Monday, May 3, 2010

TEA & PANCAKES

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A few weeks ago I had brunch at daughter #1's place
 


Ashleigh has become interested in cooking and has become a very good cook.  Some of her best dishes are grilled salmon steaks, chicken casserole and hamburgers.
This day she invited me for Brunch! 
Bacon, sasuage, eggs and

 Pancakes!
This was Ashleigh's first attempt at Pancakes
A little 'pancake' history! There is a website called "Pancakeology" and I found some interesting facts there:  
The modern pancake has roots dating to ancient times. Foods similar to pancakes can be dated back to the ancient Romans. The Romans enjoyed a simple flatbread consisting of flour, milk, eggs and spices which was called called "Alita Dolcia" (Latin for "another sweet").Some Alita Dolcia were sweetened with honey or fruits hile others were savory breads filled with meats and cheeses. Although Alita Dolcia may have resembled pancakes, the pancakes we know today originated in Medieval Europe.
"The griddle method of cooking is older than oven baking, and pancakes are an ancient form. The first pancakes clearly distinguishable from plain griddle breads are sweet ones mentioned by Apicius; these were made from a batter of egg, mixed milk and water, and a little flour, fried and served with pepper and honey. An English culinary manuscript of about 1430 refers to pancakes in a way which implies that the term was already familiar, but it does not occur often in the early printed cookery books...Throughout Europe pancakes had a place among Easter foods, especially on Shrove Tuesday (or Mardi Gras), the last day before Lent."
---Oxford Companion to Food, Alan Davidson [Oxford University Press:Oxford] 1999 (p. 571)
The Pancake form has been adopted by regional cuisines throughout the world in a variety of forms. In Germany they have hearty potato pancakes, in France there are crepes and galettes, Ireland has the Boxty and Scottland the drop scone. Beyond Europe we can find the dadar gutung in Indonesia, the poori from India and the bao bing from China.
From it's inception, America has relied on the pancake as an important source of nourishment.
"Pancakes have long been a staple of the American breakfast table, and their history is as old as that of the Native Americans who shaped a soft batter in their hands and called it, in the Narragansett, nokehick (it is soft), transmuted by early white settlers into " no cake." Cornmeal pancakes were called "Indian cakes" as early as 1607. The Dutch in America made similar cakes from buckwheat, panekoeken, which by 1740 were called "buckwheat cakes." English settlers brought with them the feast of Pancake Tuesday, an old name for Shrove Tuesday, the day before the Lenten fast begins...By 1745 Americans were also referring to hoe cakes," perhaps because they were cooked on a flat hoe blade...One of the most beloved versions of this simple cake is the Johnnycake [also known as journey cake], specifically associated with Rhode Island...The word "pancake" itself was not in general usage until the 1870s..."
---Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink, John F. Mariani [Lebhar-Friedman:New York] 1999 (p.
229-30)
Another fun site to check out is here
 
 They got a little brown but they were very good!
Real Maple Syrup and butter
Ashleigh also served me a lovely Jasmine tea
We also had some watermelon with our meal
Thanks Ash!

 yes that is a Google Blogger T-shirt she has on!  Ashleigh works for Google!  

Always,
Linda 



15 comments:

Julie Harward said...

Sounds like she has a good job! How nice to be invited for brunch with a daughter..the most fun! Interesting about the pancakes...thats what we are having for dinner tonight! Love them any time! Come say hi :D

Sue said...

Hi Linda....how nice to have the daughter cooking you breakfast..I love her tee shirt...do they sell those?....We could all get one for the next time we get together so every one knows all the crazy ladies with the cameras are Bloggers!! See you Friday!

Jojo said...

What fun and your daughter looks like she was enjoying being part of the story too! I have to agree with Sue's suggestion. Don't we all need one of those t-shirts?

Chickens in the Basement said...

Isn't it nice when someone else cooks for you. Sounds like it was yummy!

sissie said...

Your daughter did a great job cooking breakfast for you and that's so cute how you photographed her!
I love her blogger shirt too. And, I agee with the others that we should all have one.

Ask her to work on that!

hugs
Sissie

mrs. c said...

I too love pancakes, I have a griddle that I use and make them all different shapes. We made pancakes in my classroom and made them animal shapes...the kids had so much fun!

Susan said...

Awwww, that's nice your daughter invited you to brunch. Looked like a fun time! Thanks for sharing. Sincerely, Susan

Deb said...

Good for her because pancakes take a certain knack to do them right. And it wasn't even 'Mother's Day'. Deb

Diann said...

Now that was a fun post! thanks Ashleigh (BTW, my middle name is Leigh....that was my 'comment trivia' for today. LOL) for sharing your brunch with all of us!

Troy is our pancake maker here. he makes great pancakes and makes a lot of them! He likes to eat them as bread for a sandwich. And the princess reuests them often.

Kathy said...

Thanks for all the pancake knowledge!!!!
I'm gonna wow em with all that information at the next pancake breakfast!
and now I actually know someone who works for Blogger!!!!
A sweet daughter!!!!
xoxo~Kathy @
Sweet Up-North Mornings...

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

Pancakes...love em for supper and make Texas size ones, too. Interesting history..especially the Johnnycake..always thought that was a Southern term. Cool Blogger Tshirt...I want one. Isn't it fun when daughters want to cook? My Grands love to cook, especiall the grandson...who knew! Enjoyed your post...Sue

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Yummy!! Lucky you to have a great cook for a daughter.
*hugs*deb

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

How nice of her to invite you to brunch, and how wonderful that she wants to learn to cook. She obviously had a good teacher, and apparently, since you were invited to brunch, you were a good mom too. laurie

Chatty Crone said...

When is my daughter going to make me pancakes?

Ashleigh looked like she did a great job - a little dark on the pancakes - but there is always next time and it is better then never cooking for your mom.

And those t-shirts can't wait to see yours on you.

Love,
sandie

Mary said...

Hi Linda,
First of all, I love the violets in your header picture.
Mmmm, pancakes with butter and maple syrup. That's the way to eat them in my opinion. My fav pancake is Swedish pancakes with yeast in them. Fascinating info on the history of pancakes. Food history is so interesting...it's the history of man - where he's traveled, what foods are indigenous to which continents...