Monday, June 18, 2007

Dad's Day

Happy (belated) Father's Day to all of you dads out there! We began our day with Chocolate Chip Pancakes, using the Banana Bliss Pancakes recipe from Vive, but modifying replacing bananas with choco chips, and using barley flour instead of w/w pastry flour.

Our older daughter suggested the chocolate chip pancakes. She said "Dad loves chocolate best, so let's do chocolate chip pancakes". Hmmm, if that's the reasoning why didn't I get ice-cream for breakfast on mom's day?! :)

I decided to whip together a Warm Raspberry Sauce that will be in ED&BV. It is a fresh alternative to maple syrup for pancakes, and is equally delicious as a dessert sauce. It isn't overly sweet, but is sweet enough and bursting with that vibrant raspberry flavor.

For dinner, I made Spicoli Burgers, also for ED&BV. Hubby loves these, and when I asked what he'd like for dinner, he said either these or Chickpea Sensation Patties (on the Everyday Dish dvd and will also be in ED&BV). I hadn't worked with hemp seeds for a few weeks, so I was eager to make these. Funny, driving across town yesterday I saw a restaurant with a Father's Day banner advertising "Prime Rib Special". I laughed and said "hey hon, look we can take in the Father's Day prime rib deal... woo hoo!" While other dads were scarfing down ribs and steak yesterday, my man was asking for Spicoli Burgers. Love my guy!

Hope you all had a great day and great vegan food celebrating the dads in your lives!


3veggies said...

You are lucky to have a hubby like that! Some how I married a die hard meat eater. He has gotten a lot better, he only eats it if we go out. I don't care for fake meat but he really likes it and requests it for dinner, so hey maybe one day. Love the pancakes!!! My girls wanted that this morning. and well since it is the official first day of NO school....why not. hehe

maybepigscanfly said...

Sounds like you and the kids gave Dad a great Father's Day!

I have a question about the pancakes. Did you replace all of the flour with barley flour? Because I tried that once and they didn't seem to turn out- they never bubbled like they're supposed to, and they sort of tasted odd. I easily could have made another mistake (which I often do when measuring), but I just assumed it was the flour. Maybe I should have done more or less than the amount of whole wheat pastry called for. Thanks!


KleoPatra said...

Yum yum!! :o) Sounds like another fantastic day in your family. Very cool!!

Veg-a-Nut said...

Pancakes are so yummy! I can't wait for your new book. I ordered the DVD yesterday and will have to try your goodies right away.

shinyruby2 said...

omg dreena, the pancakes look SO good! love your spicoli burger loving man!

hehe : )

Dreena said...

3veggies, yes, I AM lucky. I'm the first to say it... for many reasons. With the diet, we made our changes together when we were first dating. Admittedly, I made most of the changes before he did, but once I started cooking for us, he was open to try the foods. Then, once he read some of the literature I read, he was willing to make the changes along with me. So, it was gradual for both of us... but, I'm still a lucky gal to have him. Keep working with the foods he likes. Use the faux meats to try out new sauces and casseroles, and then maybe do the same sauce/casserole using tofu or a legume like chickpeas. Eventually, I'm guessing he'll start enjoying the new foods.(fingers crossed for you anyhow!)

Hi Teresa, yes, I did replace the flour entirely with barley. I used a little more than 1 cup at first, but then later as the batter sat and thickened, I ended up adding extra milk to thin it out. I often use spelt in these pancakes, but I tried barley that day, and they tasted delicious. Is it possible that either your flour was a little old and had that rancid taste, or maybe your baking powder was old and so it didn't bubble? These worked really nicely, and I even had my daughter over at the pan showing her how the cakes would rise after flipping. She'd watch and say "cool, I saw it lift up!" Try it again sometime, with either spelt or barley. Use the full amount, and go scant on the milk to start and then add more if you need to thin. Good luck...!

Hiya Kleo, it was an awesome day... thanks!

Thanks Veg-A-Nut, and thanks for your support too. I think you'll find at least a couple of recipes on the dvd that you'll like... there's a little something for everyone on it I think.

Shinyruby, they are super easy pancakes to make too. Thanks... yeah, he's an 'awesome dude' going for the Spicoli Burgers. :)

Carrie™ said...

Your husband sounds like a sweetie. A sweetie with good taste! (after all, he married you didn't he?) Sounds like you had a very successful Father's Day.
Last night, Jim was working late and I just whipped up a couple of veggie burgers and oven fries. The picture on your blog has been haunting me for days now so I just HAD to have some. Now I'm happy.

Judy said...

Like Jeff Spicoli burgers? Wait, didn't he eat bagels from his pants? Does anyone else know what I am talking about? "Aloha Mr Hand"

Tropikiwi said...

Oh yum!
Ya gotta love chocolate.
And great for when bananas are dreadfully expensive here.

Anonymous said...

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