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
1 ½ cups buttermilk
1 egg whole – beaten
1 ½ tbs good olive oil
For the Garnish:
1 oz semisweet chocolate (for grating)
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!