Breakfast, served. It's National Blueberry Pancake Day! OK, I'm not American, but I can still enjoy my Mini Blueberry Buttermilk Oat Pancakes and Cheesy Salsa Scrambled Eggs. Yum.
Ahh, those gun-toting wacky Americans celebrate a national food holiday every day of the year. January is National Oatmeal Month? Fruity + Oaty + Pancakes? Hell yeah, PURE WIN.
I usually think of pancakes as yummy weekend comfort food that's essentially nutritionally bankrupt. Heck, it's mostly just white flour, a bit of fat, liquid, eggs and SYRUP GALORE. But it can be an everyday healthy breakfast if you throw in the goodness of whole wheat, flax seeds, oats, and good fruit. Less drowning in maple syrup and butter. And smaller portions!
Click on a thumbnail to view a larger version. A pile of bite-sized MINI pancakes made with a cast iron griddle that makes seven 2.5" pancakes at a time. Fluffy light pancakes, maple syrup, scrambled eggs and hot coffee:
Fluffy creamy scrambled eggs topped with grated old cheddar cheese and spicy chunky tomato salsa. Did you ever notice that the FIRST pancake (or first batch) ALWAYS turns out BAD? Over-greasing the pan will fry the pancakes and leads to uneven browning. The proof:
So, the first pancake usually turns out the worst. But after a few tries, the pancakes improve.
Improvement. The same cannot be said for any Lana Del Rey song released after "Video Games" - the intriguing song that made her an internet meme in 2011. Her imperfect voice ranges from maple syrupy sweet to sultry haunting and evokes a David Lynch film, glamour bad girl, Nancy Sinatra, Chris Isaak, and narcotic-induced or heartbroken numbness. ODD.
Then "Blue Jeans" came out after, followed by "Born to Die" (there's an official music video, but I prefer the video below). Cookie cutter songs. From the SAME template - Video Games! Yet... not amazing like Video Games. Huh. The inevitable LAW OF DIMINISHING RETURNS.
I don't know what disturbs me more - that I actually LIKE burnt pancakes or that I've been looping a song I dislike. Aaaack, it's growing on me. Like a fungus. Gah. Pass me the syrup.
Oh, you're STILL here? Or maybe you skipped, skipper. Lana Del Rey's debut album drops in stores on January 31 in U.S.A. - THE DAY AFTER MY BIRTHDAY. Wish me a... something. I also celebrate a birthday in September, but I much prefer my birthday in January. LOL WUT?
Massa aka "fruity oaty bar"