Saturday, January 31, 2009

Pancakes and some music

For the last 2 weeks I've been adhering to a new diet called Macrobiotics. It is pretty complicated, so for simplicity's sake I will say that it is basically like being vegan, except you eat sea vegetables a lot, and you can eat fish. It's also about balance, so it's not super restrictive and there is no holier-than-thou attitude about it. Anyway this morning I made amazing vegan pancakes that I found at It's a very simple recipe:

1 c. plus 2 tbsp whole wheat flour
1 tbsp brown sugar (I used dark brown)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp applesauce
1 c. plus 2 tbsp water or soy milk (I used vanilla soy milk - it added a nice extra bit of sweetness)

Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Then add the applesauce and water/soy milk and stir well, until batter drips from a spoon but is not runny. Heat the griddle or frying pan and spray with olive oil or cooking spray. When the pan is hot, ladle the batter onto it. Flip the pancakes over when they bubble a little bit on the edges. Keep them warm in the oven or microwave while you cook the rest of them. This recipe makes 8 medium-sized pancakes. They are delicious plain or even with a tiny bit of Peanut Butter & Co. peanut butter spread on them.

I enjoyed my pancakes with some Iron and Wine too, who I've been obsessed with for the past week or so. I even learned 2 songs on the guitar, and am trying to work my way up to the finger picking - although it is hard to know where to start with that. I guess it'll be best to just dive right in! I've also been listening a lot lately to Neko Case and The New Pornographers, and I highly recommend TNP's album Twin Cinema and Neko Case's album Fox Confessor Brings the Flood.

So there you go - a new recipe and some music recommendations! How do you like that.

Also, happy new era with President Obama.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

syntax: challenge!

A friend of mine mentioned this exercise on his website ( and I thought I'd try it in the waning minutes of my Tuesday. Basically, you take a couple sentences you've written recently (I used the beginning of my last blog post), and then you mix up all the words and add new punctuation. It's an exercise that challenges syntax, and ultimately challenges you to see outside the box. Here is what I got:

Day here: the impending woo in I flew my Thursday out of last Chicago. Early night I to heard midway—about on Thursday a flight was of the ones. Leave snowstorm airport! Am apparently night; Florida I on Well when one?

My favorite is the last line. It seems to me like I subconsciously asked Florida if I should move there.

If you partake in the challenge, please post your exercises as comments. How fascinating!