I’ve been really busy lately going through all of my recipes, testing them for accuracy and making sure to write them out properly. I have noticed that I have a lot of recipes that need some work.You may have noticed I edited my recipe page a bit, removing some recipes, some for good and some only temporarily. I also put some new pictures on there.
When I first started cooking and baking I had a lot of heart, but was not very good at recipe writing. It’s not that the food I made wasn’t good, it was just that I didn’t know how to actually write a recipe for people who have never made that particular dish or who maybe have no experience with cooking. I am making sure now to form my recipes so that people can actually follow them and create the exact same result.
When I was going through my recipe pictures and pulling pictures for the book, I realized that I have been doing this for almost two years now and when I look back, I see that I am getting better all the time with both recipe writing and photography.
Check out some of my old school recipe pics.
Cookie bar things on a window sill! I wanted to get some good lighting. The pic is terribly blurry.
Blurry kale chips. still YUM!
This delicious banana bread that I photographed on the floor.
Stacked tofu bacon sandwich, again blurry.
A meal of soup and whole wheat buns. Kesa in her high chair, just a little over one year old.
I did start getting better after a while. This pic is nice except for Craig’s crotch in the left hand corner. Classy!
I think that it is something that comes with lots of practice. Sometimes I feel like maybe I shouldn’t be doing this and often doubt myself,
thinking knowing that there are way better recipe writers and photographers out there. I am just a stay at home mom who just loves to cook and bake and I also love to share my passion with the world. I have pretty much no time to focus much on my dream, learn photography or read much about anything, but I plug away at it every chance I get, often times with a baby nursing in my arm as I type out a blog post with one hand. I do that A LOT! It is taking me longer than I thought it would and it is extremely challenging, but I hold on tight to my dream of someday having a cookbook because it is just something that I have always been passionate about, ever since I was a little girl.
Back then, I used to pretend that the kitchen was my restaurant. I made my own menu and had my parents order off of it. I would often cook and bake for my parents too. Some of my famous creations were cheese slice cookies, ice cream soup (ice cream melted over the heater vent) and when I reached the age of 10 and became a cookie addict, burnt sugar cookies were my specialty! Back then, I had no idea how to read and follow a recipe. I didn’t know that there was really any difference in tablespoons or teaspoons and would never evenly measure anything. I would just throw all of the ingredients together into a bowl, mix it up and place the dough onto a cookie sheet. I always, always, burnt every cookie to a crisp. Looking back I have a few suspicions as to why that would happen… like not waiting for the oven to preheat.
So here I am today, still operating my own restaurant and cooking and baking for my own family. I have even made my own menu for my kids and I still sometimes fail miserably at things. Often I get frustrated and gosh do I wish I had more time, but I am still loving every minute of living out my passion and taking steps (no matter how small) toward my goal.
This morning I finally made over my banana pancake recipe. The old one was good, but I wanted them more banana-y and fluffy. I have been tackling these pancakes for a good week and a half, making banana pancakes for my little monkeys every morning and finally decided to go with this recipe. It is pretty perfect. A nice fluffy banana pancake, sprinkled with sweet melted chocolate chips.
The picture is not bad either. 🙂
Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes
A super delicious sweet breakfast! Perfect for monkeys both big and small!
Makes 5 pancakes
- 3 mashed bananas
- 1 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/3 cup vegan chocolate chips
- 1 2/3 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Heat a medium skillet on medium heat. In a medium size mixing bowl, mash the overripe bananas until there are no lumps then whisk in the milk, oil and vanilla and add the chocolate chips. In a separate small mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder and sea salt. Add the flour mixture to the banana mixture in the medium-sized bowl and mix until just combined, careful not to over mix the batter or the pancakes will not be very fluffy. Pour the batter about 3/4 cup at a time into the heated skillet. Cook the pancake for a few minutes, until small bubbles begin to show through the batter then flip the pancake over and cook a few minutes more, until golden. Serve with vegan margarine and pure maple syrup.
Pancakes are something I didn´t have since I went vegan… I missed them quite a bit. But all the recipes I found used egg replacer (and I don´t like replacer anything). So I might try these 🙂 they look yummy^^
They taste as yummy as they look too! 🙂
mmm, banana pancakes. I’m going to make these this weekend!
LOL at the crotch in the corner pic and banana bread on the floor pic. One reason I love your site is how great your pictures look. Good that you went through and cleaned it up a bit though.
That looks delicious. I’m sure your kids didn’t mind having those pancakes for breakfast for a week! I had to laugh at your descriptions of your old photography skills. Especially the crotch photo–ha! I think you are doing an amazing job of creating recipes to feed your family, and I’m glad you care enough to write them down for the rest of us–thanks!
Thanks Mia! 🙂
Using this for the “meatless Monday Challenge” next week! and will link to your blog page (Hope that’s ok) I miss your posts but I know that you are spending your time wisely 🙂
Sure, that is fine. 🙂 I am enjoying my time away from the computer for now. Maybe I’ll be back soon.