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By ambrosen (Sat Jan 20, 2007 at 03:58:36 AM EST) Breakfast, pancakes (all tags)
See, I have this diet which involves not eating any bread. It's fine for breakfast: weekdays I have eggs, maybe bacon, and cereal, and weekends I often have pancakes. Trouble is: the pancakes can get rather dull, and the recipe I use requires four to each egg.

My question is, what do I eat them with?

I normally have them with sugar and lemon, English Shrove Tuesday style, or maple syrup and bacon, American style, but the former is boring, and the latter, I can't get the meat ratio low enough. Is it a problem with having bacon that's too thick and made from back bacon?

What else do people have? How do you make and eat a stack of pancakes? Should I give up trying to be a wannabe American?

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On Weekend Breakfasts | 27 comments (27 topical, 0 hidden)
Breakfast: by Metatone (2.00 / 0) #1 Sat Jan 20, 2007 at 04:12:13 AM EST
No bread? Is that wheat issues?

If so, then maybe you can have porridge for breakfast. Oat based life is really quite nice, once you get used to it.

Pancakes: eat with chocolate, preferably dark.
Or blueberries if you are healthily inclined.

Nice thinking on the blueberries. by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #7 Sat Jan 20, 2007 at 10:00:27 AM EST
I'll go for blackcurrants because I like the tang and have (access to) a freezer full of them. That's a definite solution.

As for oats, well, I tried it, and not only did it cause the gut symptoms I have problems with, but also it made all my joints ache. Honestly. So it's really bad for me.

Chocolate for breakfast: too rich, I'm afraid.

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sorry to hear the world of oats... by Metatone (2.00 / 0) #15 Sat Jan 20, 2007 at 01:20:16 PM EST
is denied to you.

There's no such thing as "too rich for breakfast," that's just psychological...  ;-)

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To be honest, by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #18 Sat Jan 20, 2007 at 02:20:54 PM EST
I still find it great to be able to fill my stomach and for it to work just fine so bread's the only food I find difficult to do without.

When I first started this diet, I went a fortnight on shakes made of sugar, fat and ('raw') amino acids. I was so happy to be nourished it didn't bother me.

That said, my nurse told me I was the first person they'd had who'd not broken the liquid diet.

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Yeah... by Metatone (2.00 / 0) #20 Sun Jan 21, 2007 at 12:50:01 AM EST
I obviously don't know what you've gone through, the only thing I can compare too is when I had some weird gall bladder problem. Most foods caused intense (couldn't even lie still, had to be moving around all the time) pain. When some drugs kicked in and I could actually eat some boiled rice it was like paradise.

So, from that little experience, I'll say, I know what you mean.

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Here's my favorite pancake variation: by toxicfur (4.00 / 1) #2 Sat Jan 20, 2007 at 04:20:26 AM EST
I cook fresh sausage, taken out of its casing, until it's crumbled and brown. Drain any extra oil, and in the same pan, pour your pancakes. As the bottom is cooking, sprinkle in the sausage, just as much as you want, so you can get the pancake:meat ratio correct. Flip pancake and cook until done. Repeat with the rest of your batter. If you have leftover sausage, throw it into a pasta sauce or something.
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Will do. by ambrosen (4.00 / 1) #8 Sat Jan 20, 2007 at 10:02:03 AM EST
I always have sausages available, too. It's looking like I need a smaller frying pan though. Mine's intermediate between crêpes and American pancakes in size.

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WIPO: by gzt (2.00 / 0) #3 Sat Jan 20, 2007 at 05:29:32 AM EST
biscuits and sausage gravy.

Some Canadian Pancake Options by Driusan (2.00 / 0) #4 Sat Jan 20, 2007 at 05:39:46 AM EST
  1. Wrap breakfast sausage in pancake (works best with smaller pancakes, called "piggies in a blanket" despite the fact that google seems to believe said phrase referrs to hot dogs in a croisant)
  2. Plain old maple syrup + butter.
  3. Whipped cream and fruit (strawberries work well)
  4. Jam
As you can see, there's an endless plethora of options. For anyone who can't count higher than 4, anyways.

Vive le Montréal libre.
Piggies in blanket. by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #9 Sat Jan 20, 2007 at 10:03:03 AM EST
I'll give that a try. And fruit. I'm thinking stewed apples might make sense.

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How about the SE Asia option? by komet (2.00 / 0) #5 Sat Jan 20, 2007 at 06:41:17 AM EST
I often have fried rice for breakfast, especially if I had rice for supper the day before. Then I just fry up the leftovers with whatever else is lying around - ham, bacon, egg, peas, beans, etc.

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Rice is my other two meals of the day. by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #10 Sat Jan 20, 2007 at 10:04:32 AM EST
What with me not really liking potatoes.

I normally do a (packed) risotto for lunch, then I can do something in multiple parts for dinner.

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I'd go for the East Asian option, too. by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #12 Sat Jan 20, 2007 at 10:06:07 AM EST
But I can't source any kimchi to improve the level of variation in my diet.

I really do think you have to be brought up to it, maybe even born with it, to survive solely on rice.

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I grew up on rice by komet (2.00 / 0) #14 Sat Jan 20, 2007 at 11:14:37 AM EST
and am capable of living off it exclusively, but I usually choose not to, so I can see how it would bore you.

I like my crêpes with minced beef and onions, or with pesto sauce. Perhaps that translates to pancakes?

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pancakes by alprazolam (2.00 / 0) #6 Sat Jan 20, 2007 at 09:08:57 AM EST
when i make them, i load them up with strawberries, blueberries, chopped nuts (pecans/almonds), or any other berry.

Definitely. by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #11 Sat Jan 20, 2007 at 10:04:56 AM EST
That's a plan.

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you miss the 'other' american style by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #13 Sat Jan 20, 2007 at 11:04:02 AM EST
peanut butter..

Granted, I'll occasionally put PB on waffles (since pancakes and waffles differ slightly by the amount of milk and oil in the batter, I consider them interchangeable)..

Be aware, one good waffle with peanut butter is a very hearty meal. Your stomach will be feeling it all day..

(Granted, I use butter first, the a layer of PB, and real maple syrup to fill in the crack.. So it's a doozy..)

waffles and pb by welkin (2.00 / 0) #16 Sat Jan 20, 2007 at 01:27:03 PM EST
This is especially good if you put fruit in the waffles themselves. Mmmmm.

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cheddar cheese? by welkin (2.00 / 0) #17 Sat Jan 20, 2007 at 01:37:47 PM EST
When I was in high school, my favourite after school snack was cheddar cheese folded in a pancake right out of the pan. I expect any sharp cheese would work well.

Other possibilities are fruit sauce and yogurt. Fruit sauce is very easy to make with frozen fruit - just heat it to boiling with a tiny bit of water and maybe some sugar/honey if it needs it. Once it's boiling, add corn starch mixed in a bit of cool water to thicken if you like. My mom used to make sauce with orange juice as well (same method).

Another favourite variation is to put chopped up apples, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger in the recipe. Sunflower seeds are a nice addition to this as well.

To get the meat ratio right, you could chop cooked bacon into small pieces and bake them right into the pancakes.

Of course, my love of pancakes may be genetic. My parents survived being starving students by eating pancakes all through university.

The area I work in by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #19 Sat Jan 20, 2007 at 02:28:54 PM EST
Has a local delicacy called a Staffordshire oatcake which is a pancake made with oats and rolled with cheese in the middle.

I've never had one, but Phage likes them. I must take some down to London for the next LHuSi drinks.

Fruit sauces are definitely on the menu though. I love spiced apples. In fact, given I can't eat bread, I often eat carbs by baking a sponge cake over spiced apples.

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Staffordshire oatcakes sound divine by welkin (2.00 / 0) #21 Sun Jan 21, 2007 at 10:45:05 AM EST
When I manage to get across the pond to do some travelling, I'll definitely have to try some.

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Cheeeese!!! by nebbish (2.00 / 0) #22 Mon Jan 22, 2007 at 03:37:15 AM EST
Nothing better than cheese crepes. Cheddar cheese and ham, or something blue like dolcelatte

It's political correctness gone mad!

I see your point by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #23 Mon Jan 22, 2007 at 03:40:03 AM EST
If cheese weren't off the menu, it'd definitely be on it, IYSWIM.

I've not tried the local delicacy either: Staffordshire oatcakes filled with grated cheese.

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Shame by nebbish (2.00 / 0) #24 Mon Jan 22, 2007 at 05:30:57 AM EST
Forgot what a problem dairy can be. I'm racking my brains for something else. Watch this space...

It's political correctness gone mad!

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Not to worry. by ambrosen (4.00 / 1) #25 Mon Jan 22, 2007 at 05:40:24 AM EST
I'm already bowled over by replies.

Part of my desire was for people to share and discuss, though, so I guess I filled that aim.

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Buckwheat pancakes, by crux (2.00 / 0) #26 Tue Jan 23, 2007 at 01:13:36 PM EST
whipped butter,
and honey.

OTOH, some of the comments indicate wheat & dairy are issues? I have vague recollections of some rather yummy rice-flour scones, but they were 3rd-hand and I've no idea of how they'd be made.

And there's nothing better than potato pancakes with applesauce & sour cream. (Damnit, there's the dairy again! Not essential, though; just applesauce is great).

When I was trying to live cheap, I'd sometimes make one gigantic inch-thick pan-bread and eat it with peanut butter.

Wheat's a no-no by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #27 Tue Jan 23, 2007 at 03:21:34 PM EST
But I am meant to be reintroducing dairy this week. I'll definitely try that if I can manage the dairy OK. Buckwheat's what I'm already making the pancakes from. It's actually the seed of a variety of spinach. I've tried rice scones but never made them thick enough.

Cheers for the many ideas.

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