Snow Day: Egg Nog Pancakes

Wow! I’ve posted a lot recently. Yesterday we got a lot of snow, around 10 inches where I live. Whenever we had snow days as a kid, my mom would often make us a fancy breakfast. I decided to make pancakes for brunch. What can I say? I’ve been on a pancake kick recently.

Before the storm hit I got some almond nog from Trader Joe’s. It’s really good. Egg Nog pancakes seemed festive enough for a snowy December morning, so I decided to alter the Perfect Pancake Recipe from Vegan with a Vengeance.

Egg Nog Pancakes

  • 1 1/4 Cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tap nutmeg
  • Pinch cloves
  • 2 TBSP canola oil
  • 1/3 Cup water
  • 1 Cup vegan egg nog
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 TBSP maple syrup (plus extra for serving)

In a large bowl sift together dry ingredients. In a separate bowl whisk together wet ingredients. Add the dry to the wet and mix until combined, being careful not to over mix.

Lightly grease a non-stick skillet and place on medium or low heat (depending on how your stove works). Pour pancake mix onto skillet to make desired size pancakes. Cook until bubbles form on pancakes, then flip and cook until lightly brown. Remove pancakes and repeat until you use all your batter. You might need to add a light layer of cooking spray to the pan between batches of pancakes.

Enjoy!

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White Duck Taco: Greenville, SC

Before going to the concert we needed a nice meal. Tacos are always a great option. My special person and I love trying different taco shops. White Duck Taco started in Asheville, NC, but recently opened up shop in Greenville, SC as well.

I ordered 2 banh mi tacos and a peach sangria. The peach sangria was a nice drink; though, like most sangrias, it would have been nicer in the summer. The banh me tacos were a bit of a disappointment. The tofu was raw. It had an amazing sauce and the other aspects of the taco were wonderful. However, one of the thinks I love about banh mis the the contrast of warm substance with cool condiments (okay, maybe I’m odd).

After getting tacos we decided to pop into the brewery next door: Birds Fly South Ale Project. I ordered a pint of their coffee stout. It was really good. Maybe we should have just stopped the tacos and had beer for dinner…

Swad Indian Cuisine: Greenville, SC

I finally got to take a small vacation! My special person wanted to go to a concert in Greenville, SC, so we took a couple of days off to to. We were surprised at all the amazing food options in the area.

Our first night we looked up reviews and decided to try Swad Indian food. It’s a vegetarian restaurant with plenty of vegan options. It was so good we ate there again!

The first time we ordered an appetizer and entrees off the main menu. The appetizer was one of the best bits of food I’ve eaten in a long time. Our appetizer was lentils, fried noodles, and potatoes on a cracker.The entree (baked eggplant didn’t disappoint either).

The second trip we each order the Thali. I got the vegan option (which was really mainly the same, I just got a crispy lentil cracker instead of yogurt sauce. I actually preferred that!). We also ordered the sweet bread dessert. It was so good.

If you’re ever in Greenville, SC I HIGHLY recommend this place.

Biscuit Head: Greenville, SC

I love breakfast and brunch. One of the things I haven’t eaten since becoming vegan is a biscuit. This is strange, in part because I’m Southern and a biscuit covered with jam was one of my favorite breakfasts to grab before going vegan. A quick google search for vegan breakfast Greenville popped up with Biscuit Head.

I learned a lot at biscuit head. Including, that Cat Head Biscuits are slang for biscuits the size of a cat head (the restaurant is covered with cat stuff and the table numbers are adorable pictures of cats). Biscuit Head is another restaurant that started out in Asheville, NC and ended up expanding to Greenville.

Anyways, they have a biscuit offering that is vegan and gluten free. I’m not gluten free, but it was my option. It wasn’t as fluffy or traditional as a normal biscuit, but the vegan/gluten free biscuit was still tasty and reminded of one of the foods I’ve missed most.

One of the most magical thing about Biscuit Head is the jam bar (which included vegan butter as one of the offerings). I sampled a lot of jams on the jam bar (because it’s what I do best). My favorite was the Bananas Foster Jam (it was good enough I purchased a jar to bring home!).

Another magical thing about Biscuit Head is that they have vegan gravy options. My partner ordered one of those: coconut sweet potato gravy. I’ve never been a fan of biscuits and gravy. I was strictly a jam girl; however, the sweet potato coconut gravy was so amazing it converted me. I would eat that gravy on anything!

Kale Buds

My parents are sometimes pretty cool. They went to a local pop-up farmer’s market and surprised me with some kale buds. I had never seen them before or cooked with them. I looked online for some guidance.

The first blog I clicked on suggested parboiling the kale and sautéing with garlic. I’m always down for greens and garlic. So, I decided it was a reasonable option.

I parboiled the kale buds until the purple stems started to turn paler/green. Then I transferred the kale to colander and rinsed under cold water. I sautéed with 5 cloves of garlic (I love garlic and more might have been nice). At the end I added red pepper flakes, freshly ground black pepper, and a bit of balsamic vinegar.

The kale was nice and tender and tasted really good. This was an adventure that worked on the first try!

Maple Peanut Butter Pancakes.

Hello everyone! Things have been really crazy recently and I haven’t had much time to cook or blog. However, I was lucky enough to get a weekend off! I basically relaxed, but this morning I decided to make brunch.

Brunch is one of my favorite meals. Any excuse to eat breakfast later in the day is fine with me. My favorite brunch foods are sweeter (What can I say? I have a sweet tooth). Instead of experimenting I decided to turn to a cookbook. I used the Maple Peanut Butter Pancake Recipe from Kristy Turner’s But my Family Would Never Eat Vegan. I did use the all purpose flour variation because we’re lucky enough to not have any kind of gluten allergies.

The pancakes were easy to cook. They were nice and fluffy and they tasted great. Of course, maple syrup and peanut butter are two of my favorite foods, so it’s not like it’s possible for me to dislike the recipe.

I’ve had the cookbook for a while and for some reason I haven’t cooked much out of it. Making the pancakes makes me think I need go get cooking again, and soon!

Grilled Cheese

Before going vegan I never really ate grilled cheese sandwiches. I remember eating them as a kid. As an adult I only ate “fancy” grilled cheese sandwiches (think jazzed up with mushrooms and onion jam). However, I’ve found vegan cheese makes amazing grilled cheese sandwiches.

Autumn finally arrived in North Carolina and I’ve been enjoying grilled cheese sandwiches as an easy meal. I usually use Follow Your Heart Cheese. Sometimes I jazz them up with garlic mushrooms or sauteed spinach. Sometimes I just eat them plain. But I’ve found new enjoyment in a food I used to not enjoy.