Sweetcorn Pancakes . . . And some exciting news

August 23, 2013

Sweet Corn Pancakes

I’ve been desperately trying to find time to write here and tell you something pretty exciting. After over six years together in this incredible city, it’s time for a new adventure. Dan and I are moving to London!

It still feels entirely surreal but we are so excited to take a big leap and experience something new and completely different together. I can’t wait to experience living in a city as vibrant as London and to have all of Europe on our doorstep.

Despite our heady anticipation we’re also very sad to be saying goodbye to Minnepolis and all our friends and family here. In the midst of the dog days of summer we’ve been packing, selling and donating things, paring down, and planning our hearts out.

I had my last day at work earlier this week, which filled me with melancholy. There’s so much of that feeling right now, as we prepare to say goodbye to so much that we love: family, close friends, and an incredible city. The rest of this week has been a daze of organising madness and yet, Dan and I have been trying to inject it with moments of relaxation by taking breaks for smoothies and walks by the river, sunny (sweaty) runs, lots of time with friends, afternoons at the beach and – this morning – pancakes for breakfast.

Sweetcorn Pancakes

Sweetcorn, as I’m sure you are well aware, is at its peak right now — maybe even passing its peak — and we are doing our best to consume as much as possible. Dan bought a dozen cobs from a farm stand the other day and since then there have been tacos filled with grilled corn salsa and many evenings where we just eat it plain off the cob. (Other corn favourites include arepas and these moreish sweetcorn fritters.) This morning we decided something sweeter was in order.

I have America to thank for bringing pancakes into my life. I never ate them growing up (unless it was Shrove Tuesday, and that’s a very different kind of pancake). Since living here I’ve experimented with blueberry cornmeal pancakes, buckwheat pancakes, pumpkin spice pancakesfresh cranberry cornmeal pancakes, and many more that never made it to this blog. Now, we have sweetcorn pancakes which I know I’ll carry on making wherever we live. Thanks, America.

Sweetcorn Pancake

Sweetcorn Pancakes

These pancakes are sweetly studded with corn throughout so you might decide to reduce the amount of sugar used in the recipe. I like a sweet breakfast pancake so I loved them like this – Dan prefers something a little more savoury and said he could have used less sugar. I’ll let you decide.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup / 4oz / 113g wholewheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Large pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup / 4oz/ 118ml unsweetened almond milk
  • 2.5 tbsp canola oil
  • Heaping 1/2 cup / 2.9oz / 82g of cooked sweetcorn kernels (from about 2 cobs)

Directions

  1. Combine the sugars, flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl and mix well. Slowly add the almond milk and oil, then the corn, mixing just until the mixture is smooth. If it’s too thick, add a little more almond milk. Set aside to rest for a moment.
  2. Heat a large pan over medium-high heat and add enough oil to coat the bottom. Ladle some batter into the hot pan and allow to sit until bubbles appear, about four minutes. Flip and cook on the other side for another few minutes. Serve with maple syrup. Makes two pancakes.
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Stephanie Meyer August 23, 2013 at 10:13 am

Angharad, I’m very sad you’re moving your lovely self to London, although so excited for you and Dan. It has been a pleasure to know you, I will miss seeing you! I hope you’ll keep blogging so we can follow along on your adventures – cooking, traveling, settling in, and then running around London. Best, huge wishes to you both! xoxo Stephanie

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Evan August 23, 2013 at 10:52 am

Congratulations! Can’t wait to see what recipes you’ll share from across the pond.

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Kathryn August 23, 2013 at 11:21 am

I’m glad that you guys are getting some downtime to enjoy your last few weeks before you head over here and that you will be single-handedly bringing proper pancakes to the UK!

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Shaina August 23, 2013 at 11:23 am

I am sad to see you go, but I look forward to reading about your adventures in London. I am certain your time there will be filled with wonderful things to eat. Safe travels and best wishes!

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Holly August 23, 2013 at 11:24 am

You know I am just over the moon about this (the pancakes…not you moving to London, of course ;)

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emily (a nutritionist eats) August 23, 2013 at 12:48 pm

So excited for your new adventure and can’t wait to follow along!

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John F August 23, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Good luck with your move, and can’t wait for an update.

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Stephanie August 23, 2013 at 11:57 pm

Congratulations — what an exciting move! I can’t wait to hear all about your new life and many delicious meals in London. (:

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Marisa August 25, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Wow, wow, WOW!!!!!!!! I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am for you!! What a wonderful new adventure and chapter in your life. I imagine you are excited to be closer to your own friends and family – I know what it is like to live far away from home. And there comes a time when you simply must go back :) I can’t wait to see what shape your blog continues on in as you transition to a life in London. Can’t WAIT to see! And can I just say – I’m a tad green with envy!!

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Nikki Navratil August 26, 2013 at 11:34 am

Best of luck to you both & blessings for the next chapter of your life!

These pancakes look great, too. :)

– Nikki

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Amrita August 26, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Let me just start by telling you that you’ll absolutely love London. You’ll love it when you walk all the way to the City Hall from Tower Bridge while gobbling on a gelato that you’ll probably buy from a gelateria in one of the narrow alley ways. You’ll love the TATE. You’ll love China Town. And after a few months, you’ll even start loving the tube station at 7 p.m. in the evening, when people rub up against you and are almost ready to push you onto the tracks. True story.

You’ll love it. London’s awesome that way.

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Laurie @ Relishing It August 27, 2013 at 9:16 am

My heart is too heavy to write very much. Just know that I will miss you very much. :( xo

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Kate August 28, 2013 at 9:30 pm

Such exciting news! I can’t wait to see drool worthy foodie photos of London! And random, I know, but I’d love to read about the more logistical and practical issues of the move—-we’re looking at grad school in London, and I’m flummoxed about the logistics of moving stuff across the ocean! Do we bring our mattress? Can we even buy king size sheets in England? What about our cat? Et. al/ :\

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Mommy Lisa March 20, 2014 at 7:51 pm

I apparently dropped off the earth when they closed Google Reader and lost you. I am sorry you are gone from my Minneapolis, but I see you are doing well across the pond. ;)

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