the pancake challenge

Did you know that being an expat has opened my eyes and given me a newfound appreciation for Americana?  Oh, who am I kidding - it’s downright freakish. I sing the Star Spangled Banner in the shower and give a little “eep!” when I see someone sporting a Celtics t-shirt or American flag-patterned Converse. 
I know. 
And now it’s been almost seven months since I’ve stepped on American soil and I’m craving two things that Americans love: a challenge and pancakes. I have a dozen and one pancake recipes and it’s time to take them out for a test drive - with or without syrup, that as we know, costs an arm and a leg here. But this is America! We find a solution! 
First up is this newfangled Bisquick Shake 'n Pour - just add water! (It was a going away present from my darling Liz.) So I added and I shook and I poured those babies out onto my griddle. They bubbled up and flipped like fluffy little clouds and, surprisingly, were perfectly pancake -looking. 
The Shake 'n Pour made about 6 pancakes, and yes, I ate them all. (It's what happens when you haven't had pancakes in 7 months, it's medically proven.) Here's my review:

Pancake recipe: Bisquick Shake 'n Pour
Taste: Somewhat bland, and you could really taste the flour. 
Texture: Very fluffy and very light. 
Esthetics: Beautifully golden and crisp.
Manageability: Easy. I mean, all I had to do was shake 'n pour. 

And since we're on the topic of America, (pronounced Amerricuhh!) I have to share with you the package I received yesterday in the mail. Zoe is a goddess. She sent me girl scout cookies! I screamed when I opened them and memories of going to girl scouts just for the snacks came flooding back to me. THANK YOU ZOE! 

If you think you have the perfect pancake recipe, send it along so I can include it in the challenge! 


  1. On our last trip to America I really wanted to go ALL-AMERICAN so I insisted on going to I-Hop! I ordered the blueberry pancakes and ate them all! ;)

  2. Oh yum! I love pancakes and those look so good. After looking at your scrumptious photos I will need to make some tonight. Btw: I always use Deb's (from SK) recipe for the pancakes. Here is the link if you want to try it:

    (the recipe calls for blueberries but sometimes I make them plain or with diffrent fruits like bananas).

    Have a great day, sweetie. xo

  3. YAH ammmerica! those pancakes look so goood. and so do the cookies. im on the hunt for another box of samosas.

  4. We LOVE pancakes in this house. During the summer, we have them as "breakfast for dinner" every Monday night :) Can't wait to see more!! xoxo, e

  5. Honestly one of my favorite meals. Haha. I always order them when we go out for breakfast.

  6. I love pancakes! They are so yummy! These look yummy too!

  7. Those look so yummy! I love buying Jiffy Brand Pancake Mix--so delicious & made close to my hometown. :)

  8. YAY! so glad your cookies made it, sorry they got a little crushed the woman told me that I didn't need a box and the bubble mailer would be good, clearly not.
    Please make me pancakes

  9. Those pancakes look yummy. Enjoy the girl scout cookies!
    Best, M.

  10. I love pancakes and I have lots of different favorite recipes. I think my favorites would be my thin egg pancakes. They are kind of a pain to make, but they are soooo good.

    Thanks for visiting my blog - Becki's Whole Life. My husband and I talk about moving the family overseas. I guess I can live vicariously through your blog for now!

  11. Ah yes, thin mints and samoas (caramel delites) cookies, classics!

  12. There are certain "American" things that i can't imagine going without, and pancakes are definitely one of them! I probs would have eaten the whole batch in one sitting also.


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