The Lovely Bride has a favorite breakfast – pancakes!
Before I learned about my gluten-sensitivity I used to make them for our breakfast almost every Sunday. When I decided to eliminate gluten from my diet (as much as possible, anyway) this little tradition fell by the wayside.
Recently we discovered a gluten-free pancake mix, Glutino, which is very tasty and easy to use.
The directions say to stir together equal parts of pancake mix and milk, plus oil and an egg. Starting with 1 and 1/2 cups of mix, I put in the oil (I used Olive Oil, of course!) and the egg first, then started stirring in a cup of milk. The batter was very wet and runny, so I opted not to add that additional 1/2 cup.
I let the batter sit while the electric griddle warmed up and I fried a few slices of Black Pepper Encrusted Turkey Pastrami (in lieu of Bacon). I brushed the griddle with butter and poured out eight medium-sized pancakes.
The pancakes fluffed up nicely and turned a beautiful golden-brown. I took them off the griddle and put them in the warmed-up oven while I fried a couple of eggs over-easy.
My Favorite Breakfast “Sandwich”
To make the Souped Up Short Stack you’ll need some American Cheese slices and Bacon (I sub in the Turkey Pastrami). When the eggs are fried the way you like them, start building your sandwich (starting with the foundation). You can use as many layers of pancakes as you want:
Last week the Lovely Bride and I took a 9-day vacation, away from the frozen forests of New Hampshire to the warm(er), sandy shores of the Carolinas.
We spent a couple of days in Charleston, SC, and had the opportunity to enjoy some amazing food. At The Ordinary we had a lovely dinner of small plates, paired with some wonderful local beers and (non-local) wines. One dish that really grabbed me was the Chilled Razor Clams:
On our return I decided to take a shot at re-creating this sauce. The following is my Experimental Recipe for this dish, I have only made it once and it could use a couple of tweaks. This is enough for two good-sized appetizer portions.
Start by roasting some garlic and 1/2 shallot in a little olive oil in the oven, 30 minutes at 350 degrees. While this is going you can prep the rest of the puree.
I used my new digital scale to record the measurements for this recipe, the units are in grams (no I’m not going to convert them). You can get an inexpensive digital scale at many department or specialty food stores (and I recommend that you do).
For making the puree I used my NutriBullet, as it does an amazing job of it!
1/4 Granny Smith apple, peeled and cored 35g
1/3 Jalapeno pepper, seeded 12g
bunch of Cilantro leaves (no stems) 16g
1/4 yellow Bell pepper, seeded 38g
Peruvian Pink Rock salt 2g (this is optional, I picked this up at Southern Season and couldn’t resist trying it. You can use kosher salt)
1 Tbsp Apple Cider vinegar
1/8 tsp ground Cayenne pepper
roasted Garlic 3g
roasted Shallot 17g
leftover roasting oil 5g
Put all of this into your blender and puree:
Chop one scallion on the bias and dice up another 1/4 of the Granny Smith apple for garnishing the plate. Put all of these components in the fridge until you are ready to serve.
March in New Hampshire is no time to be looking for Razor Clams, so I substituted shrimp and the little scallops, about 1/4 pound of each. After they were peeled, rinsed and patted dry I tossed them into a skillet for a good sear on both sides.
When they are done take them out of the skillet and on a plate/container to be put into the fridge for chilling.
At dinner time spoon about three tablespoons of the puree into a small soup bowl, put some diced apple and chopped scallion on top, then add the shrimp and scallops. You can garnish with other items too, I used bell pepper rings, you can go with radish slices, maybe even a little sour cream.
When I make this dish again I am going to add more Jalapeno and Cayenne, to give it a bit more heat, probably double what I used here. The acid levels were good and the punch of the Cilantro was well-balanced by the apple and yellow Bell pepper. Maybe some Cayenne-infused sour cream on top…