It has been an odd winter here in Kansas. The weather has been unseasonably warm. We haven’t had the normal hard freezes, cold, and snow that we are accustomed to. I’m wondering if that is part of the reason we have had more illness than usual. Whatever the reason, there is another bout of “flu” or something that has plagued many of the inhabitants of my home! I knew that I had one home with the flu yesterday when I got off work (later than my norm). I also knew that meant I didn’t have to worry about her dietary restrictions or needs when thinking about supper. I knew that the two nights prior had not been faves for the two little ones. With all of those things in mind I opted to make ‘breakfast for dinner’. The hubs asked if I could make O’Brian potatoes in addition to whatever eggs I might make and (wait for it) pancakes. I knew that I had green pepper on hand from the Sausage and Peppers a few nights ago. I almost always have an onion on hand. No sweat. O’Brian potatoes would be on the menu.
When I got home I started the prep for the potatoes right away. It was already getting into evening, and the Jayhawks played basketball at 8. I washed and microwaved some red potatoes. While they were cooking I cleaned my green pepper and diced it into a bowl. I was going to microwave it, also. I added a little bit of oil to a skillet and when the potatoes came out of the microwave, I diced them into the skillet. I popped the pepper into the microwave and started dicing the onion. I knew that the girls wouldn’t want too much of either so I only used about ½ of a green pepper for 5 medium potatoes, and ¼ of an onion. While all of this was going on I asked daughter number 3 if she wanted to read me the recipe for the “chocolate chocolate chip pancakes” that had been such a hit with them. She not only started reading the recipe, she got out a bowl and started gathering ingredients! I was so excited that she was going to make the pancakes.
When the peppers were soft, I tossed them into the skillet with the potatoes and put the onions in the microwave.
Daughter number 3 discovered that we were out of chocolate soy milk, and only had vanilla. We were also out of chocolate chips, but had white baking chips. We kept all of the other ingredients the same, switching out the chocolate soymilk and chocolate chips for the vanilla and white.
As I heated up the griddle for the pancakes, I asked the girls what kind of eggs they wanted. Daughter number 3 wanted hard-boiled (hard-cooked, as my father calls them) and daughter number 4 wanted scrambled. I had some hard-boiled eggs in the fridge so that was no added effort. I whipped up some eggs for scrambled eggs and put on another skillet. I sprayed it with non-stick spray.
My kitchen helper was awesome! She learned how to tell when a pancake is ready to flip, and how to gently slide the spatula under the pancake without mangling it, to flip it! She heated up the syrup and then helped me plate the food to deliver to the table. She told her daddy that she was his waitress. She even took his drink order and fixed him that glass of milk that he asked for!
As I was finishing up the pancakes, the hubs took his first bite of pancake. He has never been a huge fan of “breakfast for dinner” and pancakes are not his first choice of breakfast food. “Wow!” was all I heard.
When I sat down at the table he asked me where I got the recipe for the cookie dough pancakes. I informed him that I had made up the chocolate chocolate chip pancake recipe a few weeks ago, adapting it from a couple of other recipes that I had found. I adapted this one from that one. “Wow! These taste like cookie dough. These are the best pancakes I have ever had.” He also liked the potatoes and scrambled eggs. Both of the girls liked the pancakes, and daughter number 4 also liked the potatoes. Daughter number 3 is NOT a fan of peppers in food, so there was no surprise that she wouldn’t eat them!
All in all, the “breakfast for dinner” was a huge success, made even sweeter by the new adaptation of my already awesome pancakes into what the hubs has named “cookie dough pancakes”. I’ll stick with that name. I like it. He did say later that he would have to try the chocolate chocolate chip version. Hm. This may be a turning point for him.
I’m sure “cookie dough pancakes” will be just as good for breakfast as they are for supper!