Life with the mister is never boring...though sometimes maddening...for example, recently the mister was chauffeuring me to Michael's Craft Store and we were sitting at a very busy intersection when the mister said he was dizzy and he was going to vomit. I gave him perfect advice, DON'T! He chose not to listen. Instead he told me he and the car were spinning and he was really going to vomit...then he started to heave...so I quickly emptied out a plastic bag and handed it to him...no use getting the car dirty, right? But the vomiting was secondary...he was still driving - up and over curbs and I was screaming, in my nicest-ever scream voice, STOP THE CAR!!! He finally did. He then opened the car door, jumped out and ran, plastic bag waving in the wind, to the dirt island to vomit and collapsed onto the ground! I was still sitting in the car watching this drama unfold when I heard myself yell to the mister, "Don't puke in public!" I know, I know...but I was in somewhat of a state of confusion!! I came to my senses, got out of the car, and ran over to the mister but by the time I got there he had two women on either side of him asking him questions and they had already called 9-1-1. The mister was extremely pale, sweating profusely and seemed confused...it was all a bit surreal and as one shopper after another passed by they all stopped and soon the mister was surrounded by women and someone said, "Sir, are you here alone?" I politely raised my hand and said, "He's with me!" The ambulance arrived, the paramedics took control and shooed away all of the women...and they asked him if he was alone... Hello!!! I'm still standing here, 12-inches away!! Why no one could see me is still a mystery! They asked the mister all kinds of questions, helped him into the ambulance where they kept him for 30 minutes - taking his blood pressure, asking him to recite his entire medical history and the cute paramedic said, "Some guys will do anything to keep from going to Michaels with their wife!" Everyone's a comedian! The mister laughed and seemed to be doing a bit better until they said they needed to transport him. He then found his voice and in true mister fashion he said, "You're not taking me anywhere! I'm not going to a damn hospital!" I was then told I could drive him he had to go to the ER - his symptoms were definitely weird enough to require a closer look and his blood pressure was 166 over 110! Here's the upshot...I did drive the mister to the ER, with him complaining the entire way. Once there he was hooked up to all the machines for 4 hours when finally the ER doc said the mister had an undiagnosed sinus infection that caused pressure in his ears, which caused vertigo, vomiting and sweating...we left the ER with a prescription for an antibiotic ...for which we could have purchased for $20 but will probably be charged $3,500. See? Not boring.
When we got home I took pity on the mister...which makes him pitiful, no? I decided to make Japanese Style Pancakes, only the fluffiest, most tender pancakes we have ever had. They are a bit of work, but dang worth it!
You will need round metal cookie cutters or molds, and you can use any size you like. I used three different sizes, 5-inch, 4 1/2-inch and 4-inch cutters. Egg whites that have been whipped until they are stiff are what make these pancakes so light and fluffy.
Once the pancakes have browned on one side, they are flipped to the other. They are easily released from the cutters (because you grease them first and every time!) I chose to use a large frying pan but you could also use a griddle.
Just take a moment and let your eyes feast upon them...they are thick, tender and light - you are going to love them! Serve them to your most pitiful child/husband or just make them for yourself when you need something comforting to lift your spirits - these will definitely do the trick - scrambled eggs are optional! (There are many recipes for Japanese Style Pancakes online - most of them called for Japanese Mayonnaise as an ingredient, of which I was fresh out! A lot of the recipes had pancakes that turned out with an almost tofu texture, very spongy and maybe that's how real Japanese pancakes are supposed to be but I wanted a thick and fluffy pancake - where the insides looked and tasted like the pancakes we all know and love. This recipe provided that - it's dang good, as in 5 dangs worth!)
Japanese Style Pancakes - Adapted From Food Network Kitchens
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups milk
4 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled, plus more for serving
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg yolk plus 3 large egg whites
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
nonstick cooking spray
maple syrup, for serving
You will need metal cookie cutters or ring molds to make these and they need to be at least 1/2-inch high
In a large bowl whisk together the flour, confectioners' sugar, baking powder and salt. In a medium bowl whisk together the milk, melted butter, vanilla and egg yolk until combined. In the bowl of an electric mixer (or use a large bowl that can accommodate a hand mixer), beat the egg whites and cream of tartar on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form, about 2 minutes. Stir the milk mixture into the flour mixture until just combined (it's OK if there are a few lumps). Stir one-third of the beaten egg whites into the flour-milk mixture. Then gently fold in the remaining egg whites until just combined (take care not to overmix).
Lightly spray the inside of the cookie cutters/molds you are going to use. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Coat with nonstick cooking spray. Put the prepared ring molds in the middle of the skillet and fill each with 1/2 cup of batter (it should fill each ring mold about halfway). Cover the skillet with the lid and cook until the batter rises to the tops of the ring molds and is golden on the bottom, about 5 minutes. Release the bottom of the pancakes with a spatula. Grasp the sides of the ring molds with tongs to stabilize them and then carefully flip. Cover and cook until golden on the other side, about 5 minutes more. Transfer to a plate and remove the mold. Serve with butter and maple syrup. Lightly spray the ring molds and coat the skillet with nonstick cooking spray and repeat the cooking method with the remaining batter.
These pancakes are definitely worthy of a special occasion breakfast or bunch - make them on Easter morning or Mother's Day - you won't be disappointed!