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Birthday Pancakes

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Yesterday was my sister’s birthday and I wished her happy birthday with pancakes (see photo, above). It took me three tries to get it right. I envisioned the letters as looking a little tidier and, afterward, honestly felt like Hagrid when he gave Harry his birthday cake (though, no spelling mistakes, as my sister duly pointed out).

My sister’s blog is here, where she posts about her art (including behind the scenes/process posts, which are always fun). You might remember that she illustrated the chocolate cupcakes post from April. :D

If you’d like to write a message on your pancakes, here’s how to do it. Unfortunately I didn’t take any photos of the process, but it’s fairly easy. No special equipment required.

First, make your pancake batter (I used this recipe – it’s become my family’s favourite) and have your pan ready. It should be hot, with some melted butter or coconut oil.

Put some of the batter into a small ziplock bag, seal it, and twist. Snip off a small opening at the corner and carefully pipe the letters on to the pan. (You could also use a pastry bag, a squeeze bottle, or a syringe – whatever works or is easier for you and what you have on hand.) Write the letters backwards, as they’ll be reversed when it’s time to flip the pancake.

Once your message is done, pour batter over the letters. Once the edges are dry and bubbles appear on the surface, flip pancake. Cook until the other side is browned, about 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate and serve!

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Cinnamon Spice Muffins

I had tried making an oat-free version of these chocolate chip oatmeal cookies by simply leaving out the oats. Alas, the dollops of cookie batter spread and fused together as they baked, becoming flat and crumbly. Thankfully, there was still some batter left – I’d only used half of it for the attempted cookies – and I baked the rest as muffins. As muffins, it worked out beautifully.

It’s been nearly a year since I experimented with that recipe and since rediscovering the recipe, they’re currently my favourite muffins to make and to eat. Good eaten on their own, they’re especially good spread with some butter or solid coconut oil. (In fact, when I tried one with coconut oil, I liked it more than butter.)

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Giveaway! Cybele Pascal’s Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking

If you or a loved one have allergies or an intolerance to gluten, wheat, dairy, eggs, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, and sesame, or if you know someone who does, Cybele Pascal’s newest cookbook Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking is for you!

All of the recipes are made without the eight most common allergens (sesame was a surprise to me – I had no idea!) and are simple to make, without using unusual ingredients or heavily relying on store-bought products that substitute for “the real thing”. Two recipes that immediately jumped out at me were the Homemade Gnocchi (page 47) and Mu Shu Pork (page 142). Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking is neatly organized into clear, concise categories and there is something for everyone, no matter what you could be allergic to. One particular category all families will love, especially those with young children, is Takeout at Home. There’s even a recipe for a gluten-free version of an In-N-Out Burger!

I am giving away 1 copy of Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking, which the publishers have generously offered to ship to the winner.

This giveaway is open to US and Canadian citizens. To enter the giveaway, simply fill in the form below*. Please include your name and a valid, working email address that you check frequently. The winner will be picked at random using random.org on April 15th, 2013. The winner will be notified and contacted by the email address provided and will be asked for a shipping address. A copy of Allery-Free and Easy Cooking will be shipped to the winner by the publishers Ten Speed Press. If the winner doesn’t respond within 48 hours, another winner will be randomly chosen.

*Since changing the settings for comments, I’m trying out using a form for the giveaway instead and seeing how it goes. This is based on feedback that I received on Twitter and Facebook.

Giveaway is now closed. The winner is Amanda!