Saturday, September 08, 2012

vegan coconut
silver dollar pancakes

Vegan Coconut Silver Dollar Pancakes and their best friend, Maple Syrup
A fully functional kitchen at last! After a month of salads, microwave meals and dinners out, it's taken me a good week to return to the rhythm of preparing my own meals. But cooking is like riding a bike--you never really forget how, even though you might get a bit rusty. I've made a few basic meals so far, and am astounded by much better food tastes when you make it from scratch.

I heart my new griddle burner.
This morning I wanted to try the griddle burner on my new stove. I had a hankering for pancakes. But after 4 weeks of generic fare, I wanted to add a little somethin'-somethin' to re-inaugurate weekend breakfast in style. Since the kitchen cabinets are not yet fully assembled, my foodstuffs are still scattered about the loft. Two of the few semi-exotic, pancake-friendly ingredients I could find  were coconut flakes and coconut extract. And so these carby little gems were born. It's been ages since I've posted a recipe, so I'm very happy to share these easy breakfast treats.  [By the way, the kitchen is almost finished – maybe two more weeks of work. Kitchen update after the recipe.].

Coconut Silver Dollar Pancakes
  • 1 cup flour [I used half spelt and half unbleached white]
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk [I used unsweetened flax milk]
  • 2 tsp coconut extract
  • Maple syrup or agave nectar, for serving
Serves 4, makes about 14 3-inch pancakes

In a large bowl, stir together dry ingredients. Whisk in milk and stir until there are no lumps. Batter should be fairly thick, but add a tablespoon or two of water if batter is too thick to pour.

Pour about 1-2 T batter into heated, lightly oiled griddle. Cook until bubbles form on one side, then flip and cook other side until golden. Serve warm with syrup.

Bitchin' Urban Kitchen Update

Bare-naked new kitchen, waiting for tile, granite counters and fresh paint (and new lights)

I know there's still a lot to do, but even as the kitchen stands now, I am thrilled with it. It's turning out exactly as I had envisioned it – practical, minimal and restaurant style. Somebody pinch me, please. 

Bruce is going to help me make a chalkboard-painted cover for the fuse box, where I can jot down recipes, grocery lists, and haiku.

I love my new Brancusi-esque faucet which replaced the crappy Ikea one I originally bought. With faucets, I learned from F-Stop, you usually get what you pay for.
Fridge area cupboards. We still have some leveling to do and doors/shelves need to be installed. Look at all that cupboard space!

Nerdy of me, but I love organization devices. This under-sink, pull-out doodad lets me sort my recycling.

I'm still in the process of organizing my vast spice collection [Notice there's a spice rack above my sink, too].   I totally recommend these drawers if you are a spice girl, like me.
Once kitchen is complete, I'll give you a complete "tour."


Marissa Mondine said...

The first thing I noticed in the kitchen shot was the small spice rack and I thought to myself, "I could never fit all of my spices on there!" The drawers are a cool idea. Are the spice jars easy to lift out of their spaces?

Julie Hasson said...

Love your new kitchen Dynise. Congratulations!

Casey said...

I know what you mean about organisational devices....I Love them too. Your new kitchen looks great!

urban vegan said...

Marissa: Yes, they're very easy to pull out. Ikea actually sells those spice drawer organizers separately (You can just insert them in most drawers). I love them. I'm such an organization geek ;)

Urban Earthworm said...

That is a great kitchen! I love the pull out organization. I am a sucker for those sorts of things, but remain clinically disorganized.

Anonymous said...

Wow, looks amazing! I'm so jealous, I really need to update my kitchen which is circa 1980s, yuck!
I thought you were going with shiny grey cabinets. Which did you go with? Looks awesome in white.

urban vegan said...

Anony--Shiny grey are on the wall near the 'fridge. You'll see probably next time.

Jesse @ Happy Go Lucky Vegan said...

What a gorgeous kitchen! I just took a tour through Bosch, and your kitchen's modern appliances and feel remind me of everything there. I'm jelly!

Mollie@Kitchen Accessories said...

Having a pullout shelves to store spices is really functional and space saver.

Joey said...

Now that is an amazing looking kitchen - and pancakes!