Do you know what today is? That's right, it's PANCAKE Day! My mom always made Pancake Day super exciting in our house. Not only did we get to eat pancakes, but we found hidden treasures in them. Yup! No joke, my mom placed objects in the pancakes that would foresee the future. I always thought that this was common practice, but when I looked it up on the internet I found out that this was a Newfoundland Tradition and so I decided to share it with you today.
· Money – You will be prosperous
· Toothpick/Straw – You will be good at growing things ie Farmer
· String – You will be or marry a Fisherman
· Safety Pin – You will have a baby
· Key – You will be a store owner
· Nail – You will be good at fixing things ie Carpenter
· Ring – You will get married
· Button – You will be a seamstress
I remember going in the kitchen and the wonderful smell of pancakes cooking on the griddle, with a small pot of boiling water (to sterilize) beside it filled with our treasures. A treasure was carefully placed in each pancake and we couldn't wait to dig in. Mom kept track of the pancakes to make sure that neither of us received more than the other.
Dinner time would come and we would all sit excitedly at the table. The whole concept of eating slow quickly went out the window. The faster we could eat, the faster we could dig into the next pancake. Oh, the memories.
So, if you are thinking about having pancakes this coming Tuesday, why not think about making it into a family tradition of your own.
To get you started, here is a simple, easy and healthy pancake recipe that tastes yummy too.
· 2Cups brown rice flour
· 1 tbsp aluminum free baking powder
· 1 tsp baking soda
· 2 tsp coconut sugar
· ¼ Cup Olive oil
· 2 Cups of your favorite dairy substitute (almond, flax)
· 2 eggs
Mix all the wet ingredients together and slowly add the dry. Heat up a griddle or your favorite pan with some butter and add ¼ cup of the mixture. If you are going to add objects to the pancake, let the pancake cook a little on one side and then add it.
If you are looking for a higher protein pancake, this is another great gluten free option though not dairy free:
· 1/2 cup oats
· 1/2 Cup cottage cheese
· 1 tablespoon Olive oil (or coconut oil if you prefer)
· 1 teaspoon vanilla
· 2 eggs
· cinnamon, nutmeg (1-2 teaspoons depending on your preference
Place everything in a blender, blend and start making your pancakes. The batter tends to be a little runny.
Note: If you add objects to the pancake, make sure your children dig through and remove all objects before starting to eat. I recommend that you sit at the table with you children to supervise and watch the fun.