Welcome to the ongoing saga of my family and our attempts to eat right, exercise, lose weight and still enjoy life, while also managing the care and treatment of injuries, chronic conditions, and cancer follow-up. Convinced that a healthy lifestyle and reasonable fitness level is attainable by even the most committed of workaholics, couch potatoes, and those with health issues, join us as we explore food and wellness choices, try to put new habits in place, and hold each other accountable along the way. Healthy food can taste delicious and wellness practices need not be burdensome. At least, that is our hope, especially as we share resources with others who are working to be well.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Two Recipes, One Success

This morning, my daughter tried a magazine recipe for cannoli pancakes at my request.  The batter tasted great, laced as it was with orange zest and ricotta cheese.  Unfortunately, the recipe lacked a leavening agent (e.g., baking powder or baking soda) so when Katherine the Great began to cook the pancakes, they browned up on the outside but remained soggy on the inside, not exactly characteristic of the perfect flapjack.  The batter is now in the refrigerator awaiting the addition of some baking powder to see it if will make a difference.

Fast forward to dinner.  My daughter decided to try Eggs Suzette.  This recipe was MUCH better than the pancakes, albeit a bit more time consuming give that the potatoes had to be baked first.  If you are unfamiliar with these (as I was), they are basically a baked potato (whose filling has been mixed with sour cream, bacon, and chives and added back to the potato skin) with an egg in the middle, topped with cheese, and baked until the egg is cooked and the cheese is melted.  Totally tasty!  Try them!  The recipe is in James Beard's American Cookery.  I, for one, will be serving these again.  Next time, though, I will probably prepare the potatoes the night before and add the egg for a quick breakfast.

Sorry for the lack of pictures with this post.  The pancakes were such a bust that I didn't think them worthy of a photo.  The potatoes, on the other hand, were so yummy they were eaten before I could reach for my camera.

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