Favourite Breakfast Pancakes To Quell Exam Fever

fluffly and yummy

fluffy and yummy

I am in cooking gear now: you know for me it is retreat to the kitchen when my family is under pressure.  My way of offering comfort.  Your little sis is in high study mode right now, preparing for the trial exams starting on Monday.  She goes straight from school to the library, and studies there till closing time (usually 10 pm). Then she comes home and studies some more!

Breakfast this morning of her favourite variety before she headed off to the library. Sadly her junior chefs from Toronto were not here to make them for her, with their Darth Vader spatula. Those boys’ pancakes never tasted anything but excellent. Still, these seemed to satisfy, and you’ll like them too, for a lazy Sunday breakfast tomorrow ? Dad fried up some bacon too, and the maple syrup over everything was pretty sweet and good!

Hope you have a great work day at the bookshop- will you be dreaming up more travel plans when you’re not busy serving customers? I miss you. xoxo
Buttermilk Pancakes


  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups buttermilk (or two cups yogurt mixed with 1 cup water)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 cups plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Butter or oil for frying


  1. Whisk together eggs and buttermilk.
  2. Add the soda and whisk.
  3. Add flour, baking powder, salt and sugar and whisk.
  4. Stir in the melted butter.
  5. Pour batter into pitcher.
  6. Place butter on med heated griddle, when butter begins to foam
  7. pour pancake the size to your liking.

For Little C, chocolate chips are crucial, but optional for anyone else along with banana slices or blueberries.

A lovely, thick, and silky batter

A lovely, thick, and silky batter

IMG_1903 IMG_1906Remember this lovely sugar jar from the Stefanovich family?

Buttermilk Pancakes For A Week End Breakfast

J and G were visiting  Sydney overnight, and we lured them here to have breakfast on their way to the airport. Both you and Little C were quite sure that we should cook them pancakes.

After years of cooking ultra thin crepes which you ate as an after school snack with a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkle of sugar (rolled up), buttermilk pancakes are a more substantial but still light (and fluffy! ) step up from those. Now they seem to be the preferred option for you ladies, Little C sprinkling hers with chocolate chips in the cooking process: in my eyes, definitely an American influence.

Last night was the opening of the 18th Sydney Biennale at the NSW Gallery. How exciting to be part of an art event TOGETHER as a family  in Australia again! The significance of the evening was not lost on us four, and we savoured every moment, from the warm welcome we received and seeing lots of old friends, to dad’s first ‘official’ speech in his new role. There were enthusiastic cheers in the audience, and I clapped very hard at the end of his words. His women folk are all proud and excited. The exhibition, themed ‘All Our Relations’ is going to be well attended: so much to see in the three venues spread across this beautiful city.

You two girls looked beautiful last night, but I know there were some sore feet at the end of the night. Lucky there was a dad to offer you an arm as we walked out of the building!

Tired shoes at the end of the night.

Buttermilk Pancakes

  • 3 cups Self Raising flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup melted butter or olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • pinch of salt


  1. Mix the dry ingredients together.
  2. Whisk the buttermilk with the eggs, and butter/oil.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the egg mix gradually, a spoonful at a time, now mix together gently.
  4. Let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes.
  5. Heat a shallow heavy-based pan and grease lightly.
  6. Keeping the heat on a high but even temperature, pour in spoonfuls of mixture into the pan, about a quarter cup at a time is what I prefer, but of course you can make them bigger.
  7. Turn the heat down to medium so the mixture cooks through. At this point, add some chocolate buds if desired.
  8. When bubbles appear on the mixture and the circles develop a cooked edge, flip them over with a flat spoon or butter knife.
  9. Cook slowly ( maybe a minute) until the pancakes appear golden.
  10. Eat with Maple Syrup or Nutella, and a side of crispy bacon and fruit!