F 1 D 0 - 2002 11 28 at 2145 Flour and Water. Sometimes I get a bee in my bonnet. For nearly a year, I've been trying to make Finnish Pancakes just like they do here in Thunder Bay. I don't try too often. Being the kind of man who eats his mistakes, as well as eating his words, I'd end up eating far too much ruined pancake stuff. Ann came in after dinner, and probably joking, asked what kind of pudding I'd make for dessert. Well, I'd already started making the pancake stuff. Here is the recipe I started with. http://www.stonehaven-innova.on.ca/klutz/pancake.html Finnish Pancakes INGREDIENTS two eggs 2 tbsp sugar (or to taste) pinch of salt 6 cups milk all-purpose flour (approx. 2 cups) butter METHOD Beat eggs, sugar and salt in large bowl until thoroughly mixed. Add milk and mix thoroughly. Beat in flour gradually until batter begins to thicken...you want it just right - not too runny or too heavy. Heat a frying pan to medium-high (a cast iron pan is recommended). Coat pan liberally with butter and pour in batter (about 1 cup) to cover 3/4 of the bottom; tilt pan to cover bottom evenly. When bubbles appear on top, flip pancake over. Don't burn - colour should be golden brown on top and medium brown on bottom when removed from pan. Keep warm in a warming tray or an oven-safe platter on stovetop, on low heat, while you continue. re-coat pan with butter and repeat procedure until you have a stack of fantastic pancakes! Here are some personal notes from me. 1. I made only half this recipe. And it was still far far far too many pancakes for two people. 2. I found it *very* runny, and added 3tb extra flour. 3. The pan I used was a nonstick Ikea pan (STEKA). The oil beaded up instantly, and didn't really help the pancake process as much as I wanted. So after a couple of failed ones, I stirred in more than 4 oz of oil into the batter. I was surprised how it remained suspended. 4. Be patient. These are very thin and when they're even a little underdone, they turn to scrambled egg if you attempt to turn it early. Or something. But if you wait for them to begin smoking, then count 1. 2. 3. ... 58. 59. 60! And then release it from the pan and flip it, it remains together. Yes, it is darker than I'd like. Ann noticed as well. But it came out just right. 5. These pancakes are *not* diet food. They seem to be happy to absorb as much fat as chicken legs render. Okay, not that much, but these seemed to be very greasy, just like the kind we actually get at Hoito. Butter tastes better, but sticks too. Last time I tried this, I didn't use a recipe, but simply made a batter like I remember from my mother making at home. Kind of thick batter, with occasional lumps. This was okay, as it usually was just fine. Well, it made the same kind of pancakes too; about 3/4 of an inch high, wooden coloured on one side, light with bubble holes on the other. I have to dig out my waffle maker. They are no more diet food than the Finn Pancakes, but I think it is about time I got into making some. 6. Get the fire right. That was one of the hardest things for me. It would seem like common sense to turn the heat down, and just make them for longer. Nope. That won't do it. The heat has to be hot enough to that the batter doesn't cool the pan. If it does, the butter finds its way on top of the pancake and it *really* sticks. Even on my nonstick pan. On the other side, if it is too hot, I can only imagine the nonstick coating bubbling and ruining my future forever. On my stove, I used about a 70% intensity. As I ladle the stuff, it hisses violently, and the edges begin to stick right away. But the fat fries it, and that seems to be the key. In other news, I'm getting my stamina back. Today I worked out briefly, four times. The deal is I increase a minute each time. When I'm healthy, all I want to do is work out, dance, exercise, and be active. But at this time, I'm in bad shape, at least for me, and so it is a beginning each day. This afternoon, I decided that I Am Going To Do This Right Now. I ran for eight minutes. I finish by drinking a measured 8 oz of water, and setting the timer for 15 minutes. When it buzzes, I return. This time for NINE minutes. Same deal, then ten, then eleven. Now, this isn't entirely fair, as I'm delaying the work out when I'm doing other domestic things here. But I won't turn off the buzzer until I get back into running. I'm thinking that when I'm at 20 minutes, part of the routine will involve running OUTSIDE. I'm hoping the stamina returns soon. Some of you reading this are doing better than me. You runners (Ohio, and United Kingdom) understand how important this is, to continue making progress after a time away from it. I'll say this: my body temperature is better when I'm active. I get warm and I stay warm. Here is the menu for the "Portraits" opening at the Magnus Theatre on Saturday 5-7pm. Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Assorted Sausage Bites Cheese Tray Sweet Tray I'll be trying to entertain you on keyboard. Please come. Thunder Bay isn't far. Corner of Algoma and Red River Road. Earlier today I was thinking about things which were truly important. Okay, not truly important, but made good writing material. The ideas didn't sound ordinary. But I didn't take the time to write them down for you, so I hope to have something brilliant for next time around. Oh. Yesterday, in honour of American Thanksgiving Day, I picked up a frozen utility turkey. For all of you enjoying family time, or time with friends I send holiday greetings. For you who somehow managed to be on your own, and are feeling alone (the kind of alone that also happens at Christmas and New Years Eve) I send special greetings. Lonely holidays can suck. I hope life gets better. Some of you have had your fill of the holidays before they start. Holidays just mean extra work at home, and dealing with people who can never be satisfied. It becomes a day off for everyone. Everyone but you. Remember it isn't Hell. But maybe Purgatory. Runners! Let me know how the running (or walking) on Thanksgiving works out. Hey, there are some of you who won't do the family get together thing because it is never fun. Go and distract your partner. There will be plenty of time to play games on the computer. Block the monitor with your body. Or take a lesson from one of the cats and interfere with the keyboard in a friendly way. Besides, you will be happiest doing things familiar. It might be Thanksgiving, but you can Still Order Chinese Food. Have I forgotten anyone? Yep. I always do. That's all I know.