Summer vacation is here, and so are my nephews. They’re spending a couple of weeks with us, passing the time watching Skylander Academy, playing dominoes, destroying things on Xbox, moving to Just Dance, petting my sister and her husband’s puppies, and doing all other things that 11- and 7-year-olds find entertaining.
Like most kids, they can be picky eaters sometimes, so I consider it a personal victory when they come over and eat (and enjoy) food that I make for them. So far, I’ve been successful in having them eat homemade pancakes (thank you, Alton Brown), and my chicken and mushroom tomato alfredo pasta. Yesterday, I thought I’d try making them something similar to the no-bake chocolate peanut butter bars I’ve made before, with a twist.
Remember a while back when I wrote about three YouTube channels I like to watch when I’ve got time to spare? One of them is a food channel called Home Cooking Adventure produced by home cook Ella and her husband. I get glued watching her make her food because, aside from the excellent quality of the videos, she makes the procedures seem so easy that she makes even the most culinary-challenged novice feel they can pull a Remy.
I didn’t grow up wanting to cook. It was just something I picked up watching my parents and older sister. I eventually developed a bit of a knack for it (or so they say), but never really thought of making a career out of it. Sure, I entertained the thought for a while, but that never really panned out because I didn’t take it seriously enough (and I grew up being very easily influenced by others). Cooking brings me joy when I’m not being pressured into it, so turning it into somewhat of a regular hobby was perfect.
I’ve been wanting to make peanut butter pancakes for a while now, but for some reason, I’d always fall back to the old habit of making them plain and having everyone just top them with whatever they want. Well, I decided yesterday to stop procrastinating and finally get to those peanut butter pancakes.
Anyone who knows me can testify to my love of baked goods, especially cookies (or biscuits, as they call it in jolly old England), which is why I frequent Marks & Spencer more for the treats than the fashion. But if you’ve been to the M & S food section, you know how expensive their edibles are. Still, I haven’t been able to keep myself from picking up a few morsels from time to time.