Last week my appetite finally came back and what my body mostly craved was fresh, green and unfussy food. I have said this many times before, for me to ever get to a point where I love cooking it needs to be easy and ideally without recipes. While I love drooling over other people’s recipe photos my eyes quickly glaze over at the long ingredient lists and instructions. Mind you. I do have a bit of strategic plan here because I would like to expand on my repertoire and the best way to do that is to, well, try more recipes. So I am thinking something along the lines of picking one or two favorite ones and learning them until I can cook them without the recipes.
Anyway. In the meantime, while recovering from the flu, I cook what I know. And last week that was pancakes. Super quick, super simple, very tasty. If you like eggy dishes you’ll love these. I grew up on egg pancakes, that’s why I still remember the recipe. My mom was a working single mother so I was often on my own when I came home from school, feeling hungry but having limited resources available because we didn’t have a lot of money and our food staples were very basic as a result. Having said that, my mom could make something out of nothing, she was an amazing cook. Wish I had paid more attention back then! But at least I knew how to make these pancakes and they required three staples that we always had in the house: eggs, flour and milk.
Savory German Pancakes
2 tbsp all purpose flour
2 tbsp whole milk
dash of salt
Generous amount of steamed spinach
2 tbsp crumbled goat’s feta cheese
sprinkling of chili flakes
salt & pepper to taste
Melt 1-2 tsp butter in a large frying pan over low to medium heat. Mix all the batter ingredients well until batter is smooth. Pour into frying pan and let set for a bit. When bottom of pancake is solid enough flip over. After a little bit flip over again until it looks slightly browned on both sides. Don’t overcook it.
In the meantime steam spinach, drain and season with salt & pepper. When done add to pancake and follow with feta and chili flakes. Cut off pieces to eat or roll up.
By the way - these are also very nice sweet! Just add a sprinkling of sugar or syrup and any fruit you like. In fact, when I cooked these for myself after school that’s often all I did: added a bit of sugar and rolled them up. Loved that.
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