December 16: Stirfry & Pancake

Wow it’s mid-December and there was a big snowstorm here yesterday (but many other areas were affected too), so it is really feeling like the holidays now. Chanukah starts on Sunday so I am very excited about that, can’t wait to eat some latkes!

I didn’t think I would have much to post this week but to my surprise, I managed to get 2 dishes to share with you. The first was a dinner and the second was breakfast.

Beef & Veggie Stirfry:

This was a very vegetable-forward dinner but there is also meat for protein. The veggies in here are onion, celery, carrot, zucchini and bean sprouts. For the meat, I used ground beef but any chicken or sliced beef (or tofu) would work too. I cooked all that down and then tossed in some egg noodles and then made a peanut sauce to flavour everything. The sauce had peanut butter, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, honey and chili garlic sauce.

It wasn’t quite enough sauce that I made but there was still a good amount of flavour in this meal. I topped mine with some sriracha for a little extra spice at the end which was perfect. I love all the textures of the vegetables, especially the bean sprouts. This was a very filling and well-balanced dinner!

*Check out the video for this stirfry on Instagram or Tiktok*

Banana Oat Pancake (No Recipe):

Normally when I cook, I don’t use recipes, but when it comes to baking, I have to. It’s a saying that baking is a science and it’s totally true. You need precise amounts of each ingredient in order for the result to be what you want.

Today, I tried to make pancakes without a recipe. I’ve never done this before but I figured it wouldn’t be too difficult… I guess I was a little wrong.

I started with the wet ingredients in my bowl – banana, sour cream and milk. Got all that mashed and mixed and then I added a little cinnamon and baking powder. After that, added some oats and whole wheat flour. I had added too much so I compensated with a little more milk. I thought it was good at this point so I cooked it at a medium/medium low heat for probably 5 minutes on the first side then 2 more after flipping.

So I know it looks like a nice pancake but it didn’t cook properly. I think I may have overmixed the batter so it was a little squishy/gummy inside. It also was not sweet enough but I put some maple syrup on top and that was enough sweetness. Overall, this wasn’t a horrible breakfast but it was a fun little experiment!

*Check out the video for this recipe on Instagram or Tiktok*

Reminder: You can see all the cooking videos that I make on Instagram or Tiktok.


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