If you are in any doubt about whether you are an introvert or an extrovert I suggest this test (which if you are an extrovert will have you escaping the hotel to seek people) – spend 1 week at a luxury resort geared at couples on romantic mini-breaks, have your breakfast served to you on your room balcony and speak to about 2 people per day, the room service lady is a quick hi and goodbye proposition, and then you can also talk to the front desk. The front desk closes from 11pm to 7am, and as you are in the boonies, you are in the middle of black, Caribbean night with a television for company and all friends world over in different time zones are asleep. If you enjoy this you are definitely an introvert. Apparently I am an extrovert, because after a week of this I was feeling cutoff from the world and so I moved to a different resort, I am now probably one of the few people to try two Grenadian resorts on the same holiday. Anyhow, I have now moved to resort 2 – breakfast is a big buffet, which means you can decide in the instant what you want to eat, not the night before, being commitment averse this suits me much better. Also there is a huge amount of staff running around bringing you tea, chatting with you, discussing the weather the islands the spices the plants etc. And so today during breakfast I had these wonderful spiced pancakes, I have never thought to make them spiced before, which seems strange, as it is such a logical thing to do.
The pancakes are really special, simple to make, so highly recommended. In essence the same consistency as regular US style pancakes, so you can use your own recipe or else do some maths and minimise the quantity below. Chef Joseph kindly shared his recipe with me and allowed me to post his picture and the recipe!
Spice Island pancakes (makes around 100 for a big breakfast, or a party where your guests make their own)
4 cups flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons baking powder
36 eggs (yes I know it’s a hotel kitchen)
1 litre of milk
Cinnamon – he didn’t give me quantities here, but I would start with 1 tablespoon for this amount of flour)
nutmeg – freshly grated, don’t even try to use the dried up stuff you buy ready grated it just doesn’t taste the same (don’t use too much, don’t use too little!) Start out with a little, it’s strong stuff!
2 tablespoons traditional Caribbean spice mix which you can either buy if you can get it, or else make I found recipe here: mixed essence (this adds a peppery flavour to the pancake, although it might also be the copious amounts of cinnamon!)
This is wonderful for breakfast with traditional maple syrup, or nutmeg syrup, with or without bacon. I imagine it would also be very nice with great quality vanilla ice-cream and some cold stewed apples for dessert, that is if I was in a climate where it wasn’t 30 degrees….or course I will be in one of those shortly..
So I haven’t been to Fiesta Friday for a while but these pancakes seemed like a worthwhile offering to bring to Angies, so hello everyone, happy Fiesta Friday on a Tuesday. So a GREAT big thank you to Chef Joseph and greetings from the Spice Isle!