I have had quite a lucky streak lately. First of all, yesterday I noticed someone found my blog by googling “she cooks wearing only an apron.” After a good laugh, I thought, “Hm, I haven’t been wearing my aprons lately. Maybe I should…” I decided to wear an apron I haven’t worn since my Christmas party. I felt something in the pocket…
A twenty dollar bill!!! I can’t even imagine why I’d put cash in my apron pocket. I hardly ever even use cash, and I certainly wasn’t wearing my apron out and about on a shopping trip. Curious. I decided the $20 would go towards my spending money for an upcoming trip.
This trip happens to be *almost* beyond my means, but I’m doing whatever I can to scrounge up the last few bucks. So, I was very disappointed when my car needed a part replaced. And then it turned out to be two parts. And then somehow three. And it cost more than twice as much as I planned. The good news is the mechanic threw in the third item for no charge. The bad news…he initially thought the car should last me another year, but in the end told me I should really just try to get another vehicle as soon as I can. But…I just saved up for this trip….
So I got to work today, and there was an envelope on my desk. “Auto Fund” it said. A very generous, and anonymous (sneaky, and wonderful), person decided to help with my down payment. I have the most thoughtful church family ever, IN THE WORLD. What can I say? Not enough.
On the other hand, I tried this pancake recipe over the weekend. 4 1/2 out of 5 star average rating from 5,616 reviews. And guess what? It was not good. I should’ve listened to the 1-star reviews. I tried following people’s tips, adding vanilla and a bit more sugar, and even some cinnamon…but there was just too much baking soda, and it gave the pancakes a horrible aftertaste. I deleted all my pictures in frustration.
Then last night…
I decided to try my own recipe. And it worked. Luck was on my side again.
I used 1 1/2 C teff, 2 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp salt, 2 Tbsp sugar, about 1 Tbsp cocoa powder, a little cinnamon and a bit of allspice.
You can’t really see it, but I drizzled them with carob syrup. Then I remembered something else…this is a fast-free week in preparation for (Orthodox) Lent! I should make it special. I added a few tablespoons of sweet Marsala wine. Amazing.
Tonight I made the leftovers, but in place of the Marsala I decided to make a strawberry vodka sauce.
P.S. To make this recipe perfectly Lenten for an oil-free day, omit the margarine and booze. Top with plain strawberry sauce, or maple syrup, or powdered sugar, or brown sugar, or with vegan chocolate chips melted in between, or a combination of these things, or just eat them plain!