fluffy matilda pancakes.

my world was forever changed by the movie matilda

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i love that movie for so many reasons, but the breakfast scene really takes the pancake for me and is forever engrained in my mind. 

that tiny lady making the fluffiest pancakes all by herself - those sunny kitchen vibes - and that song by rusted root - it all just makes me SO happy. 

i always aspire to make pancakes as fluffy as matilda's. this recipe is based on my great grandpa's classic pancakes, but i amped it up a little to make 'em extra fluffy & puffy so i can be more like my girl 'tildy. 

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the chunky blueberry sauce is inspired by the most delicious pancakes in the whole world that you can find at bubby's in new york city. the james beard pancakes with blueberry! so thick and fluffy and delicious and the warm blueberry sauce is perfect. i mean, if yer gunna spend $21+ on pancakes, better make em damn gooooooood. 

apparently i am quite impressionable when it comes to pancake lifestyles. lol. 

thanks matilda & bubby for the excellent collab of pancake inspiration thangz.

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Fluffy Matilda Pancakes

Makes about 10 medium-sized pancakes

Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup + 2 TB all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 TB granulated sugar
  • 1 TB + 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • dash of cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 egg white, beaten until firm

Chunky Blueberry Sauce:

  • 2 tsp. coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 TB. brown sugar

Instructions-

Heat a skillet, pan or griddle on medium/high heat. Add a thin pat of butter to grease the pan or spray with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, combine the dry ingredients for the pancake batter. Add the milk. In a separate, small bowl, separate the egg white into the small bowl and drop the egg yolk into the dry ingredients + milk and stir until combined. 

Whisk the egg white until firm and fluffy (a few minutes). I use an old tymey manual egg beater. Gently fold the fluffy egg whites into the pancake batter until incorporated. 

Keep the pan or skillet at a steady medium heat when cooking the pancakes. Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup or a large spoon to scoop pancake batter onto the pan in 3-4 inch circles. I usually do 4 pancakes at a time or however many will fit on the pan with room to cook without running into each other. 

When the bubbles on the pancakes begin to pop, gently turn with a spatula and cook the other side for a couple minutes. Serve immediately with your favorite toppings! :)

To make the blueberry sauce: Add coconut oil to a small sauce pan to melt on medium/low heat. Add the fresh blueberries and brown sugar and mash gently (I use a potato masher but you can use whatever works to burst some of the berries). Let warm and simmer for about 5 minutes. Serve warm! Also check out my baguette french toast recipe with fresh blackberry sauce if this sort of stuff tickles your fancy!

 

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black cherry old fashioned.

this old fashioned knows we're almost through the winter.

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i have an insatiable hankering for old fashioneds during the winter. a really goooood old fashioned, though. and to sit in a dark cozy bar. one that's not so loud i have to scream at my friends. and not seated next to the door where people keep letting the cold in. preferably with a fireplace. and a big fluffy dog next to it. and then a smaller cute dog for my lap. is that sew much tew ask??

they just warm yer soul right up and come in a fun glass with fun tastes and fun stuff inside!

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i'm not much of a mixologist at home - i leave that to bartenders out in the world and usually don't even think to make a cocktail at home because i am clueless on the cocktail front. but when i think of something sounds good and i don't think it generally exists in the world - i make it mahself!

i love this old fashioned with equal parts black cherry juice to whiskey or bourbon. the tartness of the black cherry juice balances out that sharp zing from the whiskey and the fresh orange zest adds SO much aroma and flavor. if you prefer a boozier cocktail, just alter the ratio of whiskey to black cherry juice.

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this drank is cozy & heartwarming to enjoy during the bitter end of february, but it's also refreshing & juicy with signs of springtimes ahead. yaaaaas.

also, happy valentine's day!!!!!!!!!!!

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Black Cherry Old Fashioned

Makes 1 Cocktail, easily multiplied

Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp. agave nectar (or simple syrup or a sugar cube)
  • 3-4 dashes of angostura bitters
  • 1 1/2 ounces rye whiskey or bourbon
  • 1 1/2 ounces 100% black cherry juice (I used R.W. Knudsen brand)
  • orange zest
  • orange twist and/or cherry garnish

Instructions-

Lightly stir or muddle the agave/sugar and bitters in the bottom of your glass. Add the whiskey or bourbon and black cherry juice and stir. Add a cocktail ice cube, grate some fresh orange zest over the top, and add a cherry and/or orange peel twist for garnish & flavor. Serve immediately!

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london.

ello!

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i have so many photos to share from our short 2 day stop in london! i actually thought i could consolidate allllllllll of the photos from our entire europe trip into one post, but LOLz nope that's a crock. i figure, what's the point of taking all these photos if i don't share them. even if nobody looks at this...it's very cathartic for my brain to release these photo dumps out into the wild.

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i'll also be sharing photos from ireland, amsterdam, cologne and nyc! eventually :)

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^ i feel like lots of big attractions are under construction when i travel. there's big ben up there, which i did not even notice it because of the construction junkola. same happened in athens when i saw the parthenon.. womp womp. 

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one of my favorite things we did was go to borough market! this was 3 days before christmas, so it was super festive. there were sooo many amazing eats & treats and vendors and all the mulled wine. it is located under the london bridge which feels so cool and london-y.

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i don't think i took a photo of the big filled donuts we got from bread ahead, but they were scrumptious. everything was so beautiful and delicious looking.

there was an a cappella group here singing a mix of christmas songs and beatles songs. loved that. good vibes while enjoying a spicy mulled wine.

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so many fresh juices. wowzah i want em all.

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^ not a bad happy hour view of the tower bridge. nobody was even at this bar... wha??

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^ my favorite travel buddy.

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^ we rode the cutie double decker bus to shoreditch to have dinner at dishoom. it was really delicious indian food. our waiter told us that people usually order 3 dishes each, which i thought sounded like a lot but maybe they were small portions? maybe he was tricking us? oh my g we had to eat so much. it was so good, but whoa we did not need to order three items, each! 3 total dishes would have done the trick. i don't think i got a photo of all the food we ordered. luckily our airbnb hosts wanted our leftovers, haha. 

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we had such fun bopping around to different pubs on this night. there are SO many adorable & cozy pubs around every corner. it's the best.

we were staying at an airbnb pretty far outside of london - a 40 minute train ride - so this day we had explored london from like 9am until after midnight when we left the pubs. it was a long long day and we walked 10 miles and 28,000 steps according to my phone.

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^ crazy cool sand castle christmas village!

^ delicious savory pies from pieminister. with gravy & red cabbage slaw. yummmmz.

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^ our CUTE ASS airbnb in weybridge! even though weybridge was a substantial train ride from london, we also enjoyed this little town a lot, too. and the train was easy to navigate into the city to the big waterloo station.

^ this coffee shop was so funny to me. all of their cups and sugars and things had goofy sarcastic comments on them. it was just silly and unexpected. 

oooooh la la. notting hill!

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we rode the tube to notting hill & portobello road - which peter could not remember the name of, so he kept calling it 'mushroom lane.' i was dying.  

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the chimneys remind me of mary poppins step in time.

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^ yikes, brah!

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^ here's peter  l o v i n g  notting hill.  lol. he probably couldn't wait to get the hell outta this instagramville.

but you can see why i enjoyed it! it's all so dang charming and cute.

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^ i like this.

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we were so glad to have spent some time in london and i'm glad i got to be there in all its christmassy glory!  :)

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