South African in Macau

So at the beginning of this week it was so rainy in Macau.   It was 7 degrees C outside which South Africans consider really cold and I was feeling miserable – I don’t particularly like it when cold and rain are mixed together.  Then I remembered that back in South Africa when growing up mom used to make pancakes when it was raining.  So I decided to make some pancakes for us to cheer us up.  As a bonus I was speaking to my mom on the phone while I was making them and it was just really soothing and relaxing.  We have a nice and big pan so my pancakes were huge but I didn’t care because they were going to be delicious.  By the end of the batch I realised we don’t have dinner yet so on mom’s suggestion I grabbed some mince and made a tomato and oregano mince for us and filled three pancakes with it, topped off with cheese of course.  For the rest of the pancakes I did a generous cinnamon and sugar mix.

My husband really enjoyed it and we were feeling better by the end of eating it all, it’s as if a balance in our South African hearts was restored and life looked a bit better listening to the sound of raindrops pattering on the window ever so faintly.


Mom’s pancake recipe

2 C Flour

2 Eggs

30 ml Vegetable oil/butter (I use oil)

600 ml Milk

2 ml Baking powder

Pinch of salt

Vegetable oil for baking

  1. Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Mix together the eggs, milk and oil in another bowl.
  3. Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients while continuously stirring or whisking (I tend to mix large volumes of wet ingredients into dry with a whisk to better incorporate it and ensure that there are no lumps)
  4. Warm a medium sized frying pan on medium heat, add a drop of oil and spread it evenly on the surface, pour a bit of mixture onto the pan, ensuring it spreads to the edges by tilting the pan in a circular motion and bake.  Flip it once the dough seems to be firming up and you’re able to flip it without it braking.  It is usually takes one or two test ones to gauge if the temperature and everything is just right and then you’re good to go.



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