Friday, January 22, 2021

Blackberry Pancakes - Video Recipe

Are Blackberries the most intense berry? They are comprised of mini-bubbles of juice and seeds that burst like Pop Rocks. They go from super-sweet to slightly tart all in one bite. But give a bit of grilling time in my Blackberry Pancakes and they smooth out perfectly.

In the South we have a similar berry call Dewberry. They look and taste almost the same. Growing up that's the berry I was familiar with. 

These days in Los Angeles I can get a 6-ounce plastic pack of fresh Blackberries in my local 99c only Store quite often. You could use frozen berries, but they will be mushy. Frozen are yummy in smoothies.

No special tricks to this recipe, I just add fresh Blackberries to a lightly oiled heating pan and pour on pancake batter. 

For the pancake batter, I use a commercial brand. If you have a homemade recipe then use it. I can get a large box of dry pancake batter at my local 99c only Store or Dollar Tree. Regular grocery stores sell it cheap enough, too.

My recipe is the easiest and quickest thing to make and starting the day with fresh fruit is a big tasty plus.

Check out how I make a cheap$kate breakfast of Blackberry Pancakes.

Blackberry Pancakes - Video
Play it here, video runs 1 minute, 41 seconds.

My YouTube video link for viewing or embedding, just click here.

Ingredients (2 servings, using a pancake mix)
  • 1 cup pancake mix - any favorite
  • 3/4 cup water - okay to use milk for a richer pancake batter.
  •  Blackberries - a handful. Depending on size, I use whole blackberries but sometimes will slice them in two. Okay to substitute with any fresh seasonal fruit like: blueberry, peach, apricot, strawberry, and even sliced banana or canned fruit like pineapple.
  • 1 tablespoon of cooking oil - to grease skillet. Add more when needed, depending on how many pancakes you make.
  • Butter and favorite pancake syrup as toppings - add as much as you like.

Prepare pancake batter according to package directions. My pancake mix calls for 1 cup of flour and 3/4 cup of water.

Mix pancake ingredients in a bowl. When mixed it will be like thick country gravy. Start to heat the pan over medium/low heat.

I like to place fruit down on pan first so it is in direct contact with the skillet for a little caramelization. You want to pour batter against the Blackberries so they stick to the pancake when you flip it.

Typical Pancake mixing and cooking directions. The box directions below mentions cooking time to brown each side as 1.5 minutes each....hmmm, they must be using a super hot pan!

My pancakes are larger and cook longer than these directions - of course, cook them your way.

If you want a dark brown pancake presentation, then just cook one side to get the right amount of brown, then cook the other side for a minute, to finish. Serve browned side up, on the plate.

It is easier to just mix berries into the batter, but I like the look I get laying down the berries first and pouring on the batter.

I serve hot with melted butter and my favorite pancake syrup.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

The Greatest Conspiracy Theory - The British are Coming! The British are Coming!

Queerier than QAnon, dippier than the Deep State, and more slipshod than Stop the Steal, my conspiracy theory Trumps 'em all, and it's 99.99% accurate like all the rest. My 99c News Team had dug deep and uncovered the Greatest Conspiracy Theory of All Time.

As usual, it's the .01% that are the real troublemakers. The question is what side of the fringe are you?

I seldom get political, but I couldn't resist the headlines of the last couple of weeks. You may want to stop here if you are a Trump fan because I can't help but pull his chain a bit in my satirical blog post that follows. But I do try stirring in food humor -- sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying.

Breakfast in America - coffee, whole-grain toast with lingonberry jam, egg & shiitake mushroom scramble, and sweet potato.

First off, the Election was manipulated by the Deep State and rigged Election Voting Machines, duh!  But it's Hollywood that really was the Wizard of Election Fraud, I mean, Oz. Living in Los Angeles I have the inside scoop: Hollywood has been taken over by British Actors who have our regional American accents down pat, sooo...the 2020 Election was a British Coup! Yes, it's the Revolutionary War 2.0

The first Prime Minister of America - Boris Johnson?

Think about it, England has been waiting 225 years to reclaim the Colonies, and thanks to their Presidential plant, Donald J. Trump, they have finally won. Trump was brainwashed by Hollywood British Producers (aka Secret Service MI6) during his The Apprentice years!

Hello to our new National Dish - Beans on Toast 

Goodbye Big Mac

You see, the United Kingdom wanted someone divisive like Trump to put one political party in the driver's seat of government, so Donald J. Trump really did Make American Great Again...for Merrie Old Englande, that is.

Five years ago it was a cyber-invasion by the Russians -- for this Election, the British are Coming in disguise...for us! 

Having Hair Trigger Trump in the White House was a disaster in the making, and his bungled handling of the Coronavirus has put President-Elect Joe Biden in the driver's seat for the foreseeable future. 

Of course, Democrats keeping control of the House of Representatives was a forgone conclusion, but with Trump in charge, he gave the Dems the Senate too! 

And he quashed the Republican's final stab at sabotaging the Electoral College by sending in the clowns, or disguised British Insurgents, to lay waste to parts of the Capitol Building in their final gleeful insult to our Republic, just like British soldiers did in August of 1814 when they looted and burned the White House to the ground.

Click on any photo to see larger.

As proof, what American in his right mind (Antifa, much less the Proud Boys) would be barechested with a face painted like Mel Gibson's Braveheart, wearing a horned fur helmet, and carrying the American Flag attached to a spear? Only the overheated, clich├ęd imagination of a British B-actor would show up in this costume.

And the result of the Capitol insurrection was that the Electoral College Count was completed in less than 24 hours, thanks to Benedict Arnold Trump -- God Save the Queen!

President Trump   =   Benedict Arnold     

So stay tuned and watch President-Elect Joe Biden with VP Kamala Harris steer the ship of state right into the arms of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris'll see. 

And once Britannia rules America will the Big Mac be forced to come topped with Beans?

This treasonist pillage of America's greatest fast food burger will not stand!

Give me Big Mac without Beans or 

give me Death!

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Best Cheap$kate Food Finds of 2020

 Deals Deals Deals - come and get 'em! 2020 was a great year for my budget food foraging finds, everything from Godiva Pudding to Radish Sprouts.

Well, if you are a frequent visitor, you have seen some of these photos illustrating my delish recipes, and special Deal of the Day reviews like below (click on names to see the original cheap$kate review or recipe.

Brown Cow Yogurt

Spring Rolls

Click on any photo to see larger - to read ingredients or description. 

I get comments all the time about how awful dollar and 99 cent stores must be. I can't argue with that, they carry an abundance of dross and Frankenstein foodstuffs -- hey, you get what you pay for. But I am a bottom feeder on a budget with over a decade of blog experience picking out the best for less. But don't come down on me too harshly, I do highlight plenty of organic food-stuffs that Dollar Trees and  99c only Stores now wisely stock.

Best Cheap$kate Food Finds of 2020

Bouillon Paste? Seems like a good idea.

This brand does a delicious job with frozen veggies and fruit.
Tastes just like regular ketchup, just less sugary.
Check out my Kraut Dog recipe here. I love sauerkraut this way.

Hey, I'll admit to eating from time to time a few preservatives and cooking with unhealthy oils like generic vegetable oil -- gotta keep my liver exercising! Of course, do substitute healthier ingredients in my cheap$kate recipes...if you have a Whole Food budget, or can even find any untainted ingredients in the food desert you may reside in.

Haven't tried these yet, but I like this brand.
Used to get a dozen for a buck. 
A little strange, but not bad?

I gotta give it up to my local 99c only Store and Dollar Tree. Without them, my food blog would be anemic and barren. When I'm low on food, I will go to a regular grocery store for coffee and deli-baked bread (usually in the bargain bin and a few days old,) veggies on sale, fresh seafood, and specialty cuts of meat, but I always make time for a quick stop at my fave cheap$kate 99 cent and dollar stores for many food deals.

Cooked Shrimp great in Fried Rice.

99 thanks budget stores and keep stocking the shelves for starving students, hardworking minimum wage earners, retirees on a budget, single-parent families, and everyone else without much change to spare and just plain old penny-pinchers.
Pastrami on Rye? Recipe for Easy Homemade Pastrami here.
Been having Bagels & Cream Cheese lately. 
Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese is intense but tasty.

For my Best Food Finds of 2020 I've learned to be an impulsive shopper - walk past one of these cheap$kate deals below, and by the time you get home, change your mind and return to get the deal, well, it will likely be gone.

Crackers ain't what they used to be and that's okay.
Just a drizzle really kicks up a Stir Fry.
Well, that's you're missing all you naysayers and snooty gourmands. Sometimes you gotta bite the budget bullet, but don't worry all my fellow penny-pinching gastronomers, the 99 Cent Chef has your back or at least your stomach!

My preferred hot sauce for Cajun cuisine.

And keep checking back for another year of scrumptious blog postings!

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