Plan B

Today was one of those days. So much work, yet so little progress.

A handful of boxes were packed, leaving the house seeming so.very.cluttered. I can handle dirt and dust, but clutter is enough to drive me crazy.

Phone calls were made, trying to figure out why it is taking well over a month to get our washing machine fixed. Despite a good 45 minutes spent talking to multiple different people, it still remains a mystery.

A quiche was planned for dinner and right from the get-go it was ill-fated. Ewan was underfoot in our tiny galley kitchen (two weeks until a bigger kitchen!!!), the oven was preheating making our steamy apartment even hotter, and the crust just wasn’t cooperating, despite following Virginia’s tried-and-tested recipe.

I threw in the towel, literally, and knew that I had to come up with a Plan B. And, based on the rumblings in that pregnant tummy of mine and the cries from the babe now on my back, I knew I didn’t have long.

A quick glance in the freezer and through the recipe box and the day, well dinner at least, was saved.

My standby pancake recipe with strawberry sauce.

Plan B Pancakes

In the morning or as a dinner, these pancakes do double duty. If you like your pancakes plain, this recipe can’t be beat, the vanilla and cinnamon add just enough flavor to keep them interesting without the usual accompaniments. But if you’re feeling extra fancy (or your day has been particularly crappy), top them with strawberry sauce like we did.


  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp. oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Milk (dairy, soy or rice), until desired consistency


  • In a large bowl mix together dry ingredients.
  • Add eggs, vanilla, and oil and mix lightly.
  • Add milk, slowly, stirring in between additions until your batter is of desired consistency. We like pancakes on the thin side around here, so we add more milk. If you like yours thick and fluffy, add less.
  • Cook on the griddle.
  • Top with strawberry sauce, butter and maple syrup, or enjoy them plain. It’s up to you!

So, if you find yourself at that pre-dinner hour in a bit of a jam like I was, whip up a batch of pancakes to save the day. Dare I say that I think my Plan B was even better than the quiche would have been. Yes, I do think that one thing went right today.