Flop or Fantastic?Posted: June 4, 2008
My first cookbook I’m sharing from is The Ex-Boyfriend Cook Book by Erin Ergenbright and Thisbe Nissen.
This is a storybook cookbook where each recipe is accompanied by an anecdote on the ex-b that went with it. These ladies can sure tell a tale! I had a hard time putting it down it was so amusing!
I decided to try the recipe for Wesley Kresbaugh’s Cottage Cheese Pancakes on page 36 as my neighbor had cleaned out her fridge and given me her cottage cheese the day before. It’s a straight forward enough recipe calling for 3 eggs, 1 c. cottage cheese, 2 Tble. oil, 1/4 c. flour, and 1/4 tsp. salt. You give the eggs a whirl in your food processor, add the cottage cheese and whirl that too, then whirl what’s left in too. Cook on a hot griddle and serve.
Nice and easy, right? sigh… I started by using whole wheat flour. No prob. I don’t have a food processor so I used my blender. No biggie. I heat my griddle and as I’m getting ready to pour the first one on my handsome hubby walks through the door and into the kitchen. Great! “What’s for dinner?” asks he. “Cottage cheese pancakes” I answer with a smile. “Oh.” says he with a scowl. At this point with a sinking heart I am reminded that my husband does not like cottage cheese. “Oh, well, at least they’re pancakes and are sweet and won’t taste like cottage cheese,” he tosses over his shoulder as he wanders into the living room.
Let’s review, shall we? Eggs, cottage cheese, oil, flour, salt. Something sweet? Nope. I quickly scanned the kitchen for a remedy as my bland first pancake rested goldenly on the griddle. Bananas and cinnamon quickly get blended into the mix in an attempt to rectify the situation. I pour on the second pancake. Erik and the baby eat the first bland, non-sweetened pancake and declare it good as the second pancakes scorches itself to the pan. ARG!
At this point, I don’t think any of us cared how it tasted as long as we could finally eat, but mercifully it was good. I wouldn’t even mind making it again in the oven although I might double the batch then to make it a little thicker.