Monday, November 1, 2010

Olive Oil Pancakes Encore

This blog went live on March 5, 2010.  It's so funny to me to go back and read some of those posts.  Cringe-worthy.  Oh, to be a blogging neophyte.  Everyone is so nice.  Everything is so rosy. Kiss kiss!

Then you learn about the comment game.  Come across more than a few hypocrites.  And realize that 90% of your "readers" do not actually read your posts.  Most just look at the pretty photos.  Literally obnoxious spammers that pose as commenters.

Case in point, my incredibly talented friend Natasha the 5 Star Foodie, just posted a well-written review of a 5 Star restaurant she recently had the misfortune of eating at.  Natasha's review was fair and honest.  It is hard being honest.  People don't do well with honesty, I FOR ONE KNOW!  So what did she get for being brave and putting the information out there? A comment that reads "A beautiful meal."  Really?!  Or how about "Sounds like a delicious meal!"  Excuse me?!  And lastly, "I am bookmarking this so when I'm in Philly."  Why?!  Because you like to eat at shitty restaurants?!  I mean the @#ckin' swordfish was described as "Gristly" in the review.

Look, I'm sorry, if you are gonna leave a comment on a blog, at the very least read the damn thing.  If not...just don't comment and move on.  Trust me, the world will be a better place for it.  So annoying.

I am in a blogging groove right now.  This is the happiest I've been in months.  I have now seen what "blogging" really entails.  So what does it "entail?"  Just cook your food and forget the noise.  Period!

Another one of my blogger BFF's Denise from Quickies on the Dinner Table posted some lovely Dark Chocolate and Pumpkin pancakes.  Nice!  So inspired by Denise I am bringing back an old post from March 31, 2010.  It's such a fantastic recipe.  I love these pancakes.  Here's the post from March 31, unedited.

Note:  This photo was taken way before I started shooting outside my crappy condo exclusively.  What a difference.  The lighting inside my condo is a giant mound of elephant crap. 


Pancakes are a favorite breakfast fare in the Lazaro Cooks! household. Sometimes it can get quite frightening the sheer volume of cakes we parachute down our gullets. Yes…I said olive oil pancakes…we will get there don’t you worry. By the way, chocolate is another nice accoutrement these babies pack.

Most pancakes are made with butter. Not these. For this recipe I use olive oil in the batter and olive oil on the griddle. Look, I of all people, have nothing against butter. On the contrary, I fancy it. When I go to the market I buy a 4-pack of butter even if I don’t need it. Occasionally when I’m bored I take the butter out the fridge and hug it. Is that strange?

In reality this is a variation of a Spanish recipe called ‘Tortillas de Aceite.’ Olive oil is a bit more diet-friendly, while offering a distinctly unique flavor. The rest of these poshed-up flapjacks are grated semisweet chocolate, edible flowers, blueberries, and…

I love maple syrup, maple, maple syrup. Mmm Mmm Mmm. Here it goes down, down into my belly…If you didn’t see Anchorman…sorry you’re not going to get it. Maple syrup, preferably from Vermont, is a breakfast staple and goes gloriously with these pancakes.

Plate these up this weekend for your significant other. Who knows you might just get lucky.

Olive Oil Pancakes with Chocolate

For the Batter:
4 oz chopped semisweet chocolate
1 ½ cups flour
2 tbs cane sugar
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
Sea salt
1 ½ cups buttermilk
1 egg whole – beaten
1 ½ tbs good olive oil

For the Garnish:
1 oz semisweet chocolate (for grating)
Maple syrup
Edible flowers

In a large bowl, add the flour, cane sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and a pinch of sea salt.

In the center pour the buttermilk. Then add the egg and the olive oil. Starting at the center, slowly whisk the ingredients together. DO NOT OVER MIX. It’s ok if you have some lumps. Stir in the chopped chocolate.

Grease the griddle with olive oil. If you don’t have a griddle, this is a very good one...Presto 07046 Tilt 'n Drain Big Griddle Cool-Touch Electric Griddle.  Watch the bottom of the pancake, when it’s nicely browned, turn it. Do not let it BURN...BURN NO GOOD!

Stack the pancakes on the center of the plate. Drizzle the maple syrup. Grate the chocolate over like softly falling snow. Arrange the edible flowers and the blueberries. Job done!

That’s it for now…till we exchange a few words again…Peace!


  1. Yum, lovely pancakes and I love that you used all that butter in the recipe!! And to serve them smothered in Aunt Jemima faux maple syrup--devine. O.K., just couldn't resist, Lazaro!!!!! I'm just back from Virginia, land of country ham, red eye gravy and buttermilk biscuits.

    I've had a number of commenters who obviously have not read my blog. I agree that it's o.k. not to read it. It's not o.k. to then comment!! For the most part, the "friends" who come around to visit, actually read it and remember it.


  2. I know exactly what you're talking about Lazaro. There are many hypocrites in the world. If you want to take the time to really support a fellow blogger, then read the actual post. If you don't have time or just can't, then don't leave a phony comment just to act like you give a crap. Thanks for the nostalgia... I hadn't seen this recipe when you originally posted it. Never tried olive oil in pancakes, but I can't see why not!

  3. Thank you, my friend, for writing this, and how I wish I had the guts to do that myself. I am at the moment forgetting about the comment game as I am very intrigued to find out that Forbes travel guide read my post though I wished that they actually left a comment especially the inspector that actually awarded the 5 stars to that restaurant.

    Hey, 5 Star Foodie Junior ordered the pancakes for tomorrow's breakfast :)

  4. I read your post from top to bottom and I have to say that you are so on the money. I have caught myself doing exactly that at times and I make a promise never to do it again...cross my heart. We take so much time to prepare our dishes and we should not take other posts for granted.

    Re: Pictures...I decided to be cool and do a part of my dining area in two shades of pumpkin and when I photograph my food I get an orange glow. I can't take my food on the 27th floor. This will lead me to learning more about photography or take my food into the crapper to photograph it.

    Oh, by the way...great pancakes.....

  5. uh oh, someone pissed someone off again :)
    olive oil is more healthy than butter. When I make it for myself and Keith, I will use olive oil. However, when I make it for guests, I tend to use butter for a buttery flavor and smell. I will have to make pancakes one of these days as it's been too long to not have pancakes for breakfast! or maybe dinner :)

  6. Hey, I was intrigued by the name and hopped over to see what this pancake is all about. They look scrumptious, no wonder your family loves it. Bookmarking this for a tryout.

  7. I READ ALL OF THIS, I PROMISE! And...I love olive oil in sweet concoctions. I have never had these before, but fougasse, which I am sure you have at least heard of, is made with sugar and olive oil. This sounds absolutely wonderful, with the chocolate? YIKES! HEAVEN ON EARTH! Thank you Lazaro for your honesty. I so love reading men's husband is as honest as you are and it is so refreshing. EAT UP!!! Anita

  8. Do you know, what really annoys me the most?
    The fact that some people only visit other Blogs if you actually went to their Blog and left a comment. Its like they are waiting " just round the corner" and as soon you live a comment on their Blog within the next 10 to 15 seconds you can find their comments on you Blog. Oh crap, I really hate complaining.
    Loved the idea of edible flowers to be served with the pancakes, makes it so much special ♥

  9. Olive oil is all I use in cooking except sometime canola, but olive oil rules! you are always dead on and this is another post that dictates that !

  10. I have always wanted to try making pancakes with olive oil...
    but the truth is I have not made them since my kids learned how to do it themselves, lol.
    By the way Adam (Truffle Shuffle) hugs his butter too, in fact I am pretty sure he would sleep with it under his pillow for safe keeping if he could :0
    Natasha's review was excellent, a shame about the experience :(

  11. Lazaro, you just make me smile. Just so you know, I not only read your posts entirely, but save your site for my evening read with a glass of wine. Pure entertainment. You speak my mind. Scary actually. If only I had even more time on my hands..... you'd get sick of me.
    So, as for your recipe... which should I try first, the chocolate pancakes or your version? hmmmmm what's a girl to do?

  12. It makes me laugh when you get those people who comment just so that you will comment on their posts, they never actually read anything and their comments stand out as completely irrelevant. If you don't want to read someone's post then don't comment..

    Lovely plating up by the way :)

  13. For some reason it doesn't bother me as much when people don't read my whole blog and comment, but it bothers the hell outta me to see people doing it on others' blogs. I just don't know why. I do know that I love your honesty and how you're not afraid to admit things. That's the way blogging should be. Say what you feel and blog about what you want. The comment game SUCKS! Comment because you have something to say people, not because you expect a comment in return...argh!!!!!!

    Believe it or not, I've actually never tried making pancakes before. Substituting olive oil for butter is a great idea. I recently tried roasting brussels sprouts with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and loved the way the olive oil made the brussels sprouts taste so buttery, but without the butter. I'm one that would hug my butter too if it wasn't so cold...teehee.

  14. Thanks for the shout out Laz :) Reading this post shows a different you - a happier, perhaps more naive blogger you. Nontheless, it was a very enjoyable read. I think this might have been one of the very first of your posts I ever commented on? I had no idea that we would be friends in the then not-so-distant-future. Is it silly that you ARE my friend, though we've never spoken, let alone met? I hope not!

    The blogosphere has been in such a whirl of late, regarding the comment game and even now, reading the comment thread here, new realisations come to me. I am in the habit of returning comments but now I see that even this can be read negatively. There are just so many blogs out there and certain blogs stick in my memory either because of the blogger or the content. So I never fail to visit these blogs. Others, because time is so short, tend to slip by the wayside, as they make less of an impression on me, though I am aware of them. When these bloggers comment on my blog, it's a reminder to me that I haven't visited them in a while, so , I visit them and very often, leave a comment. Now I realise some may possibly see such efforts in a different light. It really seems that you can do no right in this game. No matter - as you said, cook your best, post and block out the noise.

    I read that very same comment on Natasha's review and it struck me forcefully that my God, this person blatantly did not read Natasha's post!!! All the trouble she took to give a genuine and detailed review so future diners would be forewarned......

    Again.....cook, post, block out! Thank you, my friend for your wisdom and your cojones.

  15. It's funny you mention that about Natasha's post...I noticed the exact same thing when I read people's comments on it. Something similar happened on one of my recent posts (the cranberry jellies) the post I actually advised people not to make them and I still had people say they were going to make them. Completely frustrating. Anyway, thanks for posting this...I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks it! :) By the way, the pancakes look delicious, I'd love to try them with olive oil.

  16. I just want to say that I love the flavor of a good olive oil and I like the sound of chocolate and olive oil in pancakes. I also want to weigh in about commenting- I read your blog because I enjoy it and maybe sometimes I read and enjoy and don't have a ton to say about it but I want you to know that I was here so I like to leave a comment even if it is short just a short and sweet way of saying keep up the good job Lazaro:)

  17. If I made pancakes I would try this, but my husband is the official pancake maker and I don't think I'd be able to talk him out of butter in a million years! You crack me up - I don't think this photo is that bad! Do you actually take the plated food outside since the lighting inside your condo is elephant crap?

  18. Lazaro, you've brought up an interesting topic about whether people actually read blogs or just look at pictures.

    Before my blog went live, I researched everything I could about blogging. I found a wonderful source that I think you would enjoy reading. It's from Wandering Chopsticks and she has a series about "How to Start a Food Blog" that contains a section with excellent advice about courtesies and etiquette when leaving comments on blogs. She covers those readers who don't actually read the post but leave comments. I highly recommend it to new and seasoned bloggers alike.

    I've never used olive oil in pancakes, but it sounds like an excellent idea and one I'll try.

    There is a lot to learn about photographing food and I shutter when I look at my first attempts. Some of my blogging friends have been kind enough to share their secret tips including using natural light and I will always be grateful to them. One of the best things about blogging is the wonderful friends you make along the way.

  19. Lazaro, you make me laugh. Because I am a born devil's advocate... perhaps some people are trying to be nice and leave comments even if they don't have enough time that particular visit to do a good job at it... I know, I know, lame but perhaps heart in the right place? I don't have the time I did so can't do as much visiting as I'd like... stick with my favorites and try to write something... perhaps not always inspired??
    Love the pancakes, they make an olive oil crepe-like thing in France that's nummy... maybe has buckwheat in it...

  20. Wow, Lazaro, u got my attention again! I promised to chk this out after my classes but didn't expect to be greeted with this. LOL!

    I guess the comment thingy is just like real life. I used to be in the airline & a lot of friends are the "hi & bye" type. Sadly, many are not genuine. They may be hugging u & smiling at u, but back stabbing from the back.

    I'm just so fortunate to be surrounded by many good & sincere people. Many of my friends have known me since elementary sch & I treasure that kind of friendship.

    Oh, about the pancake. It's interesting to see u using olive oil which I've not tried. My son loves pancake & will certainly enjoy yours :)

  21. Lazaro you pointed a true fact of blogging!
    I noticed those hilarious comment on Natasha's blog and just laughed, yes it is not only an honest review of that restaurant but a net to catch some clever commenter who never bother to read the post. But the blog must go on among this comment game and in this journey we will definitely get more friends who read our post than those who didn't!
    As like me who always read your post honestly and love your recipes! Your olive oil pancake
    is too delicious and the garnish is gorgeous!

  22. I've definitely noticed that on others' blogs - thankfully commenters on my blog don't seem to be so superficial.
    But sometimes I'll read a post where the final product wasn't exactly the best, and they say they need to improve it a bit, and then people are saying stuff like, "I bet this was delicious!" Uhm, s/he just said it wasn't. o.O
    If you don't have the time to read the actual post, then you shouldn't have time to pretend you liked it. It's a rather simple concept that many have yet to grasp. I do often skim posts, not because they're not interesting but because I have a terrible attention span, but if I feel like commenting on the photos or the recipe or just the food in general then I'm going to actually read the post.

    I missed this recipe the first time you posted it (I'm not sure I knew of your blog in March!) but it looks wonderful - olive oil has a rather sweet, fruity flavor that goes surprisingly well with chocolate! I've yet to have EVOO + chocolate + maple syrup, though...
    I don't think your writing style has changed too much. (You never talk about hugging butter anymore, though! It's a shame, because that made me laugh. ;) )

  23. The pancakes look delicious! My favorite are whole wheat pancakes eaten with strawberry jam.

  24. Ha! Your rant cracks me up, Lazaro. :-) People sure are funny sometimes, eh? :-) I love the idea of your olive oil pancakes. I make my mashed potatoes with olive oil and they're fabulous!! I will have to try these soon. :-)

  25. Despite the giant mound of elephant crap lighting, I love the looks of those olive oil pancakes look amazing.

    I agree with your points totally about people that have fly by comments, it is annoying but on one hand I suspect its because they feel obligated to write something, its that reciprocity thing, which should not be there but it is. My sense on the comments I've gotten like that is that they skimmed the article, focused on the photos and came to their own conclusion. Now if Natasha had only drawn a line through her photos they might have gotten the point. =)

    Love the true voice of this blog that rings through loud and clear.

  26. I like talking about food as much as I like looking at it. Most people don't even comment on my blog, but apparently quite a few look at it and take recipes I see. I don't really pay it much mind, I love what I do and if other people like it, that's cool. If not, then they shouldn't bother.

    I'm glad you are in your groove with blogging, I'm just now trying to find it. Recently I had a death in the family, and many other unfortunate happenings. It sets you back and keeps you distant for sure. But I love the work you do, and olive oil in pancakes rocks!

    Mostly because I remember learning about fat options- in say a pie crust, oil makes it flatter but flakier, but in pancakes, I suspect it coats the strings rising upward-if that makes scientific sense. So I want to try these- I've never really used olive oil in sweet things, where it's flavor could be more pronounced. But I want to try it!

    And I also hug my butter, so I don't think it's strange at all!

  27. Now I want pancakes! Wish hubby loved them as much as I do. I love olive oil in them as well, but never, cannot believe I just said that, but never made chocolate ones...on the list! Thanks!

  28. Wow, golly gee, those pancakes sure look delicious Lazaro (gush) YOu are SO talented (a$$ki$$) Do you use butter in those to make them taste so good?! Hahah, just kidding, you are cracking me up lately going OFF on your posts. Good for you, saying what I think most of the time!

    I don't get as many comments as you but at least the ones that do are snarky, funny and read my posts! So, I've not had the pleasure! I'm glad you have some REAL commenters and genuine readers too.

    Finally, I am an admitted lurker. Sometimes if I don't have time to read an entire post, I'll leave it up and come back to comment...or not.

  29. OMG I knew you would mention Natasha it, when I comment on other blogs I usually skim read other comments, and I was kinda freaked out, WTF? In how many more words could she have complained about the food?? I have many commenters like that, well mainly because I feature Texas/Mexican food and I know they really do not like the recipe featured if I get a wow, yummy, ooh...oh well if they visit me, I try to visit them, but it's retarded, I have my favs and sometimes time still does not allow me enough time, perfect pancakes, i bet the olive oil gives great flavor and chocolate well you can never have enough chocolate, I loved the last pic in Denise's post with Joeseph...As Always your use of edible flowers is perfect,

  30. I remember way back in spring...i had posted sth about nature walk and had a picture of a squirrel. the comment was - wow that wld be nice to try yum!!
    I am not sure if it is about not wanting to read or losing the faculty as Carr puts it in "What the internet is doing to our brains"...scanning & skimming...we have forgoten to read and reflect. This will not included readers you will call a nature walk with a squirrel pix yum!! makes me laugh!!

    Well now about the olive oil...have to try pancakes with olive oil...will have to see if this will be kid -friendly. Want to switch to olive oil for good...but always wonder if it is a good oil in an Indian kitchen..Maybe can try it with pancakes...c how the family reacts :)

  31. One more thing : i always look for vegetarian recipes on your blog...!! so thanks for the pancakes :)

  32. Image of hugging butter makes me smile... and I agree with your view of spammy commenters. Either comment or don't, but don't half-ass it.


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