Thursday, November 5, 2009

Blueberry Cottage Cheese Pancakes: A Farewell Meal



The sun has set on our time in Alaska. After four years, Noah and I are moving on. Saying goodbye to this place has been harder than any other, and the only salve is the fact that we have a literal sea of possibilities before us. Don’t ask where we’re moving to; the answer to that question is still ironing itself out, but I’ll let you know when we find our new home.

In the meantime, Food-G is hitting the road! I’ll be sharing our stories and meals with you from the Northwest, Florida, and even the Caribbean through the next coupla months. Tally HO sailors! We are pulling anchor and FLAVOR AWAITS!

...Back in Juneau, when the time came to clear out our freezer, I found a bag of blueberries I had picked back in August. It’s hard to compare the intensity of an Alaskan Blueberry to those of the Lower 48. They are so much more tart, more intense, so full of dark juice-- I’ve got quite a few ruined tee shirts to prove it. They stain your teeth and lips and fingers and everything they touch with deep magenta. When I eat them, especially along the trail, it’s as if I can feel their nutrients energizing my body—emphasis on the “-zing”.

I held the bag in my hands and wondered, “When will I be back here? When will I be able to taste the radical wildness of these berries again? I must not let them go to waste!”

I grabbed a skillet, a tub of cottage cheese, and my trusty box of Bisquick (yes, Bisquick. It’s part of my childhood, and one of the few convenience foods I love too much to give up). Noah poked his head into the kitchen, lured by the smell of toasting batter in a buttered pan.

“What’s for breakfast?” he asked.
“My favorite breakfast of all time,” I said.
“Blueberry pancakes then?” (It feels good to be known so well…)
“Yep,” I said happily, “With wild blueberries and cottage cheese.”

Tasting those berries, intensified by warmth, was the perfect last meal. Someone once said to me that life is a series of moments, some of them great. Berries are like that, a series of really sweet moments. I will never forget the one’s we’ve had here.

 Blueberry Cottage Cheese Pancakes (serves 4)

Cottage cheese curds dot these crispy-gooey pancakes with little bits of melty goodness. The best way to add blueberries to pancakes is to pour the batter, and then drop the blueberries individually onto each cake.

2 cups Bisquick Baking Mix
2 tablespoons sugar
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup cottage cheese (large curd is best)
A few grinds of pepper

1 – 1 ½ cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
Butter or cooking spray, for pan

Combine first 6 ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and stir to combine. Heat a small to medium nonstick skillet over medium to medium low heat (4 out of 10 on the heat dial). Coat the pan with a thin sheen of butter or spray before pouring in a 4-inch wide dollop of batter. Immediately drop a few of the blueberries (evenly spaced) into the batter. When edges look dry flip the cake, and continue cooking until golden brown on both sides.


Another blast from summer's past: Forget-Me-Nots, the Alaskan State Flower.

Farewell Alaska. Forget you, I won't.

11 comments:

D said...

Sounds so gooooood!

Keegan said...

Ohh Ginny! This brings back the memory of picking blueberries in my backyard with you and Sierra. Tear, tear... it will never be the same! And the stains on our clothing will always be there to remind me of the delicious berries!

Kimberely Simonetti said...

...and in the morning, I'm making Blueberry Pancakes! Tims thanks you for this recipe the most!!!

Kathy Gori said...

happy travels and thanks for a wonderful recipe

Vegetable Matter said...

Hope your travels bring you to Texas!

Cookin' Canuck said...

Cottage cheese adds such a light, moist texture to pancakes. Good luck with your next life adventure!

alison said...

it sounds delicious!i love the picture with forget-me -not,it's one of my favorite flowers!so delicate!

MaryMoh said...

I love cottage cheese. I always add flaxseed oil and some marmalade to it...tastes very good. This pancake sure looks very good

Jessie said...

oh my these pancakes sound absolutely delicious. Have fun with your next journey!

Food-G said...

Thank you ALL for the well wishes. Sharing our adventures--past, present, and future-- with you, makes them that much sweeter.

Elizabeth said...

How bittersweet! And what a yummy sounding recipe! I can't wait to read about your travels! Anytime you and Noah want to swing by NY, you've got a place to stay. Was that too obvious? :)

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