Sunday, March 6, 2011

Breakfast at Jason's

I am not one for breakfast. Don't get me wrong, I love sitting down to a nice omelette or a yummy stack of pancakes with a massive helping of bacon. It's just that I need my sleep and often sacrifice nourishment for an extra half an hour of sleep. No, I don't want cereal. I don't like it. It's gross. Call me picky.
Buttermilk pancakes with a banana smoothie
Jason, however, is the opposite. The boy needs breakfast to function. And he likes Weetbix! For those of you who don't know, Weetbix is the name of New Zealand's number 1 breakfast cereal ("Kiwi Kids are Weetbix Kids" anyone?). 

These high-fibre breakfast biscuits were once the bane of my life. 

I have yet to find a cereal that I like.
In a time when my mother was in charge of my meals and I, the helpless primary school child, was unable to make my own food I was forced to eat one Weetbix biscuit drowned in a glass of hot milk every morning before school. Whenever "how many can you do" commercials came on, I would stare at the screen in pure hatred and answer "Just one. You can do 9? Do you hate yourself?" I am NOT a Weetbix kid. I wish I could do this to them.

Ingredients: Cultured buttermilk, salt, baking powder, eggs and flour
Cooked breakfasts is what I live for and, with our lazy Sundays, we sure have the time to make them -and clean up afterward. Pancakes are one of the easiest things to make and with my newest discovery, buttermilk, they are now the fluffiest breakfast foods to have. I cannot stress how easy they are -get your kid involved or make a younger sibling your kitchen slave!

Make sure the batter is free of flour lumps.
Another good thing about pancakes is that you can literally find all the necessary ingredients in any normal kitchen so there is no excuse not to have a great breakfast (unless you like your sleep).You can also make this batter in advance and keep it in the fridge for a quick meal -I have been meaning to do this for a while now but I keep forgetting and throwing my empty milk bottles away. Sigh.

Step 4: Wait until the top starts bubbling before you flip your pancake over
This is what it looks like on the other side
What's the perfect accompaniment to a pancake stack? Besides maple syrup or lemon and sugar I mean. Milkshakes, of course!

Milk, vanilla ice cream, bananas, glasses and a food processor
Jason's the expert when it comes to smoothies and milkshakes so I got to stand back and watched the master at work. Apparently I ruin smoothies by adding too much yoghurt. Excuse me for trying to be healthy.

Milkshake step 2: Add a few spoonfuls of your favourite vanilla ice cream and blend
I cannot fathom how easy it was to make this! They tasted exactly like cafe style milkshakes, except without the artificial syrups -I will never understand why they need fake banana flavour. No more will I order milkshakes from my local cafe -I will simply ask, very nicely, for Jason to make them =) In exchange for pancakes, of course. 

It's so fluffy I could die!
 And here is where I go on about how Buttermilk has, and will continue to, change my life for the better. Look how fluffy my pancakes are! I know that it's the baking powder but, deep down, I know that the buttermilk helped to make it extra light. Its flavor is also more complex, revealing a depth beyond just the syrup poured over the top.-I can practically taste the rainbows!

Lotti wanted a piece of the rainbow.. But it's all gone Muahahahaha!
Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes (2 to 3 servings)

Note: Milkshake will only be part of your meal if you actually make it


2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 large eggs 
Buttermilk, enough to make a pourable batter (depends on your tastes)


1. Combine dry ingredients
2. Crack in eggs and add enough milk to make batter pourable (ours is a little thick -if you like thin pancakes, aim for a runny mixture aka more milk)
3. Mix to blend. Adjust milk and flour ratio if needed
4. Melt butter in pan (be careful not to burn it) and cook until bubbly, a little dry around the edges, and lightly browned on the bottom
5. Flip over until cooked
6. Drizzle with your favourite toppings

Note: You can make normal pancakes by swapping out buttermilk for normal milk, but why would you?

Jason's Banana Milkshake (2 servings)


 2 Bananas
Vanilla Ice Cream


1. Puree bananas in a food processor or blender (you might want to chop them up first)
2. Add a few spoonfuls of your favourite vanilla ice cream and blend
3. While mixing, pour in milk until you get the desired consistency
4. Give one glass to your girlfriend

Lotti gets her cafe hit at home

Yup, it's that good

All recipes are on Petitchef


  1. Mmmm I love making smoothies just like Jason's.. and I have those Coke glasses too which I drink them from!
    Over the years I've experimented heaps with the smoothies... just adding whatever is in the cupboard. A favourite combination is Milo and honey... mmmmm. I don't always use vanilla ice cream either: chocolate, caramel, even cookies and cream are all delicious alternatives :)

  2. I'm with you, I don't like cereal, give me pancakes any day. From my apartment in Bagni di Lucca I just have to walk across the bridge to the pasticceria to find the most divine pastries and coffee. What's not to love about Italy.

  3. Hmm.. haven't figured out how to reply to comments.. Can I even do that?

    @ Grace - milo and honey sounds delicious, I will ask for that next time =P

    @ Debra -Show off.. I wish I was in Italy right now

  4. i LOVE your posts! I recently discovered how amazing buttermilk makes food (in scones sampled at work), how did we live without it?!

  5. Weet Bix and milk definitely has that soggy cardboard flavour and I am with you with the "what the" at the Weet Bix kids line. Although I have to say it's not bad with peanut butter and honey. Just no milk!

  6. Buttermilk makes the pancakes fluffier because it provides extra acid for the bicarbonate of soda in the baking powder to react with, and so more gas is produced. Because it is thicker than milk, it also means you can use less flour so the end result is lighter.

  7. Pancakes with a milkshake chaser. Mmm, you guys know how to do breakfast right. ;)

  8. Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog :)
    I LOVE PANCAKES!!! This looks great, although I prefer with normal milk - for some reason I just like the texture better.
    I like making smoothies with low fat milk, frozen berries, and low fat frozen yoghurt. Yumyumyumyumyum.

  9. Ewww I definitely was NOT an Aussie Weetbix Kid. My brother used to drown his in sugar and eat them quite happily but all I could taste was cardboard. That milkshake looks epic :)

  10. Ooh I'll definitely have to try your pancake recipe. I haven't made them with buttermilk before. And I hope you try the chai soon! Let me know how it goes :)