Two holidays on the same day that both remind me of the women in my family.
Mardi Gras, or Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Tuesday to 8 year old HHH), is the one day of the year we can all count on breakfast for dinner, and in my family it was a (not figurative) money-filled breakfast. My mom would boil coins, and then cover them in wax paper, so we could continue the tradition of hunting for ‘treasure’ in our pancakes each year, secure in the knowledge that we wouldn’t end up with some sort of horrible infection.
By some sort of cosmic coincidence we are also celebrating the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. I come from a long line of strong, intelligent women. My mother, my sister, my aunts, my grandmothers and my great-grandmothers have all taught me, in different ways, what it means to be a woman with an inherent value.
My paternal grandmother passed away a few months ago at the age of 95. I’m thinking of her today, because she saw so much change in her own status, as a woman, over her life time. Heck, she was almost alive for the first Women’s Day and for the 100th anniversary. I miss her, but I feel her with me every time I do something she might not have been allowed to do at my age. Because that’s the point isn’t it? Hold the next generation on your shoulders so they feel the sun even warmer than you did. And feed them pancakes.
This recipe is extremely similar to the one in Skinny Bitch in the Kitch, with a few minor adjustments.
1&1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1&1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1&1/2 cups soy or almond milk (I used soy creamer with amazing results)
2 tablespoons safflower oil (or any other light oil) + a tablespoon or so for frying
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup + more for serving
1/2 tablespoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Whisk all ingredients together in a mixing bowl until well combined. There will likely be a few lumps, no need to completely destroy those.
Heat a non-stick pan or griddle on medium-low. Add roughly 1/4 cup of batter and cook until bubbles appear throughout the cake. Turn over and cook for another minute.
Remember when it was a big deal that a girl was leading a band full of boys. And especially that she was doing it with super strong abs? Non? Here’s your reminder of the awesomeness that was No Doubt.