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Diner Brunch… At Home

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I have a long-standing attraction to diners. And I go to diners in Hamilton often on weekends with friends. But I can usually only get hashbrowns and toast; diners aren’t great for vegans. So after over a week of pretty lacklustre, low-effort, quick cooking and eating out, I decided to take some time this sunny morning to make a diner brunch, a.k.a. as much starch as you can fit on a plate.
I boiled the potato a bit first before panfrying it with some onion and paprika.
As for the pancakes, I tried Veganomicon‘s Blueberry Corn Pancakes for the first time. There were several factors that made this pancake excursion a little more tricky than your usual pancake adventure. First, using a cast iron pan on a gas stove wins me lots of chef cred, but required a bit of extra attention: since gas elements get so hot, and cast iron heats up so well and retains even heat for longer, you have to watch the heat level pretty carefully. Then, including lots of blueberries throws things a bit out of wack: they can create an exploded blueberry soup crater in the middle of your pancake, making it difficult to flip the pancake, and creating some lethal blueberry sugar lava in places that is rather apt to char. But, in the end, I got the hang of the challenges and it was fun. And cornmeal in pancakes is very tasty. I found I could use less maple syrup because cornmeal contributes its own sweetness.


Written by phdelicious

August 3, 2008 at 3:46 pm

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  1. Nice writing style. I look forward to reading more in the future.

    Josh Maxwell

    August 3, 2008 at 4:00 pm

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