Every move is like a lightning

Last week, Alex and I were craving pancakes but wanted something a little different from our usual carrot cake pancakes. I had one ripe banana and not much else… so I whipped up a batch of these plain pancakes that we ate with vegan butter and maple syrup, with a side of tempeh bacon. So delicious!

Perfect Pancakes
Serves 2
Perfect, fluffy pancakes, ready to be topped with your favorite toppings!
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327 calories
68 g
0 g
3 g
8 g
0 g
317 g
596 g
12 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 327
Calories from Fat 7
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 596mg
Total Carbohydrates 68g
Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 12g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 banana
  2. 1-1/2 C almond milk
  3. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  4. 1/2 Tbsp liquid sweetener (such as maple syrup or agave syrup)
  5. 1 C whole wheat flour
  6. 2 tsp baking powder
  7. 1/2 tsp salt
  8. 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  9. 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  1. Mash banana in a small bowl.
  2. Add the milk, vanilla, and sweetener. Mix to combine.
  3. In a large bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, salt, and spices.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry. Stir well to combine, being careful not to overmix.
  5. In an oiled, preheat skillet/griddle, add batter in scant 1/4 cup scoops. Cook in batches of three or four at a time (being careful not to overcrowd the skillet) for about 4 minutes (or until the tops look mostly cooked), then flip and cook until lightly browned, 2 more minutes.
  6. Keep on a plate covered with tin foil until ready to eat. Serve with your favorite pancake toppings, such as warm fruit compote, coconut creme whipped cream with fresh fruit, or vegan butter with pure maple syrup.
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This recipe makes about eight 6-inch pancakes.

Many names

These are the names I call my cat:

Cat sitting atop bookcase, staring into ceiling light.

  • Dixon
  • Dixie
  • Dix
  • Cat
  • Kitty
  • Kitty Face
  • Kitty Butt
  • Dixie Face
  • Dixie Butt
  • Butter Bean
  • Butt Bean
  • Butt Face
  • Kiska (from the Russian киска, meaning “kitty”)
  • Kiska Face
  • Kiska Butt
  • Butt
  • Bunny
  • Bunny Butt
  • Zayats (from the Russian заяц, meaning “hare” or “rabbit”)
  • Zai

This list has been seven years in the making.

But above and beyond there’s still one name left over,
And that is the name that you never will guess;
The name that no human research can discover–
But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.
When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:
His ineffable effable
Deep and inscrutable singular Name.

— T.S. Eliot, “The Naming of Cats”

Life is all aglow

Last weekend, I went a little crazy and decided that it was a good idea to spend all of Sunday cooking. I decided to make 9 dishes that I would refrigerate or freeze and use throughout the week for dinners and lunches:

Alex and I have been enjoying the fruits of my labor all week! (And continue to do so, in fact. There are plenty of leftovers that will probably carry into the next week.) It’s super satisfying being able to come home after work, choose an entree, and have it ready to eat in under 10 minutes. It’s also been nice not having dinner leftovers for lunch the next day. (As they say, variety is the spice of life!) However, it was slightly annoying spending hours at the supermarket and then many more hours on my feet in the kitchen. It did free up my time in the evenings, though, to make desserts. And, man, I love me some desserts! (My current favorite is the raspberry peach cobbler from Isa Does It. It calls for frozen peaches and raspberries so you can have this wonderfully summery dessert even in the middle of a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad winter.)