7/20/11

zucchini parmesan pancakes


Adapted from this lovely cookbook/awesome wedding present

Ingredients:
4 cups (1 lb) grated zucchini
salt and freshly ground pepper
2/3 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup Parmesan cheese (the original recipe used feta!)
4 large eggs, separated
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
3 T of chopped fresh herbs, your choice
3 Tbsp olive oil
Greek yogurt for serving

Directions:
Put the zucchini in a fine-mesh sieve, sprinkle with 2 tsp salt, and let stand for 30 minutes. Squeeze out any excess liquid. In a bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, and pepper.  In another bowl, stir together the zucchini, Parmesan, egg yolks, green onions, and herbs. Stir in the flour mixture. In a clean bowl, beat the egg whites to soft peaks. Fold into the zucchini mixture.
In a frying pan over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Drop 4 spoonfuls of batter into the pan and fry the pancakes until crisp, about 1 1/2 minutes per side. Transfer to paper towels to soak up excess oil.   Add more oil to the frying pan and fry the remaining batter. Serve topped with greek yogurt (or sour cream.)  Makes about a dozen small pancakes, or a few less larger ones.

7/13/11

halfway


































Yesterday we had our 20 week ultrasound.  We got to see the baby close up and looking very healthy and active!  After a bit of discussion we decided not to find out our little one's gender!!  I'm getting really used to the "patiently waiting" part of pregnancy.  I think it's been good for me to try and slow down a bit, enjoy the experience, and let nature work its magic.  Boy or girl, we will be completely smitten come November...or December.

So far the second trimester has been really good.  I can feel baby moving a lot more and I finally have a bump to show off...which is really what it's all about, right?!  The nursery is coming along nicely and I'm starting to educate myself on things like changing tables, diapers, swaddling, breastfeeding (eeeek!), and the general hormonal chaos and sleep deprivation that will surely hit once the baby is born....that I'll do my best to handle one day at a time.

Right now I'm just so excited, and trying to enjoy summer as much as possible while I can still do most "normal people" activities.  I'm hoping to tackle one more kayaking expedition before I get too large.  If they make wet suits to fit "the bump" I'll be a happy lady.

7/7/11

cabin time




























We spent last weekend at the cabin on Sugar Camp Lake.  We went biking and jet skiing (see Nick above), got plenty of dock time, and as usual, plenty of time with our favorite hound, who is turning out to be a pretty great travel companion.  It was a great weekend, but I'll admit that I totally slept through the fireworks show.  I think it's a sign that I'm getting old...who stays up past 9:45 anyway?  Not me!
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