We have had our first house guests. And the new house has passed with flying colours. There was room for all including two lively toddlers. The Little Paddler and her new BFF could race around to their hearts content and the adults had room to sprawl out. The weather was only breathtaking and the doors were constantly flung open with several visits out to feed the baby duckies (they are pretty big at this stage!) or visit the tunnel or just picking buttercups and daisies.
The weekend was idyllic and a good balm to my soul after the last few months. I love that lots of my friends are the sort that you can not see for ages and then simply pick up where you left off whenever you do catch up. They need to be because as my own brother will attest, I am not the world’s best at keeping in touch. But when these friends arrived, it was like it was only a couple of weeks ago since we had last sat down together.
Of course there was food. They are people after my own heart – and food is very important to them too. They brought a side of salmon and took over the kitchen Friday night. Those kinds of visitors are always welcome here. Saturday morning, Mr. Fairweather had long departed for the Ocean to City race but I thought I would whip up a favourite breakfast of his anyway. Pancakes. These ones are fluffy – more like drop scones than crepes. And they make excellent toddler snacks on the rare occasion that there are leftovers.
1 1/4 cups plain flour
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. baking powder
2 tbsp. veg oil
2 tbsp. water
1 cup milk
Mix it all together and ladle large tablespoons onto a hot frying pan. The mixture will puff and rise and you will see little bubbles start to appear on the surface. Flip them over then and allow to cook on the base.
I often add in some chopped fruit to make this more of a healthy option in my mind. So anything that’s just about to turn is usually perfect here. An over-ripe banana or two bruised pears – peeled and chopped up into small pieces can be mixed through the batter before ladling out. Personally I think the banana addition and then a good healthy layer or Nutella on it all served up with a pot of coffee is Sunday morning heaven.