After my first month living in Italy, I began to miss some staple foods from home. Growing up in California, I always felt a bit spoiled by how regularly I had access to incredibly fresh food. Avocado’s, for example, were always a food that could be found during most of the year, and were often ripe to perfection. Strawberries were also one of the first foods I missed. Sunny California truly does harbor some of the freshest fruits and vegetables, while also offering an astonishing variety of imported foods from neighboring countries. So, my list of foods I missed in addition to the strawberries and avocados became; Mexican burritos, sushi, fresh local seafood, and most products from Whole Foods (My favorite store).
On the brighter side, coming from the United States has given me the opportunity to bring and share some amazing recipes with my host family. Surprisingly, out of all the foods I could share, they were most interested in cooking pancakes! As I’ve continued to admire the Italian culture, I have begun to realize that pancakes are a highly prized food item, and a prize to be won for many. At first, I remember thinking how comical, a common inexpensive breakfast from the States has 4 Michelin Stars in Italy!
My host sister and I have made it a habit of cooking pancakes together on the weekends. This past Christmas, I even had my mom bring out a few boxes of instant pancake mix to share with my host family. They loved it!
This week I thought I’d share a classic pancake recipe with you all! After doing some research, I found this recipe on a chef’s blog called, Natashaskitchen.com. Be sure to check out her website for many more fun American recipes! The trick with pancakes is to keep the recipe simple. A good pancake is not complicated.
Enjoy! And remember, don’t forget the maple syrup for on top!
2 Cups + 2 Tablespoon All Purpose Flour
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
2 Tablespoon Baking Powder
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
2 Cups of Buttermilk (Milk)
1 Tablespoon melted butter
1. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
2. In a separate bowl, mix together the eggs, milk, and butter.
3. Heat a large skillet with two tablespoons of olive oil on medium/high heat.
4. Combine both wet and dry ingredients.
5. Spoon batter onto the pan into shape and size desired.
6. Cook for two minutes per side then flip.
Zelda is an Environmental Science student from California who is currently studying abroad in Italy. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, photography and painting. In addition to attending school in Italy, she also manages a travel blog where she documents her experience abroad and discusses culture, food, and her adventures.
Zelda e una Americana di California. Lei studia Environmental Science, e anche abita in Italia. Quando lei ha tempo libero, lei piace cucinare, photographia, e dipengere. Anche, lei ha una giornale su online, dove lei scriva a sua vita in Italia.