Summer?

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God syttende mai, Norwegians! Could not have received a better hand when it comes to weather.

Today for the first time in ages, when I opened the window (because the sun beating in was too hot), cold air did not come blasting in – as it does most of the year. Could it be that summer is here?

For some unknown reason I made pancakes today. I don’t like pancakes particularly but I felt suddenly very… American and made a few very American-style pancakes.

Summer” – Magic Kids

Breakfast for dinner & vanilla syruppy lattes

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Cooking for friends, I decided to serve big platters of breakfast for dinner. I made piles of bacon – made crisp in the oven – and fluffy piles of scrambled eggs. To make the whole thing truly American, I made pancakes. It’s a rare occasion – and I really only do it American style – no super-thin crêpe-style pancakes here.

The recipe I used for American pancakes:
1 1/2 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 ¼ cup milk
1 egg
3 tablespoons melted butter

Whisk dry ingredients together, whisk in the milk until a lumpy batter forms. Add the egg, mix. Melt and add the 3 tablespoons of butter.

Meanwhile heat a griddle or frying pan over medium-high heat and add a small pat of butter for cooking.

Use ¼ cup for each pancake (makes 8 to 10 pancakes). Cook on each side – on the first one, when the top starts to bubble, you will know it’s about time to turn it over. Cook the opposite side and remove to plates. Serve warm with real maple syrup.

Then I decided to make vanilla lattes. I had no vanilla syrup but decided to make some. It’s fairly simple.

Vanilla syrup (for coffee drinks, for example)
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla (preferably clear but any vanilla will do)

Heat the water and sugar on the stove on medium heat while constantly stirring. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Add the vanilla. When well-mixed, pour the final product into a bottle. It will probably keep for weeks or even months without being refrigerated. I did not have a good storage bottle so had to use an empty Grey Goose vodka bottle!

Vanilla-flavored simple syrup for coffee drinks

Vanilla-flavored simple syrup for coffee drinks

Then I made happy little vanilla lattes!

Makeshift vanilla latte magnificence

Makeshift vanilla latte magnificence

Wine in the morning
And some breakfast at night.
Well I’m beginning to see the light.