It's 12 days counting down to the morning that I will be in the most discomfort zone in 23 years, but I am very thankful I have many friends, family and also readers who provided advices & encouragement. I'm not a frequent traveler, so I am very thankful for every time I get to travel, because I have been spending most of my time working for my own business, earning bucks, giving allowances, and finally the time has came for me to put down everything in SG and to explore the other side of Mother Earth. I could sense that Mom is talking more to me these days and constantly reminding myself to take care of myself when I'm there and also checking on if I have all my stuff ready. I'm very, very thankful that my parents are in full-force support for what I love to do, I'm counting my blessings :")
First time travelling to a foreign land, living a new culture, meeting new people from around the world.. and all are something I am going to experience and though I sound so excited, deep down there are so many things I worry, and I know it would not be an all smooth journey too, but from all these I hope I will learn and come back stronger! I hope I can find myself while getting lost. Thank you D, for those words of encouragement, treasure it a lot! I'll also be documenting my journey here, so that one day when I look back, I can relieve the moment and see what was running through my mind.
"I know its scary Wini, but trust me, you'll have a good time and good memories and come out stronger than ever."
There's something about the aesthetics of waffles and pancakes that cannot go wrong, they just look especially pleasing, especially when they are stacked - even if they are naked.
But I can't have my pancakes naked, toppings are blessings! Even the simplest ones work. I have been sticking religiously to greek yogurt as my pancakes toppings.. and that day I realised my fridge have 3 boxes of untouched blueberries?? So, why waste? Made blueberry compote with my greek yogurt (oh that royal purple while you're cooking it, omg loveeee), I like how it gives it a refreshing taste, and berries has so much health beneficiaries, tastes great, I can't find any reason to dislike it. If there's any form of dairy I would crave, greek yogurt would be my first choice, its super healthy for our body anyway! Other than that, I know I've sinned, once in a while, but for this, I happily sin. okay.. I'm getting lazy to describe these browned butter pancakes because there's nothing you would hate about browned butter, right? That butter fragrance and fluffily light pancakes - is it the yogurt inside that makes its texture?? Enlighten me!
Browned Butter Pancakes
(Recipe partially adapted from www.urbanbakes.com. Makes about 8-10 layers)
1 cup fresh blueberries
1/8 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg, lightly beaten
10 tablespoons salted butter, sliced
Blueberry Compote (Above)
In medium saucepan, bring all compote ingredients to a boil for 1 minute. Mash about half of the blueberries to release its juice. Decrease heat and allow to simmer until syrup has thickened, about 8 to 10 minutes.
Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together flour, 1 tablespoon sugar, baking powder and baking soda. Lightly beat in buttermilk and egg. Batter may be slightly lumpy. Do not over mix.
In a skillet over medium-high heat, melt 1 tablespoon of salted butter until it becomes a golden brown and has a nutty aroma, about 1 minute. Then, gently pour about 1/4 cup of batter into center of pan to form a uniform 4-inch circle of batter.
Once the popping of bubbles from pancakes has begun to cease and you clearly see a brown ring formed from the edge of the pancake when slightly raised by a spatula, decrease heat to medium-low and flip. Cook bottom side for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Remove pancake from pan and onto a plate.
Continue the above steps until all of the batter has been used. Top each pancake with a spoonful of yogurt, blueberry compote & dried cranberries, and you're done!