladle the batter onto it to make your pancakes.
Makes about 26 pancakes 4" in diameter.