My kids are back, in one piece, still coherent and as annoying as they were when the left for a five days advance football training camp with FCBEscola’s Barca coaches.
I was prepared and had cleared my hard drive to download the massive information overload I was about to get on their time away but to my surprise, all they wanted was sleep. They hit the snooze button the moment they got into the car. Supposed they deserved it. Regardless of the result, these two are already champions in my eyes.
I’m awed by their resilience. They attended each training session despite being sick. My husband had the same bug and he wasn’t doing too well fighting it. All he wanted was to lay in bed, under a blanket the whole day. So I was worried sick how my girls were taking care of themselves. My only assurance was them checking their own temperature and calling in to report. They had to medicate themselves and stay hydrated to keep it under control because they were determined not to let being sick come in their way.
So they deserved the snooze and slept through the drive home. Got up for a quick lunch and continued sleeping soundly until late evening. Even my heroic Bahadur (pet dog) joined them for a snooze.
To celebrate their willpower and determination, we went out to a nice cozy restaurant for dinner. Some life came back and they were eager to share with us all the drills and exciting things that happened at the Astro Kem Bola.
They even managed to go to bed, easily, after dinner. Which is a big deal because usually if they take a nap during the day, they would beg to stay up late and watch comedies on tele with us.
It’s 10am, the next day and they’re still asleep! But looking so peaceful and comfortable in their beds. It is hard to wake someone like that. I had to come up with plan B, an intervention was needed.
In the past, they would rush down for their favourite American breakfast and that was exactly what I did. I knew the smell of freshly baked pancakes and the aroma of fried greasy bacon would slowly but surely wake them.
Their favourite breakfast; fluffy American style pancakes, bacon and premium German pepper sausages.
To make these pancakes you’ll need; (allrecipes.com)
- 3/4 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons white sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- cooking oil/spray
Start off by mixing vinegar with mix, give it a good stir and let it sit for 5 minutes or until the milk starts to curdle. Meanwhile, mix the flour, sugar baking powder & soda, and salt in a large bowl. Add egg and melted butter into the milk and give it a good stir. Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and still gently with a fork, don’t overbeat it as that may cause you to loose all the bubbles from the mixture.
Heat a non stick pan, grease it and pour one ladle of pancake batter (we like thin pancakes but for thicker pancakes, use either a small pan or a bigger ladle). Wait for tiny holes to appear the pancake before flipping it over (this usually takes just a couple of minutes). Keep the pancake light golden and serve it with loads of maple syrup, topped with fresh cream and fruits.
We were so hungry and completely forgot to snap some pictures of the pancake stack. This was the last remaining piece, I know the picture doesn’t do any justice to it but trust me, this is a killer recipe. One you must try. Your kids will love you for it.
You could also double up the recipe and keep any leftover pancakes as school snack. Cling wrap them and just pop it into the microwave for a 10-20 seconds and they would taste as good as freshly baked. You can keep them in the refrigerator for 3 days.