Bacon and negi pancakes

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bacon negi pancakesIt’s been a while since I made anything noteworthy. Hence my relative silence. While trying to photograph this, I discovered it is hard to make one pancake look good. Especially, when you don’t want to top it with much.

Before I give you the recipe, I have an update on the chocolate cooking class. Since there was a big snow storm in this area this last weekend, I postponed the class to February 23rd. If you would like more information, check out my post here. Continue reading

Homemade Poptarts

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homemade poptarts

A few days ago I saw a homemade poptart pin on Pinterest and I had to make some. That particular recipe called for one cup of butter. My image of poptarts is junk food that you eat once in a while for fun. I probably haven’t had one since I moved to Japan and I hadn’t given them a thought until I saw that pin. If I’m going to use a cup of butter I’m going to make something like shortbread, not poptarts. I searched a bit on google and came across the recipe on Peas and Thank You. A quarter cup of butter is more reasonable for me. I made a non-vegan version of them but if you are vegan use the recipe as is.

Changes I made to the original recipe:

  • 1 cup of all purpose flour, 1/2 cup barley flour (麦こがしmugikogashi)
  • butter instead of margarine/coconut oil
  • honey instead of maple syrup/agave
  • skipped the icing

These were really good. They didn’t taste like actual poptarts, they were better. I really liked the taste of the barley flour. I found the barley flour in the section of the supermarket that has the ingredients for making traditional Japanese sweets.

Cornmeal Waffles

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cornmeal-waffles

I bought my first waffle iron about a month ago and I have made a copious amout of waffles since then. I first tried these oatmeal waffles but they just tasted like oatmeal – same texture and all. I then tried using my pancake recipe and found success. Yesterday I decided to give my usual cornmeal pancake recipe a try in the waffle iron. It was a good idea. I loved how crunch the outside was. I had them with cassis jam but I think just a bit of butter would be best.

You can find the recipe here on Taste of Home.

Omlette for Breakfast

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This is the first time in a while I made something that required me going out to buy every ingredient (except spices). I added thyme to the omlette for the first time, fabulous.

In the omlette: mushroom, green pepper, tomato, cheese, basil, oregano and thyme.