Archive for May, 2011

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

May 23, 2011

Apple cinnamon pancakes

We may not have quite as much time for elaborate cooking these days, but we do like to make time for a good weekend breakfast. These definitely hit the spot – quite different from our usual four grain flapjacks, which have become a weekend staple for us lately – nicely sweet and flavourful.

I guess really these are apple pancakes with a sweet cinnamon butter served over the top in place of maple syrup. They look quite like potato latkes when cooking due to the shredded apple, but the consistency is almost more cake-like. A definite treat to start off any weekend right.

The full recipe is here. Be warned that before cooking you let it sit for 30-60 minutes, so make sure you account for that in your timing. I assure you, they are worth the wait!

The 30-Year-Old Chianti

May 16, 2011


On our visit to Fattoria Montagliari in Chianti, Italy, Cari and I were astonished to see wines for sale dating back to the late 1940s. Much beyond, “Hey, that’s pretty cool,” we didn’t think much of it and enjoyed our best lunch of the trip, purchasing a recent vintage to enjoy at home later.

After leaving the vineyard, the thought popped into our minds – “I wonder how much a 1981 chianti would have cost us?”  After all, we had never consumed a wine more than a few years old and it seemed like a good occasion, what with both of us turning 30 in 2011, to pick up a wine as old as us. (more…)