Best of Meatless Monday 2012: Pumpkin Pancakes with Cranberry Compote!

I recently read an excerpt from “The life you were born to live.” Apparently my dream life has a number: 41/5. What I read sort of explains my mild obsession with women from The Bay Area–but that’s a whole other post. Long story short, according to numerology, being a fastidious anal workaholic is exactly how I should be. What a coincidence…

Creative was also one of the principal qualities, (mental high five) and I know I got this one down! But the flip side is my needing to be super organized. While I feel like yeah I should be, I have not been keen to stick to it because, well maybe I’m suffering some past trauma. Like being made fun of in my childhood for exclusively using an ice cream scoop when scooping vegan ice cream, no matter how long it takes, to the point that one time the ice cream melted. And to be fair and honest that happened like 3 times, max! However, certain people won’t let me live that down- to that, then I say it’s your gilt! For stopping what’s natural! I like organization! Alphabetized dry storage in a kitchen makes me wanna dance around like a 12 year old girl. (Ahem.)

I’ve talked about my feelings, or at least eluded to them before here, so from that comes this. I am taking a new comfort in my weirdness. It’s so cozy. Besides, why would they make all these things if we didn’t need them? *blank stare* Anyway, I also want to get back into kickboxing because apparently I need an “ aggressive competitive sport.” All great but kicking people in the head these day would just be, well, fun.

So thank you numerology for proving what I’ve always known; sometimes you have to let the ice cream melt! It’s collateral damage in this war on chaos. I mean fork marks in the ice cream. Really?

Like I said last week, I will be exploring dishes other than soup this cold season, soooo. This is a “The waffle iron broke and so I made an interpretation” twist on my Pumpkin Spice Waffles with Cranberry Compote. I also, in my haste, forgot to add the usual round of pumpkin spices and the result was a light pumpkin taste and I let the cranberries do the talking.

Pumpkin Waffles
1 1/2 cups soy milk
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 egg replacer
2 tablespoons melted vegan butter
2 tablespoons light vinegar
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda

Technique:

Step one: In a bowl, mix together the milk, pumpkin, egg replacer, oil and vinegar.

Step two: In a separate bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir into the pumpkin mixture just enough to combine.
Step three: Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.

Pumpkin Orange Compote
1 bag fresh cranberries (16 oz)
2 cups orange juice
1 ½ cups sugar
½ teaspoon orange zest

Technique:

Step one:
In a medium sauce pan over medium high heat place cranberries in then cover with orange juice and add sugar. bring to a boil and cover reduce flame. Allow to reduce to a thick jam like consistency 6-10 minutes. Spoon hot over hot waffles with maple syrup. Make you wanna slap somebody!

Till next week, take care and let me know in a comment if you like the recipe.

-A

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