Out with the Old

I’m trying to convince the husband to sell the house so we can move into a retirement community.

I already live the life of an old person.

I’m in bed by 9 PM.

I get confused by the internets.

I’m not entirely sure how to operate a smart phone.

I constantly talk about the weather.

“Sure is cold out there.”

“Sure is.”

“Yup.”

“Yup.”

And sometimes I wish I had the ability to be able to take my teeth out and just soak ‘em instead of having to go through the exhausting routine of brushing and flossing.

Old people embrace simplicity.

And that makes them awesome.

Now that the craziness of the holidays is over,

I have an overwhelming urge to enjoy life’s simple pleasures.

And like every old person I know,

that includes a wholesome breakfast with a side of grapefruit.

Grapefruit is making a comeback on the culinary scene and I have encountered a bazillion recipes for broiled grapefruit.

If you haven’t heard of it or tried it, all you need to know is that you put grapefruit halves sprinkled with sweetener under the broiler for a few minutes until the edges start to char and the flesh begins to caramelize.

It’s not your granny’s grapefruit.

The recent heat wave (40 degrees!) had me craving some citrus but the oven was already occupied with my weekly roasted vegetable round-up.

The grill pan I got for Christmas was sitting on the stove.

Hmmm.

Grapefruit?

Grilled?

Is this an early sign of dementia?

It was actually a stroke.

A stroke of genius, that is.

GRILLED GRAPEFRUIT

Ok.

If you need a recipe for grilling than you have bigger problems than my desire to wear dentures.

But just in case you can’t figure out how to ask your iPhone  for directions, I’ll provide them.

I’ll also use large print in case you left your reading glasses in the other room.

1. HEAT GRILL PAN.

2. Cut grapefruit in half.

3. Place grapefruit cut side down on grill pan.

4. Cook 4-6 minutes or until you get those awesome grill marks.

Those pancakes you see?

They’re vegan!

And healthy!

But I’m still trying to perfect the recipe.

If baking is a science, vegan baking is nuclear science.

I tried two different recipes and both are tasty but they are not your traditional pancakes.

They are slightly dense and a little chewy thanks to a combination of whole wheat and buckwheat flours

but they’re also hearty and filling.

Plus they have fiber which old people love.

WHOLE GRAIN  VEGAN PANCAKES

Experiment #1

2 cups soy milk + 2 tsp cider vinegar

4 oz.( about 1/2 cup)  natural applesauce

1 tablespoon canola oil

1 tablespoon turbinado sugar

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup buckwheat flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

Combine soy milk and vinegar and allow to curdle (about five minutes). Add applesauce, oil, and sugar. In a large bowl, combine whole wheat flour, buckwheat flour, baking powder and salt. Pour soy milk mixture into flour mixture and stir just to combine. Pour 1/4 cup batter onto hot griddle. Flip pancakes when edges are set and top starts to bubble.

Makes about 12 pancakes.

Peanut butter and blackberry pancakes with a drizzle of maple syrup

I also tried a buckwheat version that doesn’t use oil or sugar.

Buckwheat is a great addition to a vegan diet because it’s an easily digested protein and contains eight essential amino acids (you know, the stuff that builds muscles). It also contains B vitamins and may lower blood pressure and reduce cholesterol (source).

Vegan Buckwheat Pancakes

Experiment #2

1 cup soy milk + 1 teaspoon cider vinegar.

1/2 cup applesauce

1 cup buckwheat flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

Combine soy milk and cider vinegar and allow to curdle. Add applesauce and mix thoroughly. In a medium-sized bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.  Add soy milk mixture and stir just to combine. Pour 1/4 batter onto hot griddle. Flip when edges are set and top begins to bubble.

Makes about 8 pancakes.

Lots of leavening = lots of holes. Not the perfect pancake but a tasty attempt!

Try the pancakes if you’re still sticking to your New Year’s Resolution and want a fun and healthy way to enjoy pancakes any day of the week.

Definitely try the grilled grapefruit.

Because you should respect you elders.

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4 thoughts on “Out with the Old

  1. Mmmm….I just bought my first grapefruits of the season…have only had one so far and it was great…perhaps the other two might meet with a grill pan? I’m with you, old people have it made…especially that whole retirement from working thing. I could go for that.

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