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Late Summer Weather in Baltimore
I don’t know about you, but I have been LOVING this summer weather in Baltimore. It sounds like an oxymoron. Baltimore? Summer? Love? Usually I get excited for spring, I dread the heat of the summer, and I can’t wait for fall. September is normally just an extension of summer. I scoff when I see cardigans and sweaters lining up in stores near the end of August. It’s still shorts and tank tops, people!
Today, though, I actually chose to wear jeans. Last week at the evening farmers market, I wished for pants and a warm-ie! Can you believe it? Chilled in the middle of August as soon as the sun goes down. I was flabbergasted.
And by the way, my dear dad calls anything long-sleeved that’s not a sweater a warm-ie. So do I.
It is a relief to have 70’s and 60’s at night, and just up to 90 or below during the day. Baking granola is not so unbearable, with those monstrous gas ovens in a hot kitchen. Setting up the market tent is a breeze, with barely a sweat on my brow. Sitting and chatting with customers is all about the beautiful day, instead of can-you-believe-how-humid-it-is? And. No bugs. Justin and I have eaten almost all of our dinners out back, on the deck, with the twinkle lights on, and never had to apply bug spray. Maybe I got two bug bites all together.
Easy Savory Sourdough Pancakes
Let’s stop gushing and talk about food. What have you been making lately? Have you been taking advantage of the bounty of real tomatoes, fresh peaches, honey-sweet figs, and summer squash? This morning I made savory pancakes, using a natural yeast starter that was made by my mom. There are myriad recipes for natural yeast pancakes, but I chose the easy route: pour some natural yeast into the pan. That’s it. No eggs, milk, sugar. Just a mixture of flour, water, and fermentation. Since I wanted savory, I didn’t miss any of the traditional pancake ingredients. Instead, I opted for the slightly sour dough taste of the natural starter, and I sprinkled a seed and garlic blend on top before flipping the pancake. The garlicky seeds stuck into the batter and, when flipped, turned nicely golden. I served it with a thick tomato slice on top, followed by a second pancake, and lastly two fried eggs. You can make it as little or big as you want. Two tomato slices, one egg, you name it. Sub sauteed zucchini for the tomato, or switch to root veggies as the seasons change.
I have a nice seven seed blend with some potent garlic in it to sprinkle on top of the pancakes.. If you don’t have something similar, you can make your own blend of seeds, dehydrated onion, powdered garlic, salt. Or saute garlic and onions and add them to the pancake batter. It’s your call.
Do you have a sourdough starter? It’s worth having one for the pancakes alone. Sourdough starter is a mixture of flour and water that sits at room temperature to ferment. My was given to me by my mother. You may already know someone who has a starter, and you can ask for some to start your own. Or, just mix equal parts flour and water in a jar. Feed it daily with more flour and water. In about a week, you will have a bubbly sourdough starter. These pancakes are a great way to use it when you find yourself with too much starter.
What has been cooking in your kitchen? This is what has graced my plate lately.
Burst Tomato Galette with Corn and Zucchini from Smitten Kitchen
Fresh Corn Pesto Tagliatelle, adapted from Bon Apetit
Mushroom Celeriac Pecan Pate (scroll down a bit to see recipe)
Hope you have a wonderful, summery day. See you again soon,
Easy Savory Sourdough Pancakes
- cast iron pan
- 2 cups sourdough starter discard
- 1 tbsp garlic and seed spice mixture
- 1-2 tbsp bacon fat, olive oil, or butter
- Heat pan over medium heat. A cast iron skillet is best, but any will do. When pan is hot, add bacon fat, olive oil, or butter to the pan.
- Pour sourdough starter by 1/4 cupfuls to the hot pan. Sprinkle garlic and seed mixture on top. Let cook 1-2 minutes, then flip and finish cooking on the other side, about 1 minute longer.
- Serve with fresh sliced tomato and fried egg.
Photo credits: Candice Gormley