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Good morning all! It’s Sunday. Yup, Sunday.  I love this lazy day.  It used to be all about sleeping in, then laying in bed forever. Getting up and putting on my slippers and a snuggly housecoat and pad into the kitchen to make coffee and pancakes.  Not much has changed, except now we don’t sleep in, but we do bring our Little Pea into the big bed to play for a while in the morning. And, pancakes are always still on the menu!

I can’t believe I haven’t shared this recipe with you.  It is embarrassingly simple, but it is the classic go-to you must know.  My Mom has made these pancakes for decades. I remember, I used to be very proud that I ate them the way my Dad did. A double decker with butter and syrup.  My Mom and Dad were so cool. I hope LP thinks we are cool, too.  If I make her pancakes every weekend, I think I can count on it – for a few of her younger years, anyways!

Mr F is working all weekend, so I made some pancakes for myself.  I must. eat. pancakes. on. Sunday.  This is what LP was doing when I was cooking in the kitchen with the door closed. Hahaha!

Classic Pancakes – recipe by my mama and memorized by every member of my family

1 egg

1/4 cup oil

1 cup milk

1 cup flour

2 tsp baking powder

2 tbsp sugar (optional) – I always put syrup, so no need to sweeten the cakes

Start by lightly whisking the egg.  Add the oil and whisk a little more.  Whisk in the milk. Next dump in the flour and baking powder and you guessed it – whisk.  Once incorporated, set aside and get that pan warmed on medium.  If you have a non-stick pan, no butter or oil needed.  If you have stainless steel pans like me, I like to melt a little butter to fry them in.  The edges get a little crispy that way and they won’t stick.

Stack’em how you like’em and top with whatever floats your boat. Since these are classic, I reccommend butter and syrup. Oh and by the way, I’ve made these with whole wheat flour, with buckwheat flour, I’ve added chocolate chips, bananas and topped with anything from strawberries and whipped cream to blueberries and maple syrup.  Go nuts!


This one is a real show stopper!  It comes from my fave Canadian cook – Ricardo Larrrivee, again.  When I say exquisite, I really mean it.  It’s not one of those thrown together jobs.  Not that those aren’t good, come on, I love pizza.  This one is just wow!  Plus it makes you look like you know what you’re doing in the kitchen, but it’s all pretty easy.  I must warn you, like most of Ricardo’s recipes, we’ll be getting a few pots dirty and there are a few steps, but when this baby comes together you won’t be looking at the kitchen sink.  Trust me.

My respect and love for brunch has been brewing over the years of my life.  When I was young, my mom would yell down the stairwell, to us kids watching cartoons, “Anyone want an egger?”  Ah….yeah!  A fried egg, a slice of back bacon and a cheese slice sandwiched between an english muffin.  Sound familiar?  We didn’t have a MacDonald’s in my small town in Saskatchewan, so my mom would be creative.

Now that I am older I go attend Brunch.  My friend Shannon, aka Sibs, began holding brunches on Sunday mornings.  That was the only day we had off from training and people wanted to just relax, hangout for hours and eat some great food.  We dubbed ourselves “the brunchers” and had a solid group going that would show every Sunday.  THis is where the “respect” part comes in.  There are rules – no bringing random dates, one must bring something even if you are hungover, mamosa’s count, juice doesn’t, you can’t opt out if you are in town or you get booted, etc.  We’re so mean  official.  We even did some themed brunches:  Christmas, Olympics send-off, well you get the idea. 

After a while the same old stuff was getting boring.  That is where this pizza comes in.  Thank you Ricardo!  I had people requesting this every weekend.  Not only does it look good, it tastes rich and delicious. 

Last weekend I attended one of my last Brunches (it deserves a capital letter I think!) before I am off to the Netherlands for 4 years.  I am excited to share new recipes with all you food lovas out there.  I’ll probably be cookin’ all things Canadian once I get home sick, though.  It may be a while until my next post, but I might sneak one in while visiting my mom and dad.  They have some good ones that I should really let you in on…

Quilt Breakfast Pizza – adapted from Ricardo Larrivee

400 g box of puff pastry dough

1 big onion, thinly sliced

200 g Black Forest ham, chopped

0.5 cup sour cream

1/4 cup hot mustard (Dijon or grainy is good)

2 bunches of asparagus (try to get them thin.  you can get both green or one green and one white)

6 eggs

salt and pepper

Line a 12×17 pan with parchement paper.  I invested in parchement paper on the advice of my friend Andrea and I will forever be using it now.  If you are not sure – just buy it, you will love it! 

Roll out the puff pastry on a floured surface.  There will probably be 2 squares.  Do not separate them and roll them out together.  They will merge and make a large sheet.  Roll it out until it is a bit larger than the pan.  Transfer it to the pan and fold over the edges to make a crust.

For the “sauce,” saute up the onion in some oil.  When they are translucent and slightly browned, in a medium bowl, mix the onion, chopped ham, sour cream, mustard and salt and pepper.  Spread on the pastry with a spatula.

Put a large pot of salted water on to boil.  We are going to blanch the asparagus.  Trim the woody ends off and try to make them all the same length.  Drop into the boiling water for a few minute.  I just wait until they turn a very brilliant green.  Remove and cover with cold water to stop the cooking process.  No one wants brown asparagus!

Preheat oven to 400 degrees farenheit.

Now, do some math…don’t worry it’s easy!  Separate the asparagus in to 6 groups.  Now lay them in alternating ways on the pastry.  I like to point the tips out.  It’s a little hard to explain so just check out the pics for a map of how to lay them out. 

Place in the oven for 25 minute, remove and crack one egg on each “square” of the quilt and then return to the oven for 10 minutes.  This will leave the eggs runny.  If you are into harder eggs (like me) just subtract 5 minutes from the first part and add it to the second.  Whoa – more math!  In other words – 20 minutes – crack eggs – 15 minutes.


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