Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Pan Cakes with Flare

Having graduated with a double major in English & Art History, I’ll be the first to say that math and science aren’t my strong suit. I took all required classes but I’m way more of a Chaucer and Caravaggio kinda girl, than the Galileo or Einstein type.

There’s no doubting that my willingness to jump into anything scientific has grown exponentially, given that the science of baking and cooking is definitely a science that speaks to me. And of course, whenever the division needed to figure out how much that new bundt pan will cost me on sale is necessary, I’m your girl (or y’know the girl that will ask my husband exactly how much we'll be saving…).

Having said all that, my list of favorite scientists is starting to grow, and on that list? Dr. Thomas Povey, Professor of Engineering at Oxford. He’s a rocket scientist who, among other feats, seriously cut down my cooking time in the kitchen. I like to think of him as the patron scientist of Mama’s to two under two.

Nordic Ware’s recent introduction of the Flare Cookware line has brought an innovative, practical and revolutionary product, to a market that could use this ingenuity.

Dr. Povey used his experience of trying to boil water on a camp stove while mountain climbing in the Alps (only slightly more difficult than trying to boil water with a newborn and toddler in the background) to develop a product that would both heat up and cook food faster, more evenly and efficiently.

Hello, Flare Cookware!

With the addition of scales to the bottom of the pan, the absorption of the stoves heat energy is quicker and held, not dissipating. This result in less time preheating, less cooking time and less energy.

With Flare, less is more.

More time to enjoy breakfast and less time cooking it. More time to read stories and less time scrambling eggs.

In my opinion, recipes need to be quick and easy and the fewer bowls or items needed for prep, and the less time in the kitchen the better. While pancakes definitely meet the first criteria, for some reason they always take me They’re so easy and with the addition of fruits and altering which flour I use or which additions I make, are a quick and healthy meal option for our toddler. But what toddler (or Mom for that matter) is patient enough for the process of ladling batter onto a frying pan over and over and over again, with later batches burning, early batches taking ridiculously long to cook and so on?

And have you tried to clean a pan after making a dozen pancakes?

No. No thank you.

Not the case now! I literally made 10, evenly and perfectly cooked pancakes, in 15 minutes. And the pan wiped clean afterwards.

*Cue confetti*

And these weren’t just any instant, light pancakes. These were legit pan cakes. They bear a denser texture, a stronger flavor and are definitely hearty. I adapted my grandmother’s recipe. The one she’d make occasionally and have ready for us after school, warm and gigantic. These don’t need any syrup or topping, but of course you’re welcome to garnish and dress them up however you’d like! I may or may not have made a maple icing drizzle for them the last time…

Definite to do list items for this week?

1. Get yourself a Flare pan.

2. Make these pancakes.

You’re welcome!

Makes 10, 8” pancakes

1 C whole milk (3%), cold
½ C white sugar
2 large eggs (cold)
1 ½ C all purpose flour
½ tsp baking powder
dash of cinnamon

Whisk all ingredient, in order, until just combined
Allow to rest for 1-2 minutes
Using a ladle, fill the surface area of the pan with batter, leaving enough room to flip the pancake with a spatula.
Allow to cook for 1 minute* and flip
Cook for an additional 30 seconds
Turn onto a platter and repeat until you’ve used all the batter
Best served warm, and on the same day (can be kept in a sealed container, in the fridge for up to 3, reheat before serving)

*Times may vary depending on your stove. These times are based on our electric stove.

Disclaimer: The 8" Flare pan used and mentioned within the post, was generously provided by Nordic Ware. All opinions expressed above are completely my own.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Chocolate Coconut Muffins

When I shared these coconut berry pops a couple of months ago, I was exhausted from chasing around our one year old and having just moved (at 8 months pregnant, nonetheless!). Now that there's a new, super cute reason to be exhausted, I'm not only loving recipes that are quick to make and require few ingredients, but ones which are quick to eat too!  

You see, either I have to eat quickly because there are only a few minutes left during nap time, after my to do list has been partially tackled, or for instance, my 18 month old is standing in front of me, longingly staring at whatever it is that I'm eating (and not moving until he's had a piece... Or half!).

So these days, I'm absolutely loving smoothies, muffins and anything else I can make quickly, add nutrients to and eat on the go! Coconut water has been a great help in meeting all three! Using it as a substitute for water in smoothies, is a simple and effective way to add electrolytes and a little boost. And when your muffins may have a tad more chocolate chips than a healthy muffin should, adding coconut water is an easy way to add nutrients! 

When Epicurex introduced me to Chocolate Coconut Water, I was more than happy to give it a try! Nutrients and chocolate? Yes, please. Adding a touch of chocolate to smoothies and a few recipes calling for water, has been a simple yet effective way to boost flavor while adding electrolytes such as potassium and magnesium (and more!) effortlessly! The intensity of coconut water, is muted with the addition of chocolate and a subtle coconut underlying flavor. It's a fantastic way to add a new dimension to your treats!

These chocolate coconut muffins are a great, simple treat! They are best served fresh with your favorite spread or a touch of margarine! With the boost of electrolytes and chocolate, thanks to the coconut water, you're only enhancing and not compromising the flavor at all!


Chocolate Coconut Muffins (Makes 12)

2 large eggs
1 C sugar
1 1/4 C all purpose flour
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
Optional: 1/2 C of chocolate chips or a handful of shredded coconut

Preheat oven to 350F
Line and grease a muffin tray
Beat sugar and eggs together until well combined
In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt
Add the flour mixture alternating with the chocolate coconut water
Mix until just combined
Add the optional chocolate chips or shredded coconut, if you'd like
Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes

These muffins are best served fresh! They have bread like consistency and are wonderful with jam, cream cheese, margarine etc! 

Keep in a sealed container, at room temperature for up to 2 days otherwise

Epicurex provided me with a sample of Cocozia Chocolate Coconut Water to help create this recipe. The opinions, images and recipe provided, are all my own.

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Itsy Bitsy News!

With gratitude to Hashem, M & I are so excited to (officially) share special news with you!

A couple of hours after Shavuot ended, we welcomed our newest member, who has brought a whole new meaning to itsy bitsy!

Our strong, itsy bitsiest, newest little boy!

That's right. We have two little boys under two! And while our hands are definitely full, our hearts have never been fuller!

Absolutely LOVE my Happy Mommy Box, bag!

Baby N, was born under 4lbs and had to stay in the NICU. In only 9 weeks he has taught his Mommy what being strong means and is an incredible little superhero!

As for big brother Y?

When he's not busy editing and preparing guest posts for the blog... he's busy being the brother of the year! He dealt with his sense of normalcy being totally and completely uprooted and adjusted beautifully to our chaotic routine. This Mommy is super lucky to have two incredible little boys ka"h!

We've learned a lot these past couple of months, and there's so much to write about! I'm looking forward to sharing our latest adventures, y'know between checking on the newborn, tripping over a Lego or ten and chasing a toddler!

Hands full, heart full!

Be back soon with new adventures, fantastic product reviews and a few delicious recipes too! Hope you're having a wonderful summer!