Thursday, June 17, 2021

Zucchini Pancakes on Thursday

Zucchini Pancakes

I tried my hand at making zucchini pancakes, today, using 1 cup grated zucchini, 1 cup pancake mix, and an egg.  Remembering how watery my waffle batter became, I squeezed out as much liquid from the grated zucchini as I could before measuring out a cup of it; but, that made the batter a bit too dry and I had to add a little bit of water to the mixture!  Maybe I shouldn't have squeezed out the liquid from the zucchini, after all!  I also added a tiny bit of salt and a little bit of chili powder, but, neither my daughter nor I could taste the chili powder, so I might add more, next time.

I made the pancakes in the electric skillet that I had mentioned earlier, while seated in the armchair in the living room.  Oh, that electric skillet is certainly  coming in useful!  The batter was a little too thick to spread out evenly on its own, but the pancakes turned out nice and fluffy.  There was enough batter to make nine small pancakes.  Neither my daughter nor I could really taste the zucchini, which surprised us both!  I ate them with peach chutney and they tasted great.

I had a pain free night last night and a pain free day, so far, today (typing this in the early afternoon).  Being pain free is a blessing I will not take for granted, anymore!  

Today started out sunny, but nice and cool (about 80F); I opened the doors and windows to get the cool morning air into the house.  Then, it got a bit cloudy and, around 10:30 a.m., we had a surprise drizzle of rain!  I hurried as best I could to the sliding glass door to take a picture of the unexpected rain, but, it only lasted for about two minutes and the 50 drops or so of rain we received dried up almost before they reached the ground!  There was nothing to photograph!  LOL.  After that, it became sunny again and now, in the early afternoon, the temperature is 92F.  Today's forecast is a high of 94F.  

I did a small load of laundry, this morning - two blankets that had been on the bed, which will be put away for the summer.  I was able to do this load by myself without daughter's help!  I also folded and put away the bed sheets, etc., that were washed yesterday.  I feel like I managed to accomplish something!  

I received a phone call from the MRI imaging center, asking me if I could be there for the MRI in the morning of June 28, instead of the evening; if not, they'd have to reschedule it for another day.  I said I will be able to be there in the morning as I don't want to postpone the MRI for a later date.  

The rest of the afternoon will be set aside for sewing/repairing the quilt.  I am hoping that I will be able to go for a walk in the garden this evening.  

Today, I am grateful for:

- Being pain free (so far) today
- What I am able to accomplish each day
- Zucchini from the garden
- Daughter being willing to try the results of my zucchini experiments
- Working appliances

Today's joyful activity was trying out a new zucchini recipe!

How is your Thursday coming along?  What are your plans for tomorrow?

20 comments:

  1. I made courgette fritters instead of pancakes and added some cheese to mine. I couldn't really taste the courgette though.

    It's 10pm on Thursday and I will be getting ready for bed very soon. Tomorrow it's gardening day, assuming the rain stops!

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    1. I think the fritters and pancakes are fairly similar, but, I might try making the fritters, next. :)

      I hope you enjoy a good night's rest and tomorrow will be bright and sunny so you could spend the time out in the garden with M, potting up those new plants you bought. :)

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  2. I think I might make something similar when my courgettes come in. I like fritters but these sound like less fuss. Does the ready mix contain sugar? Assume not.

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    1. Yes, I think the boxed pancake mix does contain sugar. Not sure how much, but, I'm afraid just about every ready made mix contains sugar!

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  3. Now you're making me rethink my decision to give away the waffle iron and electric skillet when we moved. We hadn't used them in years. But if truth be told, I don't really have room for them. Oh, well. I'm glad that you're getting such good use out of them.

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    1. Oops! Sorry about making you rethink your decision to give away your waffle iron and electric skillet! Some of my cookware is stored on shelves in the garage! Sometimes I think I shouldn't keep them all, then, something like this happens and I am glad I have them!

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  4. These sound good Bless and a perfect way to get in extra servings of fresh veggies. I'm so glad it was another good and even productive day. :)

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    1. Thank you, Martha. I am glad the pancakes turned out the way they did and, as you say, it's another way to get some vegetables into me! :D

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  5. That's fantastic news that you have been pain free. The pancakes look excellent.

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    1. Thank you, Stephenie. The pancakes turned out quite well! :)

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  6. Savoury Pancakes are definitely the way forward for getting extra veg into children too.

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    1. Yes; plus, one can change the color of the pancake batter, based on the vegetables used!

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  7. That's quite adventurous putting zucchini and chile powder in your pancake batter. You have quite the harvest of zucchini. I have a brand new skillet unopened in the box my mom gave me a few years ago. With this hot summer we're having I should pull it out and start using it. So glad you're still pain free. And you're right, being pain free is definitely a blessing. I don't blame you for not wanting to postpone your MRI. I know you're anxious to get it done. Denise (Who forgot to sign her name on the last comment)

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    1. I thought it was you on that previous comment! :D It's a bit silly, I know, because Denise can be your online name and have nothing to do with your real name, but, I like to think I know who I'm communicating with! :)

      There are lots of recipes online for savory zucchini pancakes and some were even more adventurous, calling for onions/scallions, garlic, herbs, cheese, etc. I might try some cheese, next time.

      The electric skillet has been a blessing because I can set it up so I can sit while I cook! Standing for a long time is still painful. I've also just read that you can bake a cake in an electric skillet! I think I will be using my skillet a lot more from now on! :D

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  8. You are so right, being pain free is a blessing. So glad you are having these good days. My neck is almost recovered and not a problem.
    The pancakes sound delicious. Yesterday I used the bought zucchini and made a zucchini quiche. I didn't have any biscuit mix so I just put in flour with baking powder and it worked out fine. I see you often add a savoury spice to your zucchini productions and I think I will try something like that to give a little "heat" to the quiche another time.

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    1. Thank you, Bushlady; I'm glad your neck is getting better.

      The pancakes turned out better than I expected! Yes, I like to add a little savory spices when I cook the zucchini. Your quiche sounds good and I think a little chili powder or a bit of green chili would be a good addition! :D

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  9. Thanks for the inspiration. I am adding keto zucchini pancakes to my "to try" list!

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    1. You are welcome, Anne; I thought of you when I made them because I was sure you'd have a keto pancake recipe. :)

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  10. I like the idea of your savory waffles and pancakes. They sound tasty.

    When I was growing up my mom used an electric skillet all the time. My sister and I started many a dinner in that skillet while my mom was on her way home from work.
    I remember the skillet was kept on the top of the portable washing machine we had in the kitchen. She kept the washer off to the side in a corner of the kitchen then when we did the laundry we would hook it up to the kitchen sink. Then the clothes would get hung on the line for the day.
    Thinking about that washer now I realize she didn't have the extra money to have washer hook ups put in and also purchase a large washing machine. But she found an affordable way to make things work and save herself a trip to the laundromat after a long week at work.

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    1. Thank you, Debra; I tend to eat even regular waffles and pancakes with curry, etc., (better for me than syrup!), so, the savory waffles and pancakes work out well. :)

      Your mother sounds like she was a very practical lady. She found a way to make things work in a manner that was both affordable and saved her some time and energy. The parents of one of my college friends had a dishwasher that needed to be hooked up to the kitchen faucet - they pulled it out from its regular spot between the kitchen and the dining table and set it up near the sink every night. I had grown up without a dishwasher, so it was a novelty to me and I thought that was how dishwashers were supposed to be! :D

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