Being engaged to us means that it is preparation time for marriage. Yes, there is a wedding to plan (or 3 celebrations for that matter), but we rather get the marriage part right. A blink of an eye and we are engaged for nearly 9 months now, another 8 more months to go before we become Mr and Mrs, truly amazing times ahead of us.
This weekend, we are going for our first marriage preparation session. I refuse to call it "counseling"-especially since I'm in that profession myself! Counseling usually denotes that something has gone wrong, which I do not think it is necessary true (for any sense) but that is just the tail of my work hazard behavior peeking out. It will be good to sit on the other side of the chair and gain a perspective of our relationship and our personality traits. I'm really looking forward to it.
A few weeks ago, AR said he would like to prepare a breakfast celebration for us... How sweet, I thought..
And then the next sentence...
"Could you make the batter for pancakes please?"
Turns out he remembered that I dislike package pancake mix, and given that it was a weekday morning, he didn't want to appear lost in the kitchen and wake me up at 5:30am. (hint-i will probably be very grumpy).
Oh alright. It's the thought that counts and so I did the mix the night before and he cooked a batch up the next morning. I have been wanting to try this recipe for some time now, especially since it came out of ABC Delicious magazine, out from "Cafe food". They invited cafes to send in their most popular recipes and this was one of the featured ones. Amazingly simple to make and one that will wow your loved ones. AR absolutely enjoyed the whipped palm sugar butter which I thought was an unique touch. I like the chunky banana slices in the pancakes rather than the mashed version. We kept the batter for 2-3 mornings, only folding in slices of banana just before the cooking process. Makes the early morning more appealing to wake up to.
As for us, well....I suppose it is a partnership alright. I make the batter, he wakes up early on a workday to cook up the pancakes. =) Fair enough!
Banana Buttermilk Pancakes with Palm Sugar Butter (serves 4-6)
35 grams of grated palm sugar
100 grams of unsalted butter softend
2 1/2 cup (620ml) of buttermilk
1 tsp of canola oil
2 large ripen bananas, sliced
450 grams flour
1 1/2 tbs of brown sugar
1 1/2 tbs bicarb soda
fruits to serve with
1) Palm sugar butter- beat palm sugar and butter till light and fluffy. Chill.
2) Whisk egg, buttermilk, oil in large bowl. Stir in banana pieces. Sieve flour into a separate bowl and add in brown sugar, soda and inch of salt. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix with wooden spoon.
3) Heat greased pan. Add 1/3 cup of batter into pan and cook 2-3 minutes till bubbles appear. Turn and cook for 1 minute till golden. Keep warm while you whip up the rest of the pancakes.
4) Serve with fruits, honey/syrup/ice-cream and palm-sugar butter.