Monday, 3 November 2014

German Pancakes

A childhood treat, special occasion breakfast.


Recipe calls for:

1 cup of flour
6 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups of whole milk

Blend well, no lumps, batter will be thin. Preheat skillet or crepe pan. Brush a thin coat of vegetable oil across hot pan. Then pour batter - keep swirling until the bottom of pan is covered - not too much, just enough to cover. Cook until slightly golden and then flip.







And there is, dare I say, a skill to serving and eating them.

Pour a little melted butter down the middle of the cooked pancake and spread it around with your fork. Then sift powdered sugar ('make it snow') on top. Squeeze some lemon all around.








Use your fork to roll. 









Perhaps a spoonful of lingonberries to top it off.



Voila!

How many can you eat?





Sunday, 2 November 2014

Succulent Cafe in Oceanside

Highly recommend, a must-see spot if you are passing through Oceanside or need a reason to visit in the first place.

The cafe is small.

The plants are rather small.

But the design, displays, imaginative use of succulents is GRAND.

Almost impossible to take it all in.

Be sure to grab a coffee or cold drink and sit and just look around.

….and then walk through again till your heart's content.












































More info, click here.


Friday, 31 October 2014

Carving Jack

Stopped in Ramona to pick a pumpkin.



Found a 45-pounder with a flat side that leaned a bit ---- seemed to have a lot of personality.








A bit curmudgeonly but darn cute!




Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Julian Pioneer Cemetery

What caught my eye, which you can barely spot in the distance, were the pumpkins set near the grave stones…












Friday, 17 October 2014

Creepy Fun in Cardiff


This stretch of Pacific Coast Highway is usually filled with surfers pulling off their wetsuits behind parked cars, parents pushing single and double baby strollers along a path shared by neon-clad runners and dogs of all sizes being walked by their owners.

There is the sound of relentless car traffic and trains whistling by. Lots of distraction.

But this decorated house.

Situated above the tracks.

Still caught my eye.





















Sunday, 12 October 2014

Mystery Breakfast

Maple Bacon Donuts

Our dear friend, back from her travels, invited us out to catch up, drink cocktails and enjoy a meal.

At the agreed upon time, we hopped into her luxury vehicle and were whisked to our surprise destination.

Which turned out to be:




The place and parking lot were packed, good thing we had a reservation.

Sat on the patio. 

Just as we ordered our drinks and a decadent starter (see top of page), two servers came by carrying a looooooooong paddle and we were compelled to nab a freshly baked pre-starter roasted pear scone to snack on while we waited for our maple bacon donuts.

Across from our table, a couple was contemplating the paddle offerings.


Oh my...

Both their sweet and savory menu items were divine!