Sunday, March 25, 2012

Sweet Day for Some Sweet Potato Pancakes

I haven't baked or blogged in over a week and that's only half of what's been going on.

After about 6 weeks of living in a scuzzy apartment with two grimy BC grads, I decided I couldn't take it another day, and I moved out of their frat pad and back into my Aunt and Uncle's wonderfully clean and cared for home. Today I woke up in my cousin's old bedroom feeling more refreshed and content that I have in weeks.

I've spent my day so far watching Project Runway and Mama Mia, while casually whipping up and consuming a batch of Sweet Potato Pancakes. As I'm writing, Dirty Dancing is just starting on TV and I can't even begin to express how wonderful I feel!

In a nutshell, I've traded this:

For this:


The pancakes were super easy to make! Moving out was a slightly different story — it might have been easier had my roommates not returned from the bars and blasted bad pop songs from 2-5 in the morning. It seems they thought they needed to do something to "get back at me" for wanting to move out. Maturity was lacking a bit.

Following the early morning tunes, I head a friend of the guys saying, "oh, I'm going to embarrass this girl." I kept on packing and waiting in my room for someone to come in naked or do something completely ridiculous.

Nothing happened and when I went to the bathroom to pack up my shower stuff, I found this:

Boxers on a towel rack... Totally embarrassing, dude. I feel so embarrassed for you. Anyone else thinking the same thing?

I packed up all of my belongings on Saturday, shared a few carafes of sangria with my Aunt and Uncle, and got a full night's sleep Saturday night. Now that I'm back in the 'burbs, my kitchen and bathroom are clean, I feel comfortable walking around barefoot, and you best believe I'm going to get back to baking up a storm!

To kick off my long-awaited baking spree, I thought it would be best to start with some food for my favorite meal, and made pancakes for breakfast. So easy to whip together, and so delicious. One bite, and all was good in the world again!

Sweet Potato Pancakes (recipe adapted from All Recipes to serve two):
Makes about 5 pancakes
  • 1/2 sweet potato
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Chop a large sweet potato in half and place in boiling water until tender but firm, about 15 minutes
  • Remove sweet potato halves from hot water and immediately immerse in cold water to loosen skins
  • Remove skins, chop, and mash one half of the potato (use the other half for regular sweet potatoes another time)
  • In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg
  • Mix mashed sweet potatoes, eggs, milk and butter in a separate medium bowl
  • Blend sweet potato mixture into the flour mixture to form a batter
  • Preheat a lightly greased griddle over medium-high heat
  • Drop batter mixture onto the prepared griddle by heaping tablespoonfuls, and cook until golden brown, turning once with a spatula when the surface begins to bubble.

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