Almond Pancakes

In this house pancakes are eaten pretty frequently. A few weeks ago, I visited my good friend Yoonmi and she showed me how to make a very simple baked bread. I don’t have an oven but the bread was delicious. One aspect of her cooking method that intrigued me was the making and the use of almond milk. I was surprised at how simple it was. She put almonds up to the 200ml mark and then water to the 600ml mark. She soaked the first batch over night and the second batch while the bread baked and we had tea.

Last week Auntie B visited from the States. She was really interested in making almond milk. After we made it and strained it through a cheese cloth, we all drank some. I wouldn’t use it to thicken my coffee or drink by itself. The following morning, I made pancakes and threw in the almond meal that had been strained out of the milk.  I used cow milk to make pancakes that morning. They were so good and gave me energy until 3pm! Which for me is amazing! Also they were so tasty that they didn’t need syrup.

Wyll and I have an ongoing battle for how coffee should be made in our house.  I prefer the stove top espresso maker to the hand drip filter. For many reasons but the top being that I don’t have the attention span to stand and pour hot water very slowly while the baby is trying to climb up my leg. Auntie B left us a giant bag of coarse ground coffee. The past few days Wyll has been using my cheese cloth to filter coffee.

In this house there is a lot to do so skipping steps and simplifying things is a must.Let’s just say the almond pancake recipe was simplified. I just mixed in the unfiltered almond milk and left out the cow milk. It is delicious and I’ve been making them every day this week! I hope you enjoy them like I do!


1 cup flour

2 Tablespoons Baking Powder

1/2 Tablespoon Salt

2-4 Tablespoons Sugar (Use less if you are planning to eat with syrup)

150 ml Almonds soaked in water up to the 400 ml line

1 egg

2 Tablespoons oil


In a mixing bowl, mix flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Then blend almonds and water until white with almond pieces about the same size as coarse coffee grounds. Add almond mixture, egg, and oil to dry ingredients. Mix well.

Cook like you would pancakes, put a 1/3 cup of batter in a sauce pan on medium high heat. Flip pancake when browned. Remove from heat when both sides are browned. Repeat until batter is finished.

Happy Peppero Day

So yesterday was Peppero day, one of the many silly holidays in South Korea. Well, I think they are silly anyway, but who am I to talk? The United States has an entire month dedicated to ice cream. I participate in Peppero day every year. I think it’s a fun way to interact with students almost as fun as Halloween. There may not be any dressing up but everyone is eating cookies and in good spirits. The holiday has only been celebrated for 15 years. One of my adult students told me that it wasn’t around when he was in elementary school but by the time he was in high school it was a very popular holiday. He also told me that it is for children and that he had never received a Peppero gift because he didn’t have a girlfriend in high school. I tried to convey that Peppero day is no longer a couples holiday. It is now more like Halloween even though it may have started off closer to Valentine’s day.

Another student delighted me by explaining that 11/11 is a day for tall people to give food to short people to help them grow taller. My youngest students inquired for the pencils, pens, colored pencils, flutes, wands, and long rice cakes I was also giving to them. Apparently anything that looks like a ‘1’ can be given as a gift, I had never heard that. I gave all my students Pepperos and then old students stopped by to eat some as well. I was also given some but they didn’t last long!

Happy Peppero day! May you grow as tall as the Summer days are long. 🙂IMG_1916