Monday, February 23, 2009

:: Eggs ::

I know I write a lot about Scotty's love of cooking. All I have to do is open a cupboard or turn on the oven/stove in the kitchen, and he's Johnny-on-the-spot, dragging over a chair and expressing his strong desire to contribute ("I do! I do it! Move!!").

Saturday morning "we" made pancakes. I've been making the pancake mix from scratch**. I'm pretty sure I've always used a fork to mix everything together, but for some reason on Saturday we used an electric hand mixer. Scotty was smitten.

He went and played in his playroom for awhile, and then came out to inform me that there was "a big mess in the kitchen". Oh, ah, yes son! Cooking is a big job ~ un bien gran trabajo, no? ~ and whoo-eeee, it sure does get messy!

Some time later I headed down the hall and found this.

Huh. That's....peculiar. Little wart! He had gotten my pancake mix out of the pantry and was pretending to make breakfast. How sweet!

And then I stepped into the playroom and found this.

Can't see it very well?

Here's a close up of the dozen eggs he had cracked open.

And here we see his 'batter'. Part of me is all, Hey, look! He used mix! And eggs! Just like we did this morning!

And of course part me is all, Hey, look, salmonella poisoning.

Oh, but don't worry! I cleaned it all up and hosed everything down.

Is it just me, or does he have a future with this?

** I used to use Krusteaz or Bisquick or whatever for pancake batter, but making pancakes and waffles from scratch is so cheap and easy that I always make them from scratch now. Recipes are readily available, but we settled in on this one and we love it:

These are the dry ingredients. I usually quadruple the amounts, mix it together really really really well (I stir it with a fork), and keep it in a jar in the pantry.

2 c flour
2 Tblsp sugar
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

When I'm ready to cook, I scoop out 2 cups of the mix and add the following:

2 eggs
2 cups milk
4 tablespoon vegetable oil

I have a griddle on my stove top (it's part of my kick-ass stove) and it'll cook 4 huge pancakes at a time. 2 c of mix plus wet ingredients makes about 12 huge, but thin, pancakes. I love the consistency of this recipe. It comes out a bit 'runny', which makes the cakes so easy to cook and so beautiful to look at. I am incapable of making a wee flapjack, but I think silver-dollar pancakes would be adorable and this batter would be perfect.


  1. You see..that is why you are a teacher. And I am not. You are so patient and see the "cuteness" in this scenario. I would have walked in the playroom, saw the egg/batter mess and would have proceeded to just fall to the floor and cry. Whilst asking "why me...why me?". That is why I love you so much!

  2. Ha! Do you remember the time I walked into his room and found he been playing with his own sh...uh...*feces* on his work bench? And the floor? And the wall? Yes, I laughed when I saw the eggs! It's all relative. :)

    And regarding time...I'm not up at 4 am to work out! And I love you.

  3. Ahh! Feces! An Operator-in-training. We have an opening at the wastewater treatment plant. Moose

  4. Well, that's good news, Moose, but you should know, before he submits his resume, that he prefers to work in the nude.