It was one of those weekends where there wasn’t too much planned. I had an accidental 2am solo date to Burger Fuel after escaping a friend's leaving party when things were descending into debauchery on the dance floor. And there was a slight hangover on Saturday morning, the first in ages, and there were some random chance encounters, some café visits, and some karaoke. Sunday was a dream: a pancake party on the front lawn of a villa, under a pink tree, with a mixture of toppings, plenty of coffee, spring sunshine, and really great conversation. Ideas, creative pursuits, terrible dating stories, just so much good stuff. We talked about small gatherings a la Kinfolk magazine. We talked about beautiful food journals and publishing. We talked about Auckland, and it’s woeful lack of bars we want to go to. And also health and travelling and dinner parties, and it filled me with inspiration, and hope, and happiness. That sounds cheesy but it was just really freaking great.
The karaoke the night before involved plenty of belting out hits with a bunch of great people. I came close to perfecting the Jay-Z part of Empire State of Mind, but it wasn’t about my rapping, or being good, it was about just getting ridiculous, and singing terribly, and dancing even worse. Afterwards I discovered I’d of course left my car lights on, distracted probably by wearing high heels, or laughing at my sister, so when the time came to drive home, despair struck. I was saved by the karaoke kings, and after some top-notch jumper-leading and not too much drama at all, I successfully drove home really grateful for great people. The pancakes and the sun and the 4 hours of inspiring conversation that followed the next day topped it off.
World's Best Pancakes
These have been adapted by the beautiful and talented Rebekah, who was the lady behind the frying pan on Sunday. The original recipe is here, from Runners World.
1 cup white flour
1/2 cup wholemeal flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup unsweetened yoghurt
1 cup milk
1 tbsp rice bran oil
1 tsp vanilla essence
Mix dry ingredients and wet ingredients together separately, then fold together. Cook over medium heat, brushing a little butter over the frying pan between batches.
Makes enough for four. Rebekah states: I normally make half the recipe because I'm cooking for two (or just me and I'm greedy for pancakes).
My stack there had homemade dark chocolate sauce and bananas, then thinly sliced pear and coconut yoghurt, then freshly cracked walnuts from Gisborne, and maaaaaaple syrup. Heaps of it.
More weekends like this please.